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Reviewed September 4, 2023 via mobile

My wife and I were celebrating our wedding anniversary as well as my wife's 40th birthday and decided to visit Lazy Bear Lodge and Churchill to see the polar bears and other wild life in the region.

We had an absolutely amazing stay with Lazy Bear. The lodge is very cosy and homely. The staff are all really friendly and helpful. Our guides (Adrian and Alex) we're superb; really knowledgeable and fun and they helped make the whole trip fantastic.

The cafe cooks up some great food and baked treats and we got a fantastic birthday cake for my wife's birthday.

The gift shop is also very cool with some nice souvenirs and other things to pick up.

In terms of excursions we did a mixture of things organised by Lazy Bear but run by other companies like a helicopter tour with Hudson Bay Helicopters (not to be missed) as well as things run by the lodge directly.

Of the lodge run activities we enjoyed the zodiac excursion the most as this took us out onto the river to encounter the friendly and curious beluga whales. We got absolutely soaked but that only added to the fun.

We did the Arctic crawler tour as well but we unfortunately didn't encounter polar bears by the crawler. I get the impression that this tends to be a bit more successful later in the year i.e later in September and in October. It was nonetheless a good tour to go on.

Every night we were with Lazy Bear we also went out aurora watching and on our second night we had an absolutely jaw-dropping display of the lights. This was truly unforgettable.

One slight negative is that the scheduling of tours and excursions is quite wide and leaves some big gaps in the days. Some of the people we were with actually had some tours cancelled because of visibility and this led to them having a large amount of downtime. Given that Churchill is understandably a very small place, there is not a lot to do in the downtime. You may want to catch up on some sleep given the late nights with aurora hunting but it would also be great if the lodge could offer some additional trips, excursions, or talks/presentations that could help to fill up the days a little more.

Room tip: If you can travel later in September, or October, Polar Bear viewings are more likely.
Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed September 3, 2023 via mobile

Our experience at Lazy Bear Lodge from the moment we were met to board our plane to Churchill was great , Arriving at the airport in Churchill and being met by staff from Lazy Bear went so smoothly . Our overall experience was beyond expectations from the moment we checked in . We stayed on an all inclusive plan, including tours every day for four days and three meals included. The food was excellent , as good as any fine dining menu , great wonderful presentations , the serving staff are so personable . The rooms are small but cozy, with white linens on the bed which give it a more updated look . But it isn’t about the room as you will discover , as we did. The Tour guides work here and are not only friendly but so knowledgeable…On tour we saw great northern lights , beluga whales on a zodiac and polar bears by helicopter and a dog mushing tour. These were the highlights for us. Highly recommend. You won’t be disappointed ..

Date of stay: September 2023
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Kebjs2014
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Reviewed November 18, 2022

This adventure was one of the best my husband and I have had. We arrived in Churchill to blizzard-like conditions, which actually added to the whole polar bear anticipation. Eric and Kelly ( sorry if I misspelled your names) met us there and drove (all of) us to the Lodge, it was lovely. Just like the pictures. We had a quick lunch which was very good, and then went for a tour of the town. Upon return we were able to go to our rooms and unpack before our dog mushing experience. Our room had two double beds, and we were hoping for at least one queen. A little more space for taller people. The weather had turned to a quiet snowfall for our dog sledding and it was great. Don’t miss that one! The next day we were on the Tundra buggy and saw about 13 polar bears. It was amazing! They came right up to the buggy and we all got marvellous pictures. It is definitely a trip you have to experience as I don’t think words do it justice. Second day was just as thrilling. We went to the Tundra Pub for dinner as they are licensed. A glass of wine or beer after that experience was the perfect ending…(Wally, if you’re listening)… The food at Lazy Bear was quite good but again, a glass of wine…?
I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to experience something you may never see.. it is overwhelming, truly. Eric and Kelly were great guides. Very knowledgeable, approachable, and simple nice to be around. I would do it again. The bears are so majestic!

Date of stay: November 2022
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2022 via mobile

Tour was fantastic, we saw a lot of bears, staff was great, very organized. Lodge was very good but not luxurious, with beds subpar but ok considering where u are.food was good, servers very nice. This is not a Hilton, more of a best western.
I would stay again.

Date of stay: November 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Reviewed November 10, 2022

As each day goes by, I realize more and more just how special this adventure was. Every aspect of the tour was well organized and we were were given clear instructions about times and what to wear and expect for each segment

We were responsible for our flights in and out of Winnipeg, giving us the flexibility to add a day or two in Winnipeg before or after the Lazy Bear tour.

We were given a treat bag at the front desk of the Inn at the Forks when we checked in. It included instructions, lanyards, hot paws, name tags, polar bear candies and more.

Two personable representatives delivered us to the airport the next morning for our flight to Churchill where we met Kelli and Erik. Heino joined us the next day. Our fabulous guides worked as a team, safety always first, and shared many stories, background information, and our enthusiasm, patiently answering questions and gently reminding us to curb our enthusiasm and stay seated on the moving crawler!

The Lodge was welcoming: clean, comfortable and cozy and ALL staff were friendly and helpful. The food at the restaurant was excellent and whomever does the hiring chose the best of the best waitstaff from around the world.

Wildlife sighting and ideal weather cannot be guaranteed. But we saw polar bears. We saw ptarmigan. We saw more polar bears. One tried to eat our crawler.

On our last half day there was poor visibility and a polar bear was in town so we were unable to see or get out at the planned cultural spots. But a Parks Canada rep joined us onboard instead for a history of Fort Churchill and Q&A. Kyle is the grandson of Dave Daley with whom we had mushed dog sleds. Do not miss this amazing sledding activity if it is offered, as you will also be given a window into Métis culture.

The bear season is only 5 weeks long. The crawlers cost about $1 million each. Food, accommodation and fuel in the sub-Arctic are expensive. The only thing missing was the Aurora Borealis.

This is an expensive trip.

It is worth every penny.

Thank you Kelli, Eric & Heino and all of the staff at Lazy Bear. I learned so much about the north and had an unforgettable polar bear adventure.

Date of stay: November 2022
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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