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Hudson Bay Helicopters

Churchill, Canada
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Craig-World-Travelle wrote a review Oct. 2019
Agoura Hills, California1836 contributions543 helpful votes
We really enjoyed our 1 hour helicopter ride. It was a rainy day but we were able to still fly. Even being cloudy and drizzly, we still enjoyed it. We flew over the town of Churchill, Churchill River, Cape Murry and Fort, Ithaka ship wreck and over the Churchill Wildlife Management Area. We saw lots of polar bears, 11 in one small area. You are 250-300 feet in altitude but its is a great view. Even in mid-Oct we saw a few Beluga Whales in the Churchill River. It is amazing to see how vast the wetlands are from this perspective. Our pilot was great and pointed out all the sites. I would love to do this again on a future visit. It the weather was better it would even be more enjoyable.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Holli9078 wrote a review Oct. 2019
Gatineau68 contributions136 helpful votes
Spent two almost hours at the beginning of Polar Bear season sight seeing with these guys. We saw plenty of bears and our pilot was very knowledgeable and we did learned a lot about migration and polar bears in general. Great people and great service
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Date of experience: September 2019
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lica_alisa wrote a review Nov. 2018
San Francisco, California248 contributions43 helpful votes
We came to Churchill on November 14. To our disappointment the ice froze earlier and all bears went away to hunt in Hudson Bay. We didn’t see any bears around Churchill, so the helicopter ride was our last chance to find any. Fortunately we spotted a couple of bears after flying about 30 min. There was even a kill site - bunch of blood and parts of a seal - scary, but interesting. However it was hard to see the bears because the helicopter was changing sides back and worth so we all could take a look. Also helicopters are not allowed to get closer than 300 feet to the bears, so we were pretty far away. We only spent several minutes looking at them because we needed to let the other 3 helicopters to see the site. The other disappointment was that the back seat windows were covered with ice. Somebody scrapped the ice off a bit, but it was completely impossible to take a decent photo or video in the back. Instead of enjoying the views we were trying to clean the windows. For such high price it shouldn’t be like that. They should have a scrapper at least. Meanwhile the front seat window was completely clear, not to mention spectacular view that lucky person got. Another thing that bothered many people in our group was the woman that checked us in. Even when our group leader said that he’s going to take care of gratuity for the pilots, she kept suggesting that we also should tip them individually - this is turn off! Pressuring people into tipping is never good move. The bay covered with ice was quite spectacular! Maybe if we saw more bears we would enjoy it more, but overall this experience did not live up to our expectations. Our one hour helicopter ride cost over $1000 for two of us. Quite pricey, right? If you decide to do it, grab a front seat.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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lsp2170 wrote a review Oct. 2018
Sydney, Australia23 contributions7 helpful votes
Amazing from when we opened the door, we were greeted just like family. Very welcoming from Joan who from the start organised our booking to our safety brief with hot drinks from another pilot that was offered when we arrived. Evan our pilot was amazing, made the experience of finding the polar bears so easy we saw 12 polar bears and 7 moose. They went above and beyond to make our experience one of the most enjoyable. Thank you so much.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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ester94 wrote a review Oct. 2018
Canton, Ohio522 contributions212 helpful votes
We loved our trip with Jesse. He is an excellent pilot and no knowledgeable and passionate about the area. We highly recommend this tour. It is a wonderful way to see the area and bears...which we did not disturb.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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