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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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... The rain let off a little bit, as if being considerate of us. We were able to take a few photos, then continued on our way "home". We got back to the lodge around 2, drippy wet.
Even though we did bring our rain pants, but we did not get the chance to put them on. I was soaked through my underwear. And my cameras were wet despite my effort to protect them using the rain poncho. I pray the 1DX and the lens were all OK!!
Our rooms did not have heat. The heat was ...
... day! Unlike the weather forecast we read while at home, there was no rain today. It started out quite sunny, but later it became mainly cloudy, with the sun peaking out now and then. Even though Bob and I really put on layers of clothes, sitting in the vehicle for hours, with the wind blowing, it was quite chilly. I was very glad we brought all these warm clothes and I wish I brought more.
We drove west, as yesterday afternoon, but much further. We saw ...
... hats and mittens, but we were still cold, especially in the wind. I had a hard time handling my 2 cameras, one with the 100-400mm lens, the other with the 24-70mm lens. I used the black rapid double straps, but these straps don't really work that well with long lenses. Mine kept banging around .... Sigh ....
The area around the lodge was truly beautiful, with its autumn colors. I LOVE it! When the sun came out, the colors became more vibrant. ...
... 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 ...
... wandered off into the distance. Wow, we were excited and thrilled. This is what we all had hoped for- an opportunity to be up and persoanl with a polar bear in the wild. It was a moment to be remembered!
Our journey continued on and we stopped for another excellent on-board lunch near a different bear who was also lounging in a kelp bed. The bears often like lying in kelp beds, because it is soft, offers some warmth and ...