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Polar Bear and Cubs, Sunset, Digital Oil Painting, Canadian Arctic, Canada

Walking with Polar Bears

  • TAILOR-MADE HOLIDAY IDEA

Duration

8 Days

Prices Start from

£8,875 ex. flights

Scout the landscape for birds, bears and belugas while staying at Seal River Heritage Lodge, combining the thrill of beluga whale-watching with the adrenaline rush of  “on the ground” polar bear walking safaris. Travelling between July and August, find yourself in a remote location deep in the heart of polar bear country, staying in an authentic wilderness lodge with all the comforts of home.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Beluga whale 1

Kayak with Belugas

Take to the cold Arctic waters to paddle amongst majestic white beluga whales.

Northern Lights, Spitsbergen, Svalbard 2

Northern Lights

Witness the greatest light show on Earth, the aurora borealis, even in summertime.

Arctic Fox 3

Spot Arctic Foxes

Take a short jaunts to stake out dens and photograph playful Arctic foxes.

Polar Bear, Churchill, Canada 4

Walk with Polar Bears

While maintaining a safe viewing distance, walk amongst predatory polar bears.

Why we like it

Accessible only by air, and strategically located on the shores of the Hudson Bay, Seal River Heritage Lodge is surrounded by an unspoiled wilderness that is home to hundreds and sometimes thousands-strong populations of birds, beluga whales and polar bears during the summer months. For six days, be guided by some of Canada’s finest naturalists, walking on nature trails and embarking on marine expeditions that include kayaking in Arctic waters alongside enchanting belugas. Embark on wildlife photography trips, zodiac explorations and tuck in to picnics in isolated locations, while looking out for other species that include Arctic foxes, wolves and moose. Despite the polar bears that stalk the coastline, this is a soft adventure that is highly suitable for families with older children.

Don't forget, we will customise this journey to suit you.

Accommodation

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  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge

Boasting panoramic views of the surrounding tundra and sea, the Seal River Lodge offers fantastic opportunities for bear viewing and spotting wildlife. Polar bears roam the area and the lodge has a large fenced space at the rear, which almost guarantees an up-close encounter with one of these powerful creatures. It also has an observation tower and can make for spectacular aurora viewing in the winter months. In the summer, Hudson Bay is teeming with beluga whales and Seal River Lodge can arrange trips to spot the whales by kayak.

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All I can say is “everything was perfect”.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Roxy

After years of dreaming about a trip like this, I entrusted the planning and logistics to Sue. What a seamless journey and the most memorable trip – I will never forget seeing a narwhal for the first time.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

We couldn’t believe that it was possible to see so many beluga whales and polar bears in one trip. This was a remarkable trip and one that was fantastically well put together by Sue.

Destination: Canadian Arctic
Travel Expert: Sue

A note on price

This Itinerary
Price
From £8,875 Per person

When to travel

Canada in January

January is an undoubtedly cold time of year in Canada, with temperatures reaching negative daily. However, visiting during this time can be a good chance to avoid the overwhelming busy times of the festive season and school holidays.

Canada in February

Winter in Canada offers an array of sporting and cultural events both indoors and out. Banff, Whistler and Jasper offer phenomenal ski resorts or perhaps be a spectator of an ice hockey match, arguably the country’s favourite sport.

Canada in March

While March can be a good off-peak time to visit, it is worth being prepared for drastic weather changes. However, this also means lower costs and fewer crowds. The mountains are still open for the ski season and cities are ideal as they are fewer tourists.

Canada in April

April marks the start of spring across Canada, a time to avoid crowds and discover all that the country has to offer with comfortable temperatures on average.

Canada in May

May is a favourable time to visit Canada, with temperatures rising, avoiding school holidays and off-peak rates.

Canada in June

For many travellers, June is the ideal time to visit Canada. Just before peak season, the weather is favourable and most of the trails and seasonal activities will have opened.

Canada in July

Summer in Canada calls for longer days to explore the natural beauty that awaits outdoors whether it’s hiking, fishing or camping. Temperatures average around 25, making cities quite warm but head into the wilderness or by the coast and enjoy the open air.

Canada in August

Summer is considered the peak season with warm temperatures and all attractions open. It is worth noting this time of year can be quite busy as it is school holidays.

Canada in September

As autumn rolls in and temperatures lower, September is a great time to avoid massive crowds and experience all that the country has to offer in comfortable weather. September is also the beginning of the salmon run, a peak time to see the bears fishing.

Canada in October

Temperatures continue to drop in October, also bringing cloudy days and rain. The autumn foliage is in full bloom across the countryside. This can also be a good time to take advantage of off-peak rates, however, it is worth bearing in mind that the weather can vary and some coastal towns will have started to close for the season.

Canada in November

November is a good time of year to visit the cities of Canada. It is too late to view the foliage and a bit too early to skiing yet, but a good time to explore cities across the country, in temperatures averaging 5 degrees.

Canada in December

The build-up to the festive season is in full swing across the country. Snow may have already started, making the perfect scene for ice skating and markets.

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