The Place: Churchill, Manitoba, is located right smack in the middle of the annual polar bear migration, as they head towards the ice as winter approaches. Located above the Arctic Circle, the town quickly becomes enmeshed in darkness as winter approaches. Therefore the window to see the bears is relatively short — October 11–November 21.
The Animals: The Tundra Lodge is a unique rolling hotel that is in the optimal position to observe the bears as they head north. Tall enough for the bears to walk under, the lodge allows people to watch the bears from their own beds. Daily excursions allow guests to see caribou, Arctic foxes, hares, ptarmigans, and snowy owls. As the darkness of the polar winter settles over the lodge each day, the chances of seeing the Northern Lights are high.
Insider Tip: The Lazy Bear Cafe in downtown Churchill offers some of the best dishes in town. [From $7,895 for a six-day expedition; adventuresmithexplorations.com]
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