At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.
Churchill in the Canadian Arctic is world famous for the high concentration of Polar Bears that head to the shores of Hudson Bay to wait for the ice to reform so they can head out to hunt their preferred prey of ring seals during the winter months. This really is one of the best places to photograph this king of the Arctic.
We will be working from our own exclusive Tundra Buggy for just our small group and so we won’t be jostling for places with other guests and we will have complete flexibility of where we can go and we won’t be under pressure to move on. Playing fighting adult males, females with young cubs and being able to work in the best light of the morning and evening is what we will be looking to do.
We also have exclusive use of 4×4 vehicles because Churchill is not just about the Bears as we can encounter the Arctic and Red Fox, Arctic Hare and Ptarmigan and we will spend 2 days in the middle of the trip with this focus in mind: in the past we have also had some excellent polar bear encounters this way too.
This truly is a wonderful experience to witness and photograph this iconic predator, King of the High Arctic on a photography focussed and balanced trip.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: We are all due to arrive at Winnipeg Airport from our chosen destinations. Our first evening will be spent in a comfortable hotel in Winnipeg and over dinner we will be able to discuss our plans and expectations for this unique adventure.
Day 2: In the early morning we will then transfer by bus to Winnipeg Airport for our flight to Churchill, a frontier town on the shore of Hudson Bay in the Canadian Arctic. During the late fall high numbers of Polar Bears descend onto the shores of Hudson Bay just north of the town in anticipation of the reforming of the ice. This area is the first for the ice to form and as a result many bears from adult males, females with dependant young cubs and adolescent bears can be found just waiting for this natural event. The bears have had a tough time during the summer months and are eagerly awaiting the onslaught of winter, so they can get out onto the ice to hunt their preferred prey of ringed seals. For the duration of this trip we are governed by the weather conditions, so the overall shape of the itinerary is determined by this, so we must make the most of our photographic opportunities. Our first afternoon will see us in the town of Churchill which we can explore at will. Churchill is not a huge town but there are places to shop and a Museum too. We could take a walk in the late afternoon and look for some foxes on the edge of the town.
Day 3: It will be an early start and after a hearty breakfast we will head out on to the tundra in our specially designed tundra buggy. We have secured our own tundra buggy for our small group so won’t be sharing with other people or groups and because we have exclusive use there will be lots of space which photographers need. This really is the best way of working from the Tundra Buggies as everyone has a window on both sides to shoot from and so no waiting your turn for other people to finish, basically you won’t miss a shot. If we come across a good situation as well, we won’t be in any rush to move on either and so can wait for the action to unfold instead of searching for it. This is the best way of working in Churchill and during our sorties on to the tundra we will come across many different bears in many different situations. We will also be looking out for the beautiful arctic and red foxes. We will be out until dusk which again gives us the opportunity of working in the best possible light.
Days 4 – 5: We have secured our tundra buggy for four full days for our exclusive use and so these days will follow the same pattern of day 3. Our main target will be the polar bear and we will be searching for mothers with dependant young, young male bears which spend a lot of time play fighting and spending time looking out for arctic and red foxes. We have timed our trip to run with the best possible chance of capturing these iconic arctic species in the winter landscape. We will be out all day and so a packed lunch will be provided, the days will last until dusk.
Day 6: We will have the use of our 4×4 vehicles. Our mornings will consist of an early start, so we can head out on to the tundra looking for subjects in the very best light. After breakfast we will head out for our first full day in our 4×4 vehicles looking for subjects to photograph. We will hopefully be coming across some of the other Arctic specialists of the tundra like arctic fox, arctic hare and ptarmigan. All these species will be in their winter finery of white coats and plumage. We should also come across the beautiful red fox too. If we find a subject, we will be looking at spending as much time with it as possible. We will also have to be on the lookout for polar bears at all times and we will get the chance to photograph these too. We feel by adding the chance to work from the smaller 4×4 vehicles gives us a much better chance of finding the smaller subjects and gives us a different perspective for our images. Lunch will be provided in town and we will spend all morning and afternoon on the tundra. At dusk we will head back to town for a deserved hot dinner.
Day 7: We will again have access to our 4×4 vehicles which will give us a completely different perspective from the tundra buggy. We will again be searching for polar bear, arctic fox, red fox, arctic hare and ptarmigan. The unique opportunity to work from a small vehicle will give us some amazing opportunities to capture more intimate images too. Safety is paramount though and so we will constantly be on the lookout for polar bears.
Day 8: We will be heading back out onto the tundra in search of these iconic arctic species for one more day on the Tundra Buggy. After our last day on the Tundra we are due to catch our internal flight back to Winnipeg. We will have an overnight stay in our hotel in Winnipeg. Dinner is provided after a long day.
Day 9: Unfortunately we will be heading home from Winnipeg after our stay in this Canadian Arctic outpost but hopefully with some amazing images and memories of these iconic species of the far north.
Day 10: After a long flight we arrive back in the UK/Europe.
What our customers say
“I liked the combination of Tundra Buggy and Jeep, which gives more opportunities.”
“My expectations before going on the trip were very, very high but hand on heart the trip exceeded them.”
“Danny made sure I was able to make the most of all the photographic opportunities so a big thank you.”