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Dymond Lake Ecolodge by Churchill Wild

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Seaside13903 wrote a review Dec 2022
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I travelled to Dymond Lake Lodge, operated by Churchill Wild, with a group of travellers in November 2022. Every part of this trip is an adventure, from arriving in Churchill airport and seeing the airport sign about being in polar bear country, to the ride on the tiny plane to the lodge, to the daily walks to look for bears, to the view out the window watching foxes and ptarmigan, to the northern lights lighting up the night sky. Nothing prepared me for the vastness of Hudson’s Bay and the tundra or the beauty of the sunsets. Nothing prepared me for the thrill of seeing my first polar bear right in front of me, with no zoo bars between us. Many thanks to our three wonderful guides who were polar bear spotting aces. Many thanks to all of the lodge staff, the staff in Churchill and the organizers of these wonderful trips – every aspect of the trip was first class and that is something considering the remoteness of where we were. Everyone we met as part of trip were exemplary in their customer service. I would also like to thank my fellow travellers for being such outstanding lodge companions. You always meet such interesting people when you travel to places like this. So, if you have the spirit of adventure in your soul, I can’t recommend this trip highly enough.
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Q Chen wrote a review Nov 2021
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We just returned from a mind-blowing experience with Churchill Wild and I have to share. 1. It is a unique experience that you won't find anywhere else: Churchill Wild is a family owned and operated arctic safari. Yes, there are other companies that offer seemingly similar tours in Churchill. Yes, Churchill Wild is more expensive than others, but it is very much worth it: Churchill Wild is the only company that offers polar bear encounters on foot. You will not be driven in a vehicle. You will be following extremely experienced guides and looking for bears on foot. Your interaction with them will be that much more intimate. You will be staying at a remote lodge that is only accessible via private planes from Churchill. You will be completely surrounded by wilderness outside of the compound. Talk about being one with nature. It doesn't get any better than this. Note, our tour was based out of the Dymond Lake Lodge. Churchill Wild operates another two lodges. 2. It is a tightly run ship: from the moment we reached out to Churchill Wild to inquire about the tour, to the welcome dinner in Winnipeg, to the transfer to Churchill, to everyday at the Dymond Lake, every single detail has been thought through and worked out perfectly. Due to weather, we had to stay an extra day at the lodge, normally I'd be panicking about changing COVID testing, flights home etc. Churchill Wild was so well connected with local pilots, well organized, and calm in their communication that I trusted them 100% and in the end, everything worked out without me having to do a thing. 3. Best guides anyone can ask for: Terry has been working with Churchill Wild for 14 years and has been guiding for over 30. There isn't anything he doesn't know about bears, wolves, plants, birds etc. Mike and Mark are super experienced in their own right: Mark specialized in canids and Mike specialized in geology and environment. They tracked and spotted bears during our daily walks, and put on incredibly educational presentations about the arctic and everything it has to offer in the evening. I walked away a much more educated person and have so much appreciation and a stronger desire to see more of the world from this trip. We also had an extremely talented wildlife photography guide with us, Robert. His work and knowledge about everything blew my expectations out of the water. On top of all that, they were hilarious! There was never a dull moment talking to the guides. I can't thank them enough for being so awesome! 4. The people are amazing: every single person we met was 5 star fabulous. Doreen and Courtney took care of all the logistics. Nolan, Bunny, Sue, Erin and all the staff at the lodge made sure our stay was as comfortable, fun and easy as possible with good food and good conversations. We miss them so much! 5. Good experience is best shared with friends: of course Churchill Wild can't guarantee what you will be able to see. The guides absolutely tried their best. We consider ourselves extremely lucky. Our tour was Nov 1-7, 2021. From the moment we landed at the lodge, we saw bears and we saw bears everyday. I lost count but believe we saw 6-7 different bears all together, including on the tundra buggy at Churchill. It's not just the quantity. We also saw amazing bear interactions: two male bears hanging out, a male bear chasing a female, two male bears getting in a fight etc. We were also showered with the incredible aurora borealis right after dinner one night. Watching the dancing lights moving across the entire sky and on top of Dymond Lake, the only thing I was able to say was "holy s&*^!" The icing on the cake of all of these unforgettable experiences was that we shared them with the new friends we met, not just the staff and guides but all the other guests. It was such a fun, considerate and charming group of well-traveled people. I came back home with a list of places I want to visit and people I can reach out to ask for tips and advice. 6. Prepare for the trip: if you rent the gears from Churchill Wild, you will not be cold, at all. I'm glad that's what I did. Not only I didn't have to buy coats that I'll never need living in California; I also didn't have to pack the heavy, bulky gear during the long trip to Churchill. I rented the full set and bought these myself: waterproof beanie, merino wool heavyweight (400g) base layer top and bottom, merino wool expedition balaclava, merino wool mountaineering socks. I bought hand warmers and gloves but I didn't use them because I was so hot in my gear. They keep the lodge so warm that I wish I packed more t-shirts. So if you want to be comfortable, pack layers: short sleeves, long sleeves, fleeces, etc. Please note, you'll need a tripod if you want to take good photos of the aurora borealis. I will conclude by saying: if you like adventures, if you want a one of a kind experience, if you want to hang out with a group of cool people for a few days, if you have the opportunity, do an arctic safari with Churchill Wild. You will walk away with memories, friends, and a full heart.
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Date of stay: November 2021
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SueandCelia wrote a review Nov 2022
Yorkshire, United Kingdom11 contributions1 helpful vote
Walking the tundra with 3 excellent guides in search of with polar bears (and other wildlife) was an absolutely magical experience. It was great to have high-quality specialist clothing (to keep warm in a snowstorm with temperatures down to -18 degrees) and then to return to a comfortable lodge for excellent food and informative evening presentations. We can't praise Churchill Wild highly enough for smooth logistics, excellent staff (special thanks to Jen!), and taking care of all our needs. The icing on the cake was the tundra buggy trip (provided by Frontiers North) on the final day, when we saw 16 bears, including family groups. Highly recommended!
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Leslie F wrote a review Nov 2022
Fergus, Canada4 contributions
This is a very special, remote place that provided one of the best travel experiences of my life. Situated 30 km north of Churchill, it is the perfect place to view and walk safely amongst polar bears and other interesting wildlife .. and stand on Hudson Bay. My room was cozy and warm, food was abundant and exceptional and the guides were top notch. There is a peaceful feeling being here that is hard to get anywhere else in this busy world. Folklore says that once you look into the eye of a polar bear you will never be the same. Thank you, Churchill Wild. I am forever changed.
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Wen Juin wrote a review Nov 2022
Singapore, Singapore30 contributions10 helpful votes
We wanted to see polar bears in the wild and to do so on foot, and we chose Churchill Wild because they are the only outfit that offers this. In this regard we got absolutely what we were looking for. It was an incredibly exhilarating experience walking slowly and quietly as a group towards a polar bear that our eagle-eyed guides had spotted from several hundred feet away, and pausing frequently whenever it looked up at us so that we could assess its intentions and it could become comfortable with our advance, and eventually getting to within 100 to 150 feet of it, and all this without the bear showing any sign of discomfort or distress. That alone was enough reason to go with Churchill Wild, but there was so much more on top of that. The scenery around the lodge is beautiful. The room was cosy and comfortable and the lodge had all the amenities we needed, which was quite remarkable given its remote location out in the wilderness - Jean, in charge of maintenance, kept everything running like clockwork. The food was consistently excellent. The parkas, ski pants and boots provided by Churchill Wild were superb so that we felt warm at all times even though the temperature dropped to negative 10 degrees Celsius. The brilliant guides (Boomer, Norman and Mike) were very good spotters of wildlife and were unceasingly passionate and keen to share their extensive knowledge of the geology and flora and fauna of the region - we enjoyed very much their evening presentations on such topics. All the staff at the lodge were unfailingly warm and welcoming such that it felt like being at home. We had interesting conversations with the guides, photo leader Robert Postma, and Jean, all of whom have a wealth of stories to tell from their adventurous lives and a keen sense of humour. And there is the lovely bonus of a good chance to see the Northern Lights, which we were fortunate enough to witness twice during our three nights there. We greatly appreciated the fact that, notwithstanding their duties in the day, the guides take turns on Northern Lights duty, meaning that each night one guide will wake up at intervals to check if the Northern Lights are visible and will summon guests from sleep (with their consent) if so. In order to set realistic expectations, it may be worth mentioning that our experience was that we saw more bears, and at a closer distance, during the Tundra Buggy segment of our itinerary than during our time at the lodge. It seems that for safety reasons it is not possible to get too close to the bears on foot, whereas during our Tundra Buggy tour we had a bear walk right up to our buggy and sniff it, and the fact that one can cover more ground in a buggy than on foot probably means a greater likelihood of encountering bears. But we found it a whole different experience approaching the bears on foot, in that we felt much more connected to the landscape and the environment than in a vehicle, and to us that experience was well worth the admittedly high cost of the trip. This lodge is specific to Churchill Wild's Great Ice Bear itinerary, and we thought that this itinerary was well-suited to casual photographers like us, in that we received very useful tips and guidance from Boomer and Robert, who were happy to explain even the basics patiently to us and did not presume to engage us at an advanced technical level that would have left us feeling lost and overawed. Another big advantage of this itinerary is that it allowed us to experience seeing bears both on foot and in a Tundra Buggy - as unique and special as it was to walk up to a bear, it was also fantastic to see no less than 7 bears, including a mother and cub and a pair of play-wrestling sub-adults, during the Tundra Buggy tour. Overall we would wholeheartedly recommend booking the Great Ice Bear itinerary with Churchill Wild and staying at this lodge. Our trip ran from 29 Oct to 4 Nov 2022.
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Date of stay: October 2022
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Balsher wrote a review Nov 2022
Atlanta, Georgia103 contributions116 helpful votes
My wife and I just returned from a memorable experience at this lodge. We thought the setting, the food, the staff -- from the kitchen team, to the guides, and the managers -- were all excellent. We booked this trip so that we could have an opportunity to hike on the tundra and view (hopefully) polar bears and other wildlife. We also had 3 professional photographers during our stay. They were most helpful. Robert P. and Ben gave me some great tips on how to use my camera. Boomer provided amazing insights and stories that highlighted his knowledge of the land and wildlife. Norman showed us (among other things) how to spot ptarmigans (aka chickens), who were camouflaged against the snow. Each of the guides made presentations in the evening, including one about polar bears, one about how wildlife adapts to the extreme temperatures in the artic, and another that included numerous tips about photography. The guides were, to a person, enthusiastic. You could tell they really enjoy what they do. (Or if they weren't enjoying themselves, they were terrific actors.) The kitchen staff was great, and the phone was tasty and filling. If you have any interest in viewing wildlife in their native habitats on the tundra, I highly recommend this tour. We booked it directly with Churchill Wild. .
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Jon Z wrote a review Oct 2022
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Unique walking experience with the Polar Bears. Standing within 60 feet observing their habitat and behavior. We had 3 guides for our group of 15 with each guide highly experienced in the artic flora and fauna. These guides are highly trained and provide an expereince not comparable to riding in a vehicle, The accomodations and food presentation is of the highest quality especially when you realize you are in wht wilderness only connected by airplane travel. The Chuchill Wild staff endeavored to make you feel welcome and to give you the best experience available. Even when we left the lodge and had transportation issues on our way home, the staff contacted us to offer assistance.
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AnnaDominica wrote a review Nov 2021
London, United Kingdom154 contributions121 helpful votes
What an amazing trip this was. Everything was perfect. Everyone involved in this visit made it a very special time. I do not think I will ever forget the sight of my first Polar Bear - and really enjoyed the walks looking for more. Terry, Mike and Mark - three very special men - made it interesting and safe. It was a huge amount of fun walking and talking with them. And hugely enjoyed the evening talks. The staff at Dymond Lodge went far above anyone's expectations - they were simply fantastic. In a world that is a little tired of this endless pandemic this was an escape from those worries - and although the expression 'trip of a lifetime' is a little over used this really was one. And when the Northern Lights lit up the sky - the world became a very magical place. Thank you to everyone involved.
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Kccke wrote a review Nov 2021
Austin, Texas143 contributions75 helpful votes
We spent time here thru Churchill Wild since that is the only way to stay at the lodge so it is also a review of Churchill Wild tours. The lodge was comfortable especially for such a remote location. Also stayed in Churchill and Winnipeg. The lodge experience was great especially the lodge staff, non-guides. The lodge staff was extremely attentive and truly made everyone individually feel special. The guides were good, Mike was outstanding and Boomer was knowledgeable and stepped up as needed. The experience in Churchill was awesome, especially riding in the Rover where bears came up to it, truly unique! The only disappointment was at the end of our trip. Upon returning to Winnipeg we were supposed to receive a voucher for dinner since our arrival was late but instead we had to have a "buffet", no options; and then we had to pay for our drinks, first time during the trip! Overall not a huge deal but unfortunately was the "last" experience to remember, especially at the prices charged by Churchill Wild. So 4 stars overall!
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judith19662015 wrote a review Nov 2021
West Midlands, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
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An amazing 4 days at Dymond Lake Lodge which we will never forget. Our most magical moment was a polar bear walking across Dymond lake while we were standing on the dock. The whole team at Churchill Wild are fantastic and can’t do enough for you to ensure the perfect stay. The knowledgeable and fun guides Terry, Mike and Mark always had our safety as top priority whilst also respecting the polar bears. Their evening talks were informative as well as a great way to wind down after a days adventure. Staff at the lodge worked tirelessly for our every need and went out of their way to cater for my personal food allergies. We would recommend hiring the Arctic gear as it was top quality and ensured we remained warm and comfortable whilst out on the ice. Overall a phenomenal experience thanks to everyone at Churchill Wild.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Yes, it is 1.0 km away from the centre of Dymond Lake.