BEST TIME TO GO
Summer months for warm weather, lakes, fishing, canoeing and hiking
Spring months for city visits
Winter months for skiing, snow-shoeing, swimming with Beluga whales and polar bear expeditions
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Vancouver GMT -7hrs
Direct flights from London Heathrow to Ottawa, 7hrs 40mins
Direct flights from London Heathrow to Vancouver, 9hrs 25mins
Visit Canada for an adventure like no other. Immerse yourself in nature and wildlife with visits to the vast national parks, the great lakes and the Rockies. Activities include skiing and snow-shoeing, fishing, polar and black bear “safaris”, swimming with Beluga whales, camping, kayaking and canoeing. From east to west and north to south there are special and thrilling experiences to be had in this sparsely populated country.
Polar Bears in the Summer
Travel to Hudson Bay for a summer escape like no other. During July and August, polar bears wander the coast and tundra, whiling away the days waiting for the ice to form, so that they can start hunting again. Only a short flight from Churchill, Seal River Heritage Lodge is one of the only places in the world where you can track polar bears on foot, as well as by boat or tundra tracker (specially built uber quad buggy), accompanied by expert guides. Watch these magnificent creatures go about their daily lives in their natural habitat, observing their behaviour and watching the cubs if you’re lucky. You can also spot caribou, arctic foxes, wolves, moose and black bears. And with over 100 species recorded on one day, it is a birders’ paradise. If polar bears haven’t satisfied your wild side, then pull on a dry suit and swim or kayak among beluga whales – one of the world’s smallest and friendliest whale species that gather in the bay in their thousands at this time of year.
Polar Bears in Winter
In October to November, the snow arrives and the polar bears start to gather in large numbers at the coast, and in Churchill itself, in anticipation of the bay freezing so their seal hunting can begin. Stay in a series of remote luxury eco-lodges, all positioned for the best wildlife viewing and away from the crowds of Churchill. Here surrounded by an abundance of wildlife and nature, and with the help of specialist walking guides, it’s the perfect spot for a budding (or experienced) wildlife photographer. Again, there is more to see that just the bears – the Northern Lights at this time of year put on quite a show, and during the day, a ride on a dog sled is hugely enjoyable.