2020 CHURCHILL WILD WALKING WITH POLAR BEARS

Churchill, Manitoba  | October 21-25 at Seal River Lodge or Oct 25 - Nov 1 at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Sub-Arctic Wildlife & Northern Lights Photo Tour

Join Chase and Jenni with Churchill Wild Safaris in Canada's Polar Bear capital near Churchill, Manitoba. Churchill Wild has developed a guiding technique to allow for their guests to safely walk with Polar Bears to get an eye level and lower. This provides us with the ultimate Polar Bear experience that is very humbling.

 

Walking with Polar Bears provides us with a rare opportunity for the best perspective for wildlife photography. On this expedition you can expect to see a variety of Sub-Arctic wildlife small and big. Each day we will have a morning walk and an afternoon walk to spot wildlife. This is not always an easy walk as some days we are walking for 3 hours each outing and session plus carrying your camera gear. But you are able to stay at the lodge to relax during any of the walking sessions.

The Polar Bears are waiting for the ice to freeze on the Hudson's Bay and they make their way alongside the coastline. Although the chances of seeing Polar Bears are very good, this is wildlife and they are unpredictable for where they'll be. There is absolutely no guarantee as we do not bait the wildlife.

Other wildlife encounters that we have experienced include Arctic Fox, Cross Fox, Red Fox, Wolverine, Snowy Owl, Ptarmigan, Arctic Hare and more.

 

Also if the skies are clear, the moonlight is weak, and there is geo-magnetic activity then we have the possibility of photographing Auroras/Northern Lights! 

Accommodation: 

Both Seal River Lodge and Nanuk Lodge are the ultimate Sub Arctic luxury lodges that feature beautiful Canadian decor. The rooms are double occupancy and single supplement is available upon request for an additional charge. The lodges both have compounds with a surrounding fence and electrical safety fences around the main windows. 

Food/Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are scheduled throughout the day and provided by the wonderful Churchill Wild Chef and staff. The food is Canadian comfort food with desserts and Canadian wine and beer is available with dinner.

Photography Instruction:

Photography instruction before we head out in the field and post editing instruction using Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop. Guided by Chase Teron and Jenni Lisacek. We will provide you with a pre-lesson video course so that you are prepared prior to your trip!

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Photography Instructor

CHASE TERON

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Photography Instructor

JENNI LISACEK

General Information:

  • Arrive in Winnipeg at the airport you will be staying at the hotel complementary of Churchill Wild the day before your departure.

  • The evening before your departure you will bring your winter gear (jackets, boots, gloves, snow pants) to be inspected by the Churchill Wild staff. They have gear rentals for you if your gear is not warm enough

  • There is a presentation after the gear inspection discussing how the expedition operates and the morning flights to Churchill and then to the Lodge.

  • The morning of your departure, your bags will be pre-weighed so during your booking, we will inform you with weight limits for the 1st and 2nd flights to the lodge. Continental breakfast is served in the early morning and we fly to Churchill very early.

  • Once we arrive to Churchill we collect our bags, meet a Churchill Wild staff and get a shuttle to the Churchill Wild hangar and depart for your specified lodge. 

  • Our photography subjects here are dependant on our luck! We have experienced Polar Bears, Arctic Fox, Red Fox, Cross Fox, Wolverine, Snowy Owl, Ptarmigan, Pine Marten and the Northern Lights. There is possibility of seeing some of the above as well as Wolves and Moose. ​

  • Photo editing and formal instruction in the field and editing back at the accommodations in the lodge. We want you to be prepared as possible so that you don't miss a moment, Jenni and Chase have created Churchill Wild photography instructional videos especially for this expedition for you once you register they will be sent in the summer of 2020.

Recommended Photo Gear

  • DSLR Camera (full frame, crop, mirrorless)

  • Sturdy Tripod 

  • Wide Angle Lens e.g. 14-24 mm f/2.8, 16-35mm f/2.8 or 17-40 mm f/2.8 (high aperture is  recommend for Auroras)

  • Mid-Zoom Lens e.g. 24-70 mm, 24-105mm or 18-135 mm 

  • Telephoto Zoom Lens e.g. 70-200 mm, 100-400 (recommended for wildlife). *** We highly recommend using a converter or long lens as we keep our distance from wildlife unless they approach us. 600mm is our go-to focal length. 

  • Water proof camera/lens cover for snow

  • Drones are not permitted ***

 

 

What to Wear & Gear to Bring:
 

Temperatures for a Vancouver Island summer average 5 Degrees to 25 Celsius through the day and night so please bring a variety of clothing options and layer to easily adjust to the changing climate. Here is a list of recommended clothing and gear to bring:

  • Waterproof and Windproof Winter Jacket 

  • Warm Mid layer: Sweater/Fleece

  • Thick Warm Pants

  • Snow Pants - for temperatures of -15 degrees Celsius 

  • Thermal Leggings/Long Johns

  • Warm Winter Boots

  • Warm Hat/Toque 

  • Warm Winter Gloves

  • Thinner Photography Gloves 

  • Balaclava to cover face and neck

  • Skiing Goggles for wind and blowing snow

  • Anything else for your comfort

WALK WITH POLAR BEARS PHOTO TOUR

Churchill, Manitoba

Sub Arctic Region of Canada

Dates Tour 1: Oct. 21 - 25th, 2020 at Seal River Lodge

Dates Tour 2: Oct. 25 - Nov. 1st 2020 at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge

Location: Near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Available Spots: 13 spots per week

Difficulty level: Easy to Moderate

Price: $13,545 CAD/person

Registration deposit: Please use form below

Arrival: Fly to Winnipeg, Manitoba (YWG) - Instructions are coordinated with Churchill Wild


Departure: Departure time is the day after the tour ends. Instructions are coordinated with Churchill Wild

Included: 2 professional photo guides, all tuition, individual post processing sessions, field guides, accommodation,  all meals, flights from Winnipeg to Churchill, flights from Churchill to the Lodges, snacks, and alcoholic beverages (Canadian wine and beer).

*BONUS* Pre-departure wildlife photography instructional courses online, editing Polar Bears in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Not included: Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Winnipeg. Any private insurances, taxes, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable. Any personal items including souvenirs, travel insurance and gratuities. 

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Frequently Asked Questions: Artica Adventures

 

Are you tours just for photographers?

 

No, not at all! Our trips are approximately 50/50% split of photographers and non-photographers. These trips are called photo tours as Jenni and I are instructing photography lessons hands on while we explore and sail. We have non-photographers (with iPhones, etc), beginners to expert photographers on our trips. It's the perfect learning grounds where you get to immerse yourself in nature and be surrounded by great people.

Why Artica Studios Adventure Photo Tours vs. Other Tours?

 

Jenni and I are so passionate about our tours we take small groups that are more intimate where we can connect with each one of our guests. We also pride ourselves on taking you to these remote locations that are extremely difficult to get to and otherwise unaffordable. Our tours are never over-priced as we want you to have a life changing experience and for you to share your experience (and photos) with family and friends and for them to be able to afford to have their own Artica Adventure experience.

 

Our tours are not just photography workshops, they are life changing experiences that will shape you as a person. Whatever your current understanding is of photography, our workshops will help you improve in a variety of areas, including composition, editing, business acumen, personal style development, work flow and more!

 

We are looking for positive, like-minded people to join our trips as it is most often the people who make the experience and everything else is just a bonus. We love animals and the environment and we care deeply about creating inspiration and action to help make the world a better  place. 

 

Let's fall in love with the Canadian Sub Arctic together!

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