Priced from $3,849   Days: 6 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save up to $200!

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Enthusiast Packages 

These six day tours are offered in July and August when the Churchill River is full of hundreds of beluga whales who move into the warm shallow waters to give birth and feed on small fish. These curious and friendly whales provide wildlife lovers with a memorable experience. Observe the whales by zodiac and by kayak (additional fee), or join them in the water for an unforgettable snorkeling experience (additional fee applies).

On the flowering tundra, explore the protected Churchill Wildlife Management area by Tundra Buggy for a chance to see summer wildlife including fox, caribou, wolves, and moose as well as nesting birds. Often, you will also see the first of the polar bears as they migrate into the area.

Other highlights of this trip include a city tour of Winnipeg, and visits to the Eskimo Museum and Parks Canada in Churchill.

Participants are limited to a maximum of 22, ensuring window seats for everyone on the Tundra Buggy.

Adventurer Packages

For a slightly less expensive tour, the Adventurer offers almost the same activities as the Enthusiast package (no Winnipeg city tour) and most meals are not included.  Participants are limited to a maximum of 40.


 

Priced from $10,895   Days:9 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

Discover the Canadian Arctic at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in Northern Manitoba where pristine, untamed wilderness is waiting for you! 

The exprience begins in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada where you start your adventure kayaking with belugas whales that are very curious and friendly.   The belugas will come to visit you at your kayak with a friendly look and little love bump to check you out before travelign along side of you. Churchill is a small historic community that is on Hudson Bay where fur traders obtained furs for wealthy Europeans into the 20th century. 

This is a great wilderness area for a variety of wildlife to view and photograph. 

Our main base, Nanuk Lodge, is located on the Hudson Bay shoreline. The area is fenced off for safety but still allows for great observation and photography. Plus, daily excursions from the lodge onto the taiga and tundra will allow us to walk among the bears and other wildlife. Our experienced guides are well-versed in bear safety and use great care in not disturbing the bears.


 

From $13,200!   Days: 19-20

A cruise to Antarctica is a cruise to an inspiring and otherworldly place, where wildlife viewing opportunities abound. These voyages include the historic Falkland Islands and the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia as well as the Antarctic Peninsula itself. A cruise on the M/V Ortelius or M/V Plancius is excellent for wildlife viewing, as both ice-strenghtened ships feature plenty of protected viewing spaces, open deck space and zodiacs for shore expeditions and exploration.

For the traveler looking for an Antarctic cruise on a comfortable expedition class ship staffed by one of the world's most knowledgable polar nautical crews, this voyage to the Falklands, South Georgia, and Antarctica is an excellent choice. 


 

Priced from $10,995 CAD 2018   Days: 7 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

Dymond Lake Lodge offers a lodge based polar bear tour with easy tundra walks for bear and other wildlife viewing at ground level. Stay in a warm, comfortable backcountry lodge, and enjoy gourmet home cooked meals and northern hospitality. Your trip also includes a day of bear-watching from a tundra vehicle.

This beautiful lodge is located just a 30-minute flight north of Churchill on the shore of crystal-clear Dymond Lake and nearby Hudson Bay. The bay, lakeshore and spruce boreal forest is a favorite place for polar bears to hang out while they wait for the ice to appear, signaling the start of their annual winter seal hunt. You will take short hikes during the day onto the tundra and shore accompanied by experienced wilderness guides. Or, view the bears right from the lodge!


 

Priced from $5,575 CAD   Days: 8-9

We are offering three ways to see the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia in 2018 on our Quest for the Spirit Bear. This is a richly biodiverse region that is home to black bears, grizzly bears, Orca whales, humpback whales, eagles, ravens, wolves, salmon, beavers, deer, and wolverines.  It is also the only place on Earth where the elusive Spirit Bear lives. The Spirit Bear, or Kermode, is a black bear with a rare genetic mutation that makes its fur translucent white.  The local First Nations people of the region, who serve as guides on this trip, consider the Spirit Bear to be sacred.  One of the Tsimshians' myths says that "Raven made one in every ten bears white to remind the people of the time when glaciers covered this land."

Check out our Spirit Bear Lodge of the Great Bear Rainforest tour!

On this truly unique 8 - 9 day trip, we explore the inlets, bays, estuaries and old-growth forest aboard a 68' ketch or the new motor yacht MV Island Solitude 82', as well as by kayak and on foot. Our knowledgeable captain and local guides will take us to the areas where we are most likely to spot wildlife, including the Spirit Bear. 

We hike the cathedral-like old growth forest, where trees are so large it takes sixteen people to encircle their trunks. We kayak in the crystal clear waters full of huge star fish, we float along the largest kelp forests in the world, we duck under water falls from glaciers, and we spot ancient First Nations carvings tucked into the trees along the shore.  We visit a bear stand inland at the mouth of a river, where we have opportunities for some of the best wildlife photography in the world.

Aboard our sailboat, whales often follow our boat playfully.  "I have looked into the blow hole of a humpback," says International Wildlife Adventures Director Susie Green.  "This trip is so moving it makes grown men sob in awe and wonder."

Read Susie Green's blog of her recent Spirit Bear cruise

See pictures from other travelers:  Spirit Bear trip pictures 


 

 

$12,499  Days: 12 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

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What began as an end-of-the-season blowout party for the staff and organizers of our infant polar bear-watching season years ago near Churchill slowly evolved into one of the most sought-after trips for pro photographers and TV media looking for images of polar bears. 

In the Blog

Read more about the early days of our Cape Churchill Expedition!

After the main bear-watching season at Gordon Point in early November, we moved our still-tiny mobile lodge and a couple of Tundra Buggies about 15 miles further east along the Hudson Bay shore to Cape Churchill.

Here, we could extend the normal bear-watching season by another couple of weeks as the waters of Hudson Bay froze later than closer to Churchill. Once the Bay waters freeze, the bears are gone overnight, heading off for their winter seal hunt.  We also discovered that the Cape area was perfect for photography -- less brushy taiga vegetation, beautiful smooth eskers (ridges deposited by Pleistocene glaciers some 10,000 years ago), gleaming frozen intertidal lakes and rugged blue sea ice jumbled up along the shore.

Besides, not only were there bears here, but BIG bears and LOTS of bears! Mothers and cubs!

All milling about doing the things that bears do when waiting for the sea ice. Slowly at first, then as a flood, the word got out among pro wildlife photographers and TV news and documentary crews that this was THE place to get images of bears. The end result was that almost every polar bear picture in magazines,  books and polar bear documentaries on TV was shot on one of our Cape Churchill polar bear tours.

You won't find a better opportunity to photograph polar bears than this! Or, if you're not a photographer and just want the ultimate in polar bear-watching, come with us on this trip!


Priced from $9,649 CAD   Days: 8  Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200 on Specialist Lodge!

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Specialist Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas. During the day you will explore the tundra aboard a Tundra Buggy, looking for bears.

On the lodge-based trips, full-day excursions are made aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching bears! This gives several hours more bear viewing time than our hotel-based trips, since we do not have daily travel to and from Churchill.

Cape Churchill Packages

Cape Churchill is the premuim bear watching trip. This trip is offered at the end of the season when all the bears congrigate for the ice to freeze up so they can go out and feast on seals.  Similar to the above Lodge Packages in itinerary, we move the Lodge out to Cape Churchill at the end of the regular polar bear season to where the bay freezes a bit later. The trip is twice as long as our regular Specialist trip, eight days of bear-watching, and the barren eskers and frozen ponds make for an incomparable backdrop for photography. 

 


 

Early Booking Discounts Available! Days: from 20

In the Falkland Islands, where birdlife abounds, we discover easily accessible albatross and penguin rookeries on idyllic island farmsteads. In South Georgia, amidst the dramatic Southern Ocean seascape, we find world-famous wildlife beaches thronged with jousting elephant seals, raucous fur seals, and stately king penguins.

In the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula we explore a pristine polar wilderness of singular beauty, complete with bustling penguin colonies, dauntless seals, and voracious whales. On this ultimate wildlife expedition, each destination is more amazing than the last.

Winner of TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Award for 2014, Turneffe Island Resort is the place to stay for a private, perfect Caribbean reef experience in Belize. All 20 rooms and cabanas feature private patios or balconies with views of the sea.

Dive at the the famed Blue Hole, snorkel in the warm breakwaters, look for birds in the Red Footed Booby Sanctuary, explore the island by kayak, or relax in a hammock on the sugary sand.

Book a day trip back to the mainland for zip lining or cave tubing. Or relax with a massage.

Whether you select a Hemingway-esque private cabana with a screened wraparound porch, or a beautifully appointed guestroom in the main lodge, you'll be immersed in warm, friendly service, fresh local foods - the best Belize has to offer.

Or, for an all inclusive Belize vacation that combines Turneffe Island Resort with a jungle experience, see our Belize Vacation Packages.


 

Priced from $3,099 CAD   Days: 4 to 5 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $100!

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Adventurer Hotel-Based Packages

The Adventurer polar bear tour programs are our most economical tour option. If all you want is a hotel room and access to premier bear viewing, this is the tour for you. Transportation from Winnipeg, hotel accommodations in Churchill and full day Tundra Buggy Adventures are included in all of the Adventurer Tours. These tours are unescorted but offer excellent interpretation by your Tundra Buggy driver.

 


 

Priced from $7,200   Days: 11

If you want to visit the Antarctic Peninsula to see penguins as well as other wildlife, but your time and budget are limited, this is the expedition for you.  On this 11 day cruise you will have ample opportunity for wildlife viewing as you cross the Drake Passage and as you sail around the Peninsula and South Shetland Islands.  On this voyage, you will probably see Gentoo and Chinstrap penguins, Weddell and crabeater seals, humpback, minke, and fin whales, and countless birds including  brown skuas, imperial shags, antarctic terns, storm petrels, and cape pigeons.

You will also have several opportunities to set foot on Continental Antarctica, where few humans have ever been.  You will visit several active research stations and an abandoned whaling station, you will have opportunities to kayak and hike as weather conditions permit, and you will sail through the famed Neptune Bellows.

In the High Antarctic, you will explore stunningly beautiful waters by Zodiac, marveling at the colors of the ice in glaciers and icebergs all around.  In short, you will experience Antarctica - and for a lot less money than you may think.


Early Booking Discounts Available! Days: from 12

This classic voyage to Antarctica departs from Ushuaia, Argentina. The air gets colder and daylight grows longer as we head south across the infamous Drake Passage, accompanied by albatross. Our first sighting of the White Continent is the South Shetland Islands, historically significant and rich with iconic Antarctic wildlife.

Our time in the Antarctic Peninsula region focuses on the Gerlache Strait area, where towering mountains, immense glaciers, and blue icebergs create a picture-perfect setting for incredible penguin and marine mammal encounters. This is an authentic expedition in a wilderness of epic proportions.

Priced from $11,995 CAD   Days: 7  Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

Imagine photographing polar bears just a few feet away, RIGHT FROM GROUND LEVEL -- the holy grail of almost all photographers! This is not only possible on this trip, but standard practice! In many cases, you’ll be able to approach wildlife on foot!

In the Blog: Read about IWA Directors Randy & Susie Green's recent trip to Seal River: Arriving Seal River and Seal River Journal 

You’ll stay in a warm and comfortable remote, eco lodge some 20 miles north of the Churchill River. Enjoy gourmet meals, lecturers, slideshows and evenings by the fire -- a true Canadian wilderness lodge experience.

Polar bears and other wildlife often come right up to the lodge and observation decks and fencing make photography safe and exciting, and your photo results can be spectacular! In addition, the shoreline location of the lodge make it perfect for getting the bears on photogenic ice and snow.

This area has more clear nights than Churchill, so it’s also the perfect place to photograph the northern lights.

Check out this TripAdvisor review: "Great Polar Bear trip!"

**NEW!** Priced from $11,995 CAD   Days: 7 or 8  Book 2018 trips by Dec. 15, 2017 and save $200!

At Nanuk Lodge, in the Canadian wilderness you can and will photograph polar bears just a few feet away, RIGHT FROM GROUND LEVEL -- the holy grail of almost all photographers! It is thrilling to see and walk so close to the King of the Arctic.  We are now offering seven and eight trips to complete your photo library with bears sparring, moms with cubs and if you are lucky a wolf or two. 

You’ll stay in a warm and comfortable remote, eco lodge a few miles from Churchill. Enjoy gourmet meals, lecturers, slideshows and evenings by the fire -- a true Canadian wilderness lodge experience.

Polar bears and other wildlife often come right up to the lodge and fencing to make photography safe and exciting when you are not out walking the tundra with them, and your photo results can be spectacular! 

This area has more clear nights than Churchill, so it’s also the perfect place to photograph the northern lights.

Check out this TripAdvisor review: "Great Polar Bear trip!"

Priced from $11,550   Days: 11 Last chance for 2017--SAVINGS!

This 11 day Antarctic cruise is for travelers who want to focus on spotting the majestic Emperor penguins well as see several other species of penguins:  Adelie, Chinstraps, Gentoo are all found on the Antarctic Peninsula. This cruise, aboard the comfortable 100 passenger M/V Ortelius, features many helicopter excursions that allow travelers access to remote, seldom seen areas where the landscape is truly otherworldly.

While crossing the Drake Passage, wildlife enthusiasts will see numerous species of seabirds, including Wandering Albatrosses, Grey Headed Albatrosses, Black-browed Albatrosses, Light-mantled Sooty Albatrosses, Cape Pigeons, Southern Fulmars, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Blue Petrels and Antarctic Petrels.


 

 

Priced from $6,499 CAD   Days: 5 to 6 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

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Packages by Enthusiast Hotel-Based Packages

These popular polar bear trips include either 3 nights in Churchill, with 2 full days of bear-watching on the tundra, to give you ample opportunity to observe the bears in their natural habitat.The emphasis is either on photography or the natural history and viewing of the bears.All tours travel in an original Tundra Buggy to Gordon Point, about 25 miles east of town, in the heart of the best bear viewing in the Churchill area. 

Enthusiast Tundra Buggy Lodge Packages

For those who would like a more in-depth experience with the bears, we offer the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point, some 25 miles east of Churchill. Unlike the hotel-based tours, these trips are based in our camp near the shores of Hudson Bay. The Tundra Buggy Lodge is a specially-designed facility—five large, modular units on huge tires, linked together like a train but with a larger-scale interior. Between each unit and at each end, are open-air platforms which provide safe viewing and photography areas.

On the lodge-based trips, full-day excursions are made aboard a Tundra Buggy, watching bears! This gives several hours more bear viewing time than our hotel-based trips, since we do not have daily travel to and from Churchill.

Enthusiast VIA Rail Packages

The Enthusiast VIA Rail packages allow you to enjoy the classic Enthusiast Tour combined with travel to or from Winnipeg by train. Watch the transition from prairie to boreal forest to tundra. Train offers a diner car and private sleepers. Two nights and one day on the train. These tours are the first to sell out so contact our office to reserve your space now!


 

Priced from $7,950  

Basecamp Antarctica is our most active Antarctica cruise. It is designed for travelers who are want to really experience Antarctica in the way Shackleton in early 20th Century. Your ship will be your basecamp as you venture ashore for longer excursions.  We will stay for two or three days at each location to allow plenty of time for a wide variety of activities: mountaineering, hiking, photography, camping, kayaking and zodiac excursions - all activities are included in the price.  Polar diving is also offered for certified divers at an additional fee.

Passengers who do not wish to be as active will be able to enjoy our zodiac excursions and the regular shore program and land excursions of easy to moderate walks and hikes with the focus on wildlife spotting.

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The vessel will stay for two or three days at specific locations to serve our active passengers as a comfortable hub to allow more time than usual for wide ranging activities: mountaineers to climb mountain ranges (soft climbing), hikers to participate in long walks, photographers to explore photo opportunities, campers (on Antarctica only) to enjoy life at shore base camps, kayakers and zodiac passengers to explore near shores where the ship cannot go. 

Passengers who do not wish to become physically active will enjoy our zodiac excursions and follow the normal shore program and land excursions (easy to moderate walks and hikes with focus on wildlife). 

We aim for visiting active and manned research stations in the Antarctic and Arctic.

Passengers who want a less active experience will be able to enjoy our zodiac excursions and follow the normal shore program and land excursions, consisting of easy to moderate walks and hikes with a focus on wildlife viewing.  We plan to visit active, manned research stations as well.

On this voyage, you'll spend less time at sea in order to spend as much time ashore as possible.

These voyages are offered aboard the M/V Plancius and the M/V Ortelius, both ice-strengthened expedition class ships that offer comfortable and safe accomodations.  Your guides and expedition staff are among the best and most experienced in the business. These trips are for more active travelers who like a little adrenaline with their ice.

This Arctic adventure cruise explores a part of the world that has been off-limits to visitors throughout much of its history.  Franz Josef Land, the Russian archipelago of almost 200 rugged arctic islands, is today part of the Russian Arctic National Park and home to a large variety of arctic birds as well as walrus, harp seals, bearded seals, polar bears and Greenland whales. 

Our 15 day voyage aboard the comfortable expedition ship M/V Sea Spirit sets sail from Longyearbyen, the Arctic adventure capital of the Norweigen territory of Svalbarb.  We sail north through the Barents Sea, beyond the Arctic Circle and into the 6000 square miles of Franz Josef Land. Walk in the footsteps of famous polar explorers on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  

Because permits to enter this region are not issued regularly, this could indeed be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit this area of the world. 

 

The opening of the Caribbean's largest island, Cuba, to US citizens and its lengthy and stunning coastline begs to be explored by sea. Our Cruising Cuba voyage does just that aboard the luxury sailing vessels Panorama (48 passengers) and Panorama II (46 passengers). These small ships are perfect in size to provide an intimate and in-depth exploration of this charming island. Sail in air-conditioned comfort in beautiful cabins with marble in-suite facilities and expansive outdoor decks for soaking up the Cuban sun and scenery. It's only a matter of time before many of these ports and coastal towns will be inundated by mega-ships disgorging thousands of their passengers at each landing.

Our itinerary begins in Cienfuegos, whose French-influenced town center is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then aboard our ship we sail for 500 year-old Trinidad, also a World Heritage Site. We'll visit the little island of Cayo Largo with its white sand beaches and sea turtle breeding center. We'll learn about the endemic wildife at Guanahacabibes National Park, the largest of six nature reserves and visit a local school.

Continuing around the west end of Cuba, we'll anchor in the harbor of Old Havana. For the next few days, we explore this famous city, visiting with artists, musicians, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Las Terrazas as well as the home and stomping grounds of Ernest Hemingway. 

In addition of local Cuban guides, our on-board staff and expert expedition leader will make sure you get the most of your Cuba cruise!


Priced from $9,995 CAD 2018   Days: 7 Book 2018 trips by Dec. 31, 2017 and save $200!

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in Northern Manitoba offers a pristine, wilderness area for viewing and photographing polar bear mothers with cubs while in a comfortable, just-remodeled lodge setting.

Leaving from Churchill, we have a chance to spot beluga whales from the air as we fly over the mouth of the Nelson and Hayes Rivers.

This is a great wilderness area for a variety of wildlife to view and photograph. 

Our base, Nanuk Lodge, is located on the Hudson Bay shoreline. The area is fenced off for safety but still allows for great observation and photography. Plus, daily excursions from the lodge onto the taiga and tundra will allow us to walk among the bears and other wildlife. Our experienced guides are well-versed in bear safety and use great care in not disturbing the bears.

This is a great polar bear tour for those wanting to see and photograph mothers with cubs as they congregate along the bay shore, waiting for the fall freeze-up. Other willdife can be seen such as caribou, foxes, moose, wolves and ptarmigan. It's also a great time to see the fall bird migration in full swing!


 

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