We decided to stay at the Tundra Buggy Lodge while we were in Churchill and are so glad we did! The accomodations are pretty basic (think summer camp bunks in a double-wide trailer) but clean and comfortable. The food was awesome! I didn't expect it to be anything great, but it really was quite delicious. The guide was also very knowledgeble, friendly and fun.
The best part about staying at the lodge is that you get to sleep out with the bears! It's actually a pretty long drive from town to the heart of the tundra, so if you stay in town there is a lot of wasted time just driving to and from where the bears are likely to be. By staying out on the tundra, we were the first to be out in the morning and the last to go in at night - we hands down had the most bear viewing time per day. We saw about 12 bears over 2 days. There are two different lodges. I would recommend the one operated by Tundra Buggy Tours. They've been operating in the are for the longest and have the first choice of where to set up camp. Our location was quite a bit better than the location of the other lodge, which was much closer to town and not that close to what appeared to be the bear hot spots.
Comfortable, warm and clean. For the purpose to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Three meals a day, plus snacks and happy hour. Very well organised.
Unique Quality: Slide nights, presentations all about the wildlife and surounds. Very knowledgable host. Toilets were not the best though (pans).
Directions: Hudson Bay, Manatoba, Canada
I didnt stay here but I really wanted to... Out on the tundra near the beach there are a few defunct Tundra buggies bolted together to create a hotel. You can spend the night and watch Polar Bears killing time just outside your plexiglass school bus window. Good aurora watching, too if its not too cloudy. I visited during the day and saw a frisky arctic fox.
This would be the coolest place to stay in Churchill, but unfortunately it is very, very expensive, and so mostly used by professional photographers and those with a few grand to burn.
I cant remember which hotel we stayed at (I think it was the Aurora) but they all seemed about the same. In 2001 it was roughly 100 US$ per night. Wherever it was, the accomodations were roomy, friendly, and clean.
The Tundra Buggy Lodge is comprised of a number of specialized vehicles. When fully assembled on the tundra, the Lodge is 100 meters long. Hitched together are 2 sleeper cars (housing up to 38 guests ) with a lounge car, dining car, and 2 utility cars. There are open decks between buggies perfect for shooting photography shooting platforms. You can stay at hotel based accommodations in the town of Churchill but the Tundra Buggy Lodge allows 24 hour bear viewing. We saw bears every morning at breakfast-what an experience! This is not a budget trip due to the remoteness. The cost of a 3-day/2 night Tundra Buggy Lodge trip is approximately $1,900 USD which does not include travel to/from Winnipeg so it is not for the budget traveler. Most people on the Lodge have already been to most other exotic desintations such as Antarctica, Africa, Galapagos, etc.
Unique Quality: There is 24 hour polar bear viewing.
34 Franklin St, Churchill
Box 788, Churchill
cnr Kelsey Blvd & Franklin St, Churchill
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Address: Churchill, Canada