Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point
Stay in The Tundra Buggy Lodge and fall asleep with the northern lights and awake to the padding of a polar bear. Add dog sledding and a helicopter flight over the frozen Hudson Bay and you have the makings of the ultimate sub-arctic adventure.
At a Glance
Season from October to mid-November for bear migration
Witness the glow of the northern lights from the tundra
Experience life on the tundra in prime polar bear viewing territory
Have an adventure dog sledding and take a helicopter over Hudson Bay
If you're passionate about wildlife photography ask about the Cape Churchill expedition
Encounter other arctic wildlife from foxes, hares to snowy owls
Learn about polar bears from species experts in the field
I know that Hudson Bay will change dramatically in my lifetime with climate change - to see the Hudson Bay bears migrate out onto the ice to hunt after a long summer was truly a once in a life time and those memories will stay with me forever. Its a story of true survival.Maudie Tomlinson
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There is nothing more magical than seeing polar bears in their natural environment, strolling across the tundra or up close and personal as they peer into your buggy. Churchill has been crowned the Polar Bear Capital of the world due to the relative accessibility for seeing these majestic animals on the Tundra. Between October and November, the polar bears begin their migration out onto the ice making for prime viewing. The Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point is located some 25 miles east of the remote town of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in a camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. The Tundra Buggy Lodge run by family owned company Frontiers North is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.
Whilst staying on the lodge, guests go out on the separate tundra buggy's for daily safaris accompanied by naturalist experts to explore the area beyond the Lodge to view wildlife from polar bears, to arctic foxes and snowy owls. Evenings at the Lodge are equally enjoyable, with regional home cooked dinners, the good company of fellow guests and Frontiers North guides and experts from renowned polar bear researchers and scientists and historians giving nightly presentations in the lounge. There is always the chance of seeing the green aura of the northern lights from the observation decks.
The Lodge accommodations are cozy bunk beds with shared bathrooms. While accommodations are cozy and comfortable, guests must be prepared for communal living and with adventurous spirit.
Depending on departure date, guests can choose to stay on the Lodge at Polar Bear Point for 3 or 5 nights. Before going to stay at the Tundra Buggy Lodge, you can experience two nights or more staying in the town of Churchill - mingle with friendly locals at a local bar, indulge in shopping for Inuit crafts, go dog sledding and take a helicopter ride right out of town to take in the frozen Hudson Bay from a birds eye view.
Wildlife photographers and those looking for a one of a kind expedition should about the Legendary Cape Churchill annual specialist eight night trip inside Wapusk National Park. Frontiers North is the only operator granted access the cape area of the frozen tidal flats of the Hudson Bay - guests can expect to be surrounded by ice, snow and polar bears and to walk away with some National Geographic worthy photography.
The Lodge consists of accommodation units with bunk beds kitted out in the British Hudson Bay Company heritage blankets. Each bunk has an individual window, a thick curtain for privacy, individual bedside lights and plug sockets. There are three shared bathrooms with hot water for showers per unit. There is a lounge cart with internet and Wi-Fi; and a dining unit where guests enjoy delicious regional home cooked food. Generally there are 20 guests on the Lodge at Polar Bear Point and up to 40 guests on the very specialist 8-night Cape Churchill trip.
Due to the proximity of the polar bears on the tundra, buggy's pull up to the Lodge for daytime wildlife viewing and guests are not able to walk on the ground around the lodge for safety reasons.
We would not recommend bringing very young children for numerous reasons; the days are quite long (8 hour-long tours on the Tundra Buggy) and it can get quite cold and uncomfortable for younger children. For teenagers with an adventurous spirit and an affection for wildlife, a 3 or 5 day stay at Polar Bear Point would be an experience of a lifetime. The 8 night Cape Churchill trip is best reserved for adults only.
Combine a stay at Polar Bear Point or Cape Churchill with other unforgettable activities. Spend a couple of nights in Churchill town for an authentic experience in the north. Whilst lodgings are basic, they are characterful. Staying in a town with no roads in or out makes for a unique experience, speak with locals in Gypsy's Cafe or in one of the numerous drinking holes. Explore the local Eskimo Museum, browse Inuit Art and artisan products from hand-made moccasins to stone carvings. For an adrenaline rush, choose from exhilarating dog sledding across the boreal forest to experiencing the majesty of Wapusk National Park from the air in search of wildlife from polar bears, moose, seals, caribou and arctic fox.
There is also the opportunity to spend time in Winnipeg before traveling North; ice skate on endless frozen river beds, explore Assiniboine Park Zoo Park and the 'Journey to Churchill' exhibit, book a guide to explore Winnipeg's fascinating history, museums and art galleries and the world-class Human Rights Museum opening late 2014. Thermëa Nordic Spa is also a must to indulge in well-deserved massage and unwind in thermal waterfalls and pools among snowy landscapes.
Location & Directions
When to go
The Tundra Buggy Lodge has a short season dictated by weather conditions and the polar bear migration. The Lodge at Polar Bear point is open from October 23 through November 19 and then moves to Cape Churchill in Wapusk National Park for one specialist photography and wildlife enthusiast 8-night trip from November 17 to 28.