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Seal River Heritage Lodge
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Bullsbrook
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102 reviews
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“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed 17 August 2013

What a fantastic trip. It was our second time with Churchill Wild and it was even better than the first. The nay Sayers said we wouldn't see many bears in Summer, but they were very wrong! We saw over 20 different bears, walking, sleeping, swimming, playing. We saw young bears, old bears, mumma bears with cubs.
We swam with the Beluga whales which in itself is an incredible experience, they are so curious and bold, and make the most delightful music for us to hear.
Our guides, Terry and Andy are very experienced and knowledgeable. They instill confidence even when the bears are getting close.
The accommodation is very comfortable and the food great.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

Just experienced a marvelous trip to this property. The lodge is amazingly comfortable and environmentally efficient for such a remote area. Mike and Jeanne planned this extremely well and continue to be two of the most delightful managers one will ever meet. They are joined by their family in the operations and go out of their way to provide a remarkable experience for all guests. The staff is warm and welcoming, as well as, very efficient . The guides, Terry and Andy are excellent in helping the guests to see the wildlife safely while stressing the protection and conservation of animals and plants. There were many sightings of bears and whales. Few birds were present at the lodge at this time but Mike arranged for me to be able to visit birding areas during our day in Churchill. I have traveled to all seven continents and experienced all levels of adventure and highly recommend this trip if you want exciting wildlife adventures, meeting warm, wonderful people and having delicious food. They limit attendance to small numbers so you need to apply very early. Their trip planners and coordinators at the off-cite points are also very helpful and demonstrate the same warm and welcoming demeanor that seems typical of the "Mike and Jeanne standards".

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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San Francisco
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The reviews by Dr. Sridhar, Derek (Bath, England) and the Auzzie couple from Brisbane give you a truthful and correct evaluation of this amazing wildlife safari.We all visited the same week.

The Arctic has many surprises: I looked a beluga whale in the eyes and stood three-feet from a polar bear. Separated by a strong fence (at the lodge), the bear’s warm breath mixed with mine as we watch each other carefully. I watched the glimmering green northern lights and pinched myself every day to see if this was really happening. The quality of the lodge, fabulous food, superb guides Terry and Andy, and the hospitality of the owners, Mike and Jeanne as well as their family, made this experience among the best wildlife adventures I've had. I'd give them 5 Stars!

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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White Plains, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2013

These are facts about this great place -
1. You will walk among polar bears in the wild - as close as you can ever imagine or as close the Lord of the Arctic permits
2. You will watch polar bears swim in the bay and come to your zodiac and swim back to land
3. You will see polar bears not on snow - in July - amongst fireweed and rocks and green bushes
4. Polar bears will come to the lodge and be inches away from you
5. There will be beluga whales and they will come and chat with you while you float in a dry suit
6. Chatting with beluga whales will remain one of the most remarkable experience in your life
7. The trip to Hubbard point was fantastic - make sure they take your there
8. They are plenty of birds
9. Someone commented that there was no wildlife photographer - who needs one? you will have plenty of time to take as many pictures as you want - check out the pictures I posted
10. The lodge is very comfortable
11. The food exceptionally good and a lot of comfort food too - and they meet special needs too
12 The guides - we had Andy and Terry - the best you will ever see or meet - knowledgeable, responsible and friendly
13. The hosts Mike and Janie will make you feel as comfortable as possible and will address every need you may have - the best you can hope for
14. The Chefs - beautiful couple who cook amazing meals
15. The staff are first rate and highly efficient
16. you will have access to satellite based email only - no big files please - so you can keep in tough with your family
17. There is never a dull moment - the days are exciting as the short nights - we saw northern lights at 1 AM - and a spectacular moonlight
18. Expensive? Yes but worth every penny - the experience, I believe will last forever - my friends cannot believe the photographs I took - I told this story a 100 times already- and it is only been a week
19. Make sure you get the list of things you should have from the lodge before you travel - the bugs will get you - be prepared - antihistamines, steroid cream, epipen if you have allergies
20. The hotel in Winnipeg that you stay on arrival is efficient and convenient - 2 mins walk from baggage claim
21. The last week of July we had spectacular weather
Go there - it will be once in a lifetime trip

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  • Stayed July 2013, travelled solo
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Bath
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69 reviews
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Reviewed 27 July 2013

This lodge is magnificent. Mike and his family make you very welcome and tge service is exemplary throughout. The guides Andy and Terry were great and enabled everyone to get the best out of the trip. Highlights were swimming with Beluga whales and being within 2 feet of a polar bear at the lodge. Thankfully a wire fence between us. A real wilderness experience. Expensive but thoroughly worth it.

  • Stayed July 2013
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Brisbane QLD
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

I have been on lots of wild life safaris around the world and really love Africa but this experience surpassed my expectations. I did the Churchill Wild 7 day "Polar Bear Photo Tour " in November. Mike and Jeanie were wonderful hosts and all credit to them, their family and employees for creating a truly unique experience. This is an expensive trip but well worth every cent. Immediately after this trip we did the Fronties North "Tundra Buggy" 7 day photographic tour. This was some what disappointing by comparison and has room for a lot of improvement in most areas including accommodation, food and overall experience ( see review)
The lodge is in a very remote area on Hudson Bay and only accessible by a half hour plane flight from Churchill. The whole experience was enjoyable from the initial enquiries when I was promptly and politely answered to the stay at the lodge. The Seal River Lodge is a remote timber lodge built on Hudson Bay. It has a fenced outside compound to keep you safe from the bears when walking to the viewing platforms. It had been snowing before we arrived and snowed while we were there, this added to the magic of the landscape and our experiences with the Polar bears.
The bedrooms were in one wing, our timber panelled room was spacious with comfortable twin beds, an outside window (with bars) and a private toilet and shower. Some other rooms had queen beds while others were set up for families with bunks as well as a queen bed. The lodge was well heated, the lounge room had comfy chairs and plenty of space to relax at night while chatting about the day and downloading all the photos to our computer. This was also where we listened to informative talks and watched presentations in the evenings.
The beautiful timber dining room has large expansive windows looking out over the landscape with ever changing light on the snow and ice. The food at breakfast, lunch and dinner was like dining in a first class restaurant and such a credit to the kitchen staff. Special diet needs were no problem, there was plenty of variety and second helpings offered but mostly not needed. Cocktails were served with nibbles before dinner and bottled wine offered with the meal.
The main reason for coming to Seal river Lodge was to experience the Polar bears and although we did not see many the experiences we had with the polar bears were totally spellbinding. Tara and Andy our experienced guides gave us a safety briefing before we went out walking on the Tundra. We respected the bears space at all times, backing off if they showed any stress allowing the bears to dictate what happened out on the ice. At no time did I have any fear for our safety, mostly the bears seemed disinterested in us and more intent on what they were doing. We went out on hikes both in the morning and afternoon but often the bears were close to the lodge and easily visible from the viewing platforms. We were able to spent plenty of time just observing the behaviour of the polar bears as they were sparring with each other, rolling in the snow, walking to have a cool off by swimming in the bay or just sleeping. All of this created fantastic photo opportunities. We also saw ptarmigans, pine martins, red and black foxes but sadly no Arctic fox.
Our small group plus the two guides were the only people out on the tundra with the Polar bears, it felt like we were one with the bears and nature. We were given the wonderful opportunity to take truly amazing photos from the ground looking up at these magnificent creatures.
Thank you to the Reimer family for having the vision to create such a remarkable experience and share it with others.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 27 November 2012

I have been doing safaris all over the world for 25 years so being totally blown away by the Seal River Heritage Lodge, Mike & Jeanne and their children plus family and guides experience, was truly refreshing! Walking Safely with wild free roaming POLAR BEARS was unique and awesome a 100% WOW factor! The guides Mike, Terry , Andy and Tera always making sure we were safe around the bears and well informed. The wilderness feeling, the pure air, huge space, magnificent night skies plus the bonus of the Aurora Borealis displaying its magic throughout the night was something one can never ever forget. Luckily one does walk daily as you are continuously spoilt with simply the best food ever prepared by Carly and Riley using the freshest ingredients with the ever present lingon, cloud, blue, black or strawberry flavours......WOW!!!! Hats off to Mike and Jeanne and their phenomenal team! Ian J

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Property: Seal River Heritage Lodge
Address: P.O. Box 79 | Kleefeld, Seal River, Manitoba R0A 0V0, Canada
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Region: Canada > Manitoba > Seal River
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Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Seal River
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Churchill Wild - Seal River Heritage Hotel Churchill

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