Lazy Bear Lodge
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TravelPod Member ReviewsLazy Bear Lodge Churchill
We spent three unforgettable nights here on a polar bear adventure. From our arrival in Churchill on a tiny plane into a tiny airport, we were mesmerised by the town's stark charm. Our first impression of the lodge was that it looked warm and inviting in the surrounding frost and snow, like the front of a Christmas card.
The lodge is a traditional log cabin hand-crafted by the owner, Wally, who personally drove us in an old former school bus from the airport. As soon as you enter you are enveloped in a delicious warmth from the wood burning stove in the lounge area / reception. Checking in was very easy and we were allocated room 10 on the ground floor. The guy on the front desk, Joel, was very friendly and helpful; nothing was too much trouble.
Our room was simply furnished but very cosy, with an ensuite bathroom which had a powerful shower with lots of good hot water - bliss to come back to after a day in the biting cold on the subarctic tundra!
We ate in the lodge's restaurant and that in itself was an experience - where else do you see dishes on the menu like arctic char, braised caribou, roasted musk ox? The meals were home cooked and delicious. The service was a little on the slow side and that is my only criticism which I am reluctant to make as they are all such nice people! Maybe an extra couple of serving staff are needed? The food was definitely worth waiting for though. It's also worth noting that the lodge does not serve alcohol, but we overcome this by visiting the local liquor store and sneaking our own bottle into the dining room, to which they turned a blind eye. ;-)
After dinner we tended to venture out up the road for a few beers at the Seaport Hotel which had a understated bar at the back with live music and very friendly locals.
The organised excursions at the Lazy Bear are fantastic; the first day we spent the morning Huskie dog sledding (brilliant!) with a cultural and historic tour of Churchill in the afternoon. The best two full days were spent out in the Tundra Buggy polar bear spotting - what an experience! We saw nine bears in total, two of them so close that you could have reached out and touched them (not a good idea, ha ha). Seeing a real, live polar bear in the wild was utterly entrancing; it actually brought the tears to my eyes. What beautiful, majestic animals.
All too soon it was time to leave the Lazy Bear Lodge and we really were quite sad to do so. It was the taste of the simple life and an exquisite memory that will stay with us always.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
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... on the bear behaviour we were witnessing our driver James would fill in with his 9 years of experience and knowledge working in the area. The time flew by as we watched, filmed, took pictures and generally were in awe of these magnificent beasts and the environment they live in. There were a number of rare sightings such as a mother and two young cubs who at this time of year typically do not make their way to the bay this early. We ...
... feet! I have a picture (and some short video) of the encounter. He then walked along the side of our vehicle, looking up at us and near the front of the vehicle he proceeded to stand on his hind legs and stick his head into an open window. Now mind you, that window has to be at least 10 feet off the ground! This is the kind of encounter that makes the publicity brochures of travel companies! In real life our tour director says it ...
... from nose to tail. . Its massive forepaws can be 12 inches in diameter and are shaped like oars with partially webbed feet for more efficient swimming.They have great eyesight and hearing and its nose is so sensitive it can detect a seal over 20 miles away.. They can even sniff out seal dens covered by three feet of ice and snow. .
Fur colors range from pure white to yellowish. Its fur converts an amazing 95 percent of the sun's ultraviolet rays into usable heat ...
... what they love best - run. The guy who runs the dog sledding, Dave, is such a character, born and bred in Churchill. He loves the dogs so much and they love him back and you can really appreciate the bond when he walks into the dog yard. The 1 mile dog sledding was a great experience and gave you a small taste of the arctic lifestyle. After the dog sledding ...
... the day some of it manages to make its way inside the open windows. The heater's also appreciated when returning from the bitterly cold outside viewing deck. We were kept plied with food (soup, rolls, pastries) and drinks. Morning tea was the best with hot chocolate with a dash of Baileys. In the evening after dinner we were privileged to see some photos on the large screen by one of the local photographers - an art to aspire too. What wonderful creatures ...