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313 Kelsey Blvd. Box 931, Churchill, Manitoba R0B 0E0 Canada
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This is no regular log cabin. The timber was reclaimed from a fire in the boreal forest. Using hand tools, the logs fit together so well as to appear as if they were melted into each other. The windows were recycled from an 1800's Hudson Bay Trading Post, and if you look closely, you'll see the characteristic wave of the old glass.
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Gwen T wrote a review Aug. 15
Las Vegas, Nevada2 contributions
I took my two sons to Churchill in hopes of seeing belugas, polar bears, and if we were lucky, the aurora. We saw all three and our trip was fantastic! Truly a trip of a lifetime! We enjoyed our tours and walking around the little town, including the museums and train station. We had Derek as our guide and he was really fun and had lots of interesting facts about the history of Churchill, since he used to live there. Katelyn was a great guide also and we really enjoyed being with her on our kayak trip! Wally, who built and owns the lodge, gave us our coastal tour on his boat. We saw many swimming bears and a mama and her cub, plus lots of whales. He was also a great source of information on the area. The restaurant has really good food and the most amazing vegetables you’ve ever had, courtesy of their own greenhouse. We found the serving staff to be very friendly and accommodating. They are usually bombarded with many guests all at once, (returning from tours) and did their best to keep us all happy. Overall a great experience and highly recommend the Lazy Bear Lodge!
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Bring wipe on mosquito repellent and sunscreen. Also, quick stop to Northern to get some wine and...
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KCsEndlessAdventures wrote a review Aug. 9
Todos Santos, Mexico213 contributions126 helpful votes
Without a doubt, a stay here is an experience of a lifetime to be able to enjoy close encounters with beluga whales, see polar bears, and other wildlife. I was surprised that we saw the northern lights 3 out of 4 nights too, especially in late July/early August, and the rooms exceeded expectations, very comfy, and even included robes, bathtubs, and Keurig coffeemakers. Another big plus was Derek, he is a super friendly guide with some great stories, and I enjoyed trips with Kaitlyn (SP?) too. As part of the package we were booked in hotels the first and last night in Winnipeg which were great, very impressed with that, and the charter flights with Calm Air too. I'm baffled by the people who blame the lodge for mosquitos and other insects, I've seen the reviews here and heard a guest complaining. I brought a hat with a net but didn't have to use it, just a dab of lotion with Deet was all it took, no bites. There was only a few minutes at one point where they were bad when we were out sightseeing, surely not the lodge's fault. Bottom line is that I really wanted to give this 5 stars and would do 4.5 but it's not an option. There is some room for improvement, I agree naturalist guides would be a good idea but that didn't really detract from the trip because just being there with the wildlife and spectacular scenery was fantastic. Service/organization could be improved a bit to make it better - there wasn't an explanation of how meals worked and while all of mine were included in the package I purchased, not all were for others so it was confusing to servers and to guests too, leading to some awkward moments, especially on the first day before we got our bracelets that indicated that (something none of us knew until it happened). The food was good but the service in the restaurant was generally average to poor with a couple of exceptions. Had to wait an hour a few times and once close to 90 minutes for a sandwich, plus a very long time to sign off on the bill at the end of many meals which meant having to skip at least a few meals there to avoid missing an activity/tour. Minor issues at the front desk - I canceled an activity because it was scheduled too close to another tour on the same day and there wasn't an option to reschedule, a bit frustrating but understandable due to the scheduling. It was never actually canceled though, and another guest who became a friend was missed on the list for northern lights calls - the response from the front desk was, "it wasn't me who was working." That said, upping the customer service a little would definitely make this a 5-star experience.
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Just my opinion wrote a review Jul. 2022
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Third time to Churchill. First time with Lazy Bear. The lodge is lovely. The best in Churchill, for sure. People are nice. Tour was a HUGE disappointment. For the hefty price I was expecting a “real” whale watching experience. You can’t predict the weather, or where whales will or won’t be—that I completely understand. That said, they only took us to the ugly, seemingly polluted, harbor area to kayak and on the zodiac. We spent very little time on the zodiac looking for whales. Spent most of our time at some fort. Traveling so far, we expected to have more of a nature whale watching experience. We should have gone to other costal areas on the kayak and zodiac. To only go to the port area was a HUGE disappointment. Meals are not included in the package. All in, this is close to a $5600 tour, not including airfare to Winnipeg from the US. You might be better off making your way to Churchill and pre booking tours with another local tour company. Or spend a bit more with a more organized inclusive tour company. We didn’t have the chance to take a helicopter tour, which I highly recommend. We met many who took the hour long helicopter trip, which is pricy at $600. But they all said they saw large pods of whales from above, as well as bears. They even landed to visit a bears den. Space is limited. So if you decide to go, book early. Lastly, we did do a costal boat tour, included in our package. We did see several bears, including swimming bears, which was wonderful. However, they had us out for nearly 8 hours and we returned to the lodge after the kitchen was closed. You would think they would keep their own kitchen open to accommodate their paying guests with a warm meal after being out in the cold elements for 8 hours but they didn’t. The challenge is all the restaurants in town close at 8:00 PM. It would be a good idea, in my opinion, for them to be more nimble with their schedules and adjust the dining hours accordingly, to accommodate their guests who have spent thousands to be there. The last day here we spent doing absolutely nothing. There was only one activity offered to us—which was an additional $200+ . I would have gladly paid extra but they brought you back, once again, to the ugly port area. I didn’t expect to spend $5000+ to tour around an ugly port area. Do your research before booking. If you are looking for an expensive trip, with lots of downtime, where meals are not included and somewhat limited and expensive, this trip is for you. If you want to have more of an immersive experience you may want to look elsewhere.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Anne D wrote a review Jul. 2022
Seattle, Washington1 contribution
We came to Churchill for the beluga experience and Lazy Bear delivered in spades. Nobody can guarantee where bears and beluga will be, or the weather, but we got amazing breaks on both as far as the belugas went, and terrific food and lodging in between. Try the elk stew and arctic char for dinner, and a milkshake for an afternoon treat. The lodge rooms are clean, the beds are comfortable, and the showers hot. It's a terrific place to come back to after the contrast of boating through ice flows or walking around the tundra. Everyone at the lodge was lovely, enjoys being there, and takes care to answer questions and needs. Our exceptional guide, Heino, was knowledgeable and watched out for our safety and optimal experience. I suspect I'll be back for another beluga experience, but may come up again for the polar bears. Churchill maybe addictive. If I do, I'll be booking through Lazy Bear. They know how to deliver an outstanding customer experience. Several thumbs up!
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Date of stay: July 2022
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Jude H wrote a review Jul. 2022
Winnipeg, Canada1 contribution
Still smiling ear-to-ear a week after our stay at the Lazy Bear Lodge. What an experience! Front desk staff were so fun, friendly and informative (best not list their names and risk forgetting one). Rooms were great; housekeeping happily kept the lodge clean; the Cafe (expresso bar) second to none. Tours organized by hard working tour guides, made the experience unforgettable.
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Sheila Henry-Wilkinson wrote a review Jul. 2022
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We had the pleasure of meeting Heino and Caitlyn. These two professionals are proficient and knowledgeable about the churchill environment. The beluga whale watching tour was incredible and was made even more spectacular by the icebergs in the Hudson Bay. We are looking forward to our next visit to see the Polar bears.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Robert I wrote a review Jul. 2022
Tampa, Florida264 contributions111 helpful votes
The Lazy Bear Lodge is probably the coolest place to stay in Churchill. It is beautifully rustic, having been actually built by the owner. It is decorated in a style appropriate for northern Manitoba with clever things throughout emphasizing polar bears. Our room was very comfortable. The employees at the Lodge are friendly & outgoing. They readily provided information on things to see & do in Churchill (which is fairly limited other than seeing the beluga whales in July). The Lodge arranged our beluga watching excursion and cultural tour. The belugas were great but the mosquitoes were so bad during the cultural tour that we ended our participation early. Apparently, as the weather warms up, millions of mosquitoes come to life and they are everywhere, including in the Lodge & the vehicles transporting you. Mosquito nets are a must! If you want to visit Churchill, we highly recommend staying at the Lazy Bear Lodge….very nice place with even nicer people.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If you come in July, bring a mosquito net for your face and long sleeves.
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Margie I wrote a review Jul. 2022
Tampa, Florida, United States105 contributions10 helpful votes
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We arrived in Churchill with 60 degree weather! The ice on Churchill River & Hudson Bay was beautiful to see! Unusual for this time of year they told us!Our room was very comfortable- the downside to warm weather is that the mosquitoes & bulldogs( horseflies) were out full force!( bring a head net & plenty of bug spray & hydrocortisone)! Our trip on the zodiac was awesome! Beluga whales everywhere!😍
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Room Tip: Best time to come is mid July to see more Belugas!( more bugs though!)
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Tucker L wrote a review Dec. 2021
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The rooms are comfortable and clean and probably the best in Churchill for lodging. The restaurant is good and the menu changes which is nice. You only get one dinner included and the hotel doesn't supply any alcohol, but that was known ahead of time. The other nights you pay normal restaurant prices, and they didn't have any Arctic Char (other restaurants did). Safety is a priority, activities are punctual and it was a nice trip overall. Also really enjoyed the dog sled trip. We were disappointed on how so much emphasis was put on coffee breaks and taking pictures of birds and other random stops. Chit chat with guests which prolonged unnecessary stops and prevented a better bear experience. And the second guide, I think his name was Kent, was so keen on his camera that he often stood in front of paying guests on the viewing platform on the back of the buggy. I also had numerous requests that were ignored ie- making dinner reservations at other restaurants, lighting up the fireplace. We stopped for a coffee break because it was 10:00. I asked if we could wait 5 minutes and drive up to the other buggies (from Great White Bear Tours) that were surrounded by bears in the distance. Still not sure why our father/son expedition team thought it was also a good idea to keep such a distance. If you want a slow and relaxing trip with good food and a good lodge with predictable time schedules this is a good pick. My wife and I put more attention in the bears so I would lean more towards Great White Bear Tours or Frontiers North. They were always in the middle of the action and it seemed were higher in the pecking order amongst the buggies. Our friend went with a private expedition and had a great time, for cheaper, and was brought to a yurt for a northern light show.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
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Shawn S wrote a review Nov. 2021
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Just returned from a Fabulous trip with Lazy Bear Lodge. The entire trip went smoothly from start to finish. The staff that we spent time with were very well organized and friendly. The food was good in the mornings altho the staff did seem a tad overwhelmed at times. The dinner we had at the lodge was very tasty ( I had the Elk) and the lunches ( sandwiches and soup) that were served during the Crawler days were very good too..plus the hot chocolate & cookies. We saw 8 beats on our first day & a 2yr old actually jumped up onto the front of our crawler & looked in the window ! Very Awesome. The 2nd Crawler day we saw 20 beats for a total of 28., pretty amazing amount. We forgo a couple of museum tours to tour Churchill on our own to get a feel for the town. We were lucky on our first nite there to see an extraordinary Aurora display lasting about 3 hrs. We also thoroughly enjoyed our ‘Ididamile’ sledding adventure. All in all it was a Very Worthwhile trip and we were so very lucky to have it check off all our boxes. The hotels that we were put up in in Winnipeg were first rate ( Inn at the Forks & the Grand) . The only 2 slightly negative things were that the Lazy Bear is unlicensed so we weren’t able to have a drink with the friends we met after the tours and enjoy the lounge atmosphere, altho tea & coffee sufficed . The other was that our beds, tho comfortable, were squeaky being on casters. It was a Great experience & we recommend Lazy Bear
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Lazy Bear Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Lazy Bear Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Itsanitaq Museum (0.5 km), Prince of Wales Fort (4.4 km), and Miss Piggy Plane Wreck (4.6 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Lazy Bear Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Lazy Bear Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Is parking available at Lazy Bear Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Lazy Bear Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Tundra Pub, Lazy Bear Cafe, and Seaport Hotel.
Does Lazy Bear Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Lazy Bear Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Lazy Bear Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Lazy Bear Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Is Lazy Bear Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.7 km away from the centre of Churchill.
Are there any historical sites close to Lazy Bear Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Prince of Wales Fort (4.4 km).
Is Lazy Bear Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.