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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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... to the lounge area to have a wine or two and guess what joined us looking through the windows - a female Polar Bear, our very first one! She seemed very curious at us human beings, we were now the ones in a cage. The chef did a great job and we had a delicious chicken and vegetable dish for dinner, before going off to bed we were given all the rules and safety ...
... team at a later stage - wonderful. Dave was saying that he has bought a semitrailer and that today 2 ton of frozen chicken was arriving for his dogs. He waited until the weather was cooler to have it shipped in by rail because he uses the semi as his storage for the food and doesn't even have to plug it in! Next was a bit of a trip around the water's edge to kill 15 minutes or so. We stopped at the grassy area behind the Town a Centre where, on ...
... as to history, culture etc. Paul, the driver, is also a biologist and very informative. Polar bears are frequently seen in the tiny town of Churchill, which us guarded 24/7 by the bear patrol which consists of RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) reps from Parks Canada and Manitoba Conservation Officers. Cars here are left unlocked and with keys in the ignition in case someone needs to escape a bear. Everyone is warned to keep an eye out for bears and not to walk at night. ...
... dicy rails sitting on heaving permafrost and you have a trip that takes a long two and a half days. At times you could almost walk faster than the train was rolling but it was good fun and it took you back to another era of travel (helped in no small part by the fact that Via hasn't upgraded the cars since the 70's). I do think that Via has missed a real opportunity to make the actual train experience the highlight of any journey to the North (or any other part ...
Today started around 6:30am, getting showered, changed, breakfast in the dining car, some light banter as to what we are hoping to see out on the tundra then a final packing of the camera bag then out to our tundra buggy for the day.
We were all set to go and left our base at the lodge and we had not gotten more than 20 metres from the dock when we discover four bears hanging around. We stop and observe them and of ...