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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.
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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 ...
... but it was difficult trying a sneak a quick nap when things were slow.
During the first two two hours of the ride we did see several polar bears, mostly in the distance. We always stop, kill the motor and spend 10-15 minutes observing them through binoculars and taking whatever photos we could using long lense cameras, all the time hoping the bear would rise up and do something exciting. Well, today it happened! A large ...
... the real adventure begins....Churchill here we come!
No security lines, no boarding passes- our mini bus with 12 travelers and 2 tour guides simply drives right up to the boarding ladder of our twin engine, 42 passenger turbo prop and as soon as the second bus load of 12 arrives we are off to Churchill. Sure is a nice way to fly. The flight today is about 2.75 hours as there is a moderate headwind. I grabbed a window seat to take photos but the cloud cover prevents ...
At 8am we all jumped into the Tundra Buggy to spend our first day out on the Tundra in search of Polar Bears and other sub arctic wildlife. We didn't have to wait long, before we left the lodge we were welcomed by a Polar Bear. They are as majestic as I had imagined, even more so. The day was even better than I could of imagined or hoped for. ...
... they actually make dens and hibernate until the birth of their young in spring. It wasn't long before we spotted our first polar bear! What an absolutely awesome sight. He apparently was a subadult but he was a big boy and obliged us by doing a little bit of digging, a little bit of posing. He was also nibbling on the kelp which apparently they do in order to keep their digestive tract in good working order whilst there is no ice and they can't hunt ...