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If Churchill – only accessible by rail or plane - is not quite remote enough for you, then Seal River Lodge is the place to stay.
Located about 20 miles and a 30 minute seaplane flight north of Churchill, Seal River Lodge is situated at the mouth of Seal River - a superb location to see bears in both seasons (July - August and October - November) as well as the Beluga Whales and other arctic species. It also means you can escape from the crowds of tourists who tend to descend on Churchill, and especially in the autumn months.
The lodge is properly in the middle of nowhere and there are just eight log cabins accommodating up to 16 people. There is a superb glass-fronted dining area which looks out over the river mouth, so there's a chance to see bears from the comfort of your table during lunch. The food itself is superb and the lodge use local ingredients where ever possible.
If you can drag yourself away from the comfort of the lodge, the emphasis is very much on getting out and about and exploring the wilderness on foot, by tundra buggy, by boat or kayak. As well as the bears and whales, there are plenty of other things to see from moose and caribou to wolf and hundred of bird's species. The lodge guides can also explain about the smaller species and indigenous plants and how they survive in such a harsh environment.
Why we love it
The entire set up at Seal River Lodge is designed to maximise sightings of polar bears, be that from one of the nature trails that criss-cross the tundra, from the lodge's own viewing tower, or even through the viewing windows in the restaurant.
Will, Original Traveller