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Seal River Heritage Lodge

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Another Bob wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Four of us visited Seal River Heritage Lodge in August, 2019. We did in fact see, and photograph, birds, bears and belugas, but it was the staff that really made the trip a success for us. Our small group of 14 guests was outnumbered by the attentive staff. Kitchen and housekeeping staff were always friendly and on top of our comfort and appetites, but the three men who lead the walks / rides really made the difference. They were our teachers, protectors, and for the week, friends. They could quickly call us by name. They dined with us, and taught us while walking and at casual evening discussion / slide show sessions. Their own varied backgrounds, so very different from ours, gave us each a very different perspective on world wide travel. Wetter than typical weather necessitated running schedule changes on short notice, but we were never without interesting topics to be seen, enjoyed, and discussed. Our group was represented by multiple countries and ages from a young teenager to those of us in our 70's, including a family with three generations traveling together. In addition to learning about the local wildlife, we learned about each other. This was a wonderful trip.
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Date of stay: August 2019
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rkay2412 wrote a review Jun. 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom2 contributions3 helpful votes
I have visited a number of centres on photography trips in the winter but this is ny favourite. The Lodge, on the edge of the Hudson Bay, is extremely comfortable and the warmth of the building is matched by the warmth of the staff who are there to greet you and look after you during your visit. The location is very beautiful and the opportunities to see and photgraph wildlife very good. The guides who take you on the walks are extremely knowledgeable and your safety is paramount. I am astounded how such wonderful food is provided in such an isolated location. This is a great Lodge, staffed by highly skilled and supportive staff. The team work so well together. The weather in the winter can be challenging, but this is part of the sub Arctic experience. An great experience and not to be missed.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Arctic Wild wrote a review May 2020
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Churchill Wild has been recommended to us by a friend, who was very excited about their lodges. Therefore, our expectations for this trip in November 2018 were very high. But our first trip to Seal River Hertiage Lodge even exceeded our expectations. We first boarded our Calm Air flight from Winnipeg to Churchill and were greeted there by members of the Churchill Wild staff. We then continued on a small Caravan plane to the lodge. At the lodge, we were greeted by our guides and the wonderful staff like we were family. The lodge is very comfortable and cozy and we immediately felt at home. The main attraction for sure is to be able to encounter polar bears on ground level, without any fences in between. This is an incredible experience! But it is by far not the only highlight: There is plenty of other wildlife, from snowy owls to foxes to ptarmigans. And then, there are the northern lights. The guides will alert you, when these are visible, which in our case made for two short nights… The food at the lodge is delicious. Breakfast options are hot and cold cereals, eggs, fruit, homemade bread and sometimes a surprise special. Lunch and dinner is served family style and every single meal was delicious. We enjoyed many nice discussions with our fellow travellers and with our guides and hosts during these meals and in front of the cozy fire place. The lodge is very comfortable, especially given it‘s remote location directly on the coast of Hudson Bay. You have running (hot and cold) water, 24 hour electricity - and plenty of extra blankets and hot water bottles, should you feel cold at night. The only negative aspect: leaving this place after 4 days doesn‘t feel right…! We will definitely be returning in the future.
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Date of stay: November 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Ian Johnson wrote a review May 2020
Johannesburg, South Africa4 contributions
I have been fortunate to be able to visit Churchill Wild Lodges for 8 continuous years since 2012. Wildlife is my life and I am privileged to have been involved for more than 30 years. In my short experience I have learnt that you are at the mercy of the weather. Something that is unpredictable even if you choose the best possible dates at prime times for your holiday. In the time of visiting Churchill Wild lodges from Seal River to Nanuk Lodge the weather has always dealt a different set of conditions. What I have experienced in my short time have been two early freeze ups and two years of very warm weather late into the season. The other 4 years were what the locals would say are normal predictable weather seasons. When there is an early freeze the polar bears are in heaven meaning they can go out onto the ice and start hunting for seals. They have been slowly starving from June for nearly 6 months. With a longer warmer season the polar bears really suffer, desperate to get out and eat some of the weaker bears will not survive the winter when this happens. So last year 2019 it was an early freeze and the bears were not waiting for anything or anyone at the first opportunity they were out onto the ice leaving the coastline, the lodges and guests including me. In 8 years this was the first time I did not see a bear while staying at a Churchill Wild lodge. Understandably the guests were very disappointed having travelled so far for a dream experience. Thanks to Churchill Wild pulling out all the stops against tough weather conditions we were able get out of the lodge early and luckily see some of the last few bears around Churchill Town. Nature and its cycles had disappointed us guests, not Churchill Wild, who run a first class ecotourism operation and did everything possible for every guest to at least see a wild polar bear!
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Paul J wrote a review Dec. 2019
Chur, Switzerland2 contributions5 helpful votes
Churchill Wild have polar bears all over their advertising. They present the trip as a certainty you will see bears. Our whole group saw not even a single paw print. It was a complete waste of money and a hugely upsetting trip as I had planned this as a 'once in a lifetime' trip to celebrate my partner's 40th birthday. Churchill Wild might try to tell you this was a one-off, and that it is almost certain you'll see polar bears, but this is not true. Another guy on our trip was trying for the second time, and was disappointed again! The guides also said that it does occur not infrequently. So please don't spend the money on this trip unless you are willing to accept the significant risk of being totally disappointed. Churchill Wild advertising is simply misleading. Don't be sucked in by it as we were!
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Date of stay: October 2019Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Seal River Heritage Lodge
What food & drink options are available at Seal River Heritage Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
Does Seal River Heritage Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Seal River Heritage Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.