Churchill Wild's Seal River Heritage Lodge Becomes Newest Addition to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World

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Churchill Wild's family-owned and operated Seal River Heritage Lodge has become the newest addition to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a network of world-class accommodations where sustainability is the touchstone and guest experiences are exceptionally rich and meaningful.

Polar bear walks by front door of Seal River Heritage Lodge. Photo courtesy of Dennis Fast.

We've always tried to provide a world-class Arctic wilderness experience for our guests and it's especially pleasing to see our years of hard work validated. It's been a total team effort.

Churchill Wild's family-owned and operated Seal River Heritage Lodge has become the newest addition to National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, a network of world-class accommodations where sustainability is the touchstone and guest experiences are exceptionally rich and meaningful.

A collection of lodges located in spectacular places around the world, National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are rare retreats, where beautiful accommodations and gourmet cuisine are just a small part of a much greater experience that inspires, educates and charms wonder from its guests. These are the concepts of dreamers come to fruition: unique lodges that defy the imagination in design and detail, founded on a deep desire to protect the cultures and precious ecosystems that surround them.

"We're thrilled to have Seal River Heritage Lodge included in National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World," said Mike Reimer, who co-owns Churchill Wild with his wife Jeanne.

"We've always tried to provide a world-class Arctic wilderness experience for our guests and it's especially pleasing to see our years of hard work validated. It's been a total team effort, not just from family members and staff, but also from our guests, who have provided us with invaluable feedback and countless cherished friendships over the years. We have many people to thank for this."

Seal River Heritage Lodge is the dream that came true for Mike and Jeanne Reimer, who pioneered the world's first polar bear walking safaris over 20 years ago. Their comfortable and cozy custom-built lodge was developed deep in the heart of polar bear country, 60 km north of Churchill, Manitoba on Canada's rugged Hudson Bay coast.

Located directly in the path of the polar bears as they wander the wild Hudson Bay coastline during the summer and fall, Seal River Heritage Lodge is also only 10 km south of the Seal River estuary, where thousands of beluga whales congregate every summer.

Churchill Wild is one of the only adventure companies in the world that prefers to approach the Arctic tundra and polar bears on foot. The experience is intimate and thrilling, and it inspires a deep appreciation for the complexity and the richness of the northern wilderness.

National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are for guests who want the most out of every experience and who seek to expand their understanding of the world. Membership is much more than an expression of quality, it is a seal of authenticity and a reflection of shared values.

There's a reason you'll feel at home here.

About Churchill Wild

Churchill Wild is the world’s first and only provider of polar bear safaris that offer on-the-ground access to polar bears. Their polar bear safaris run from mid-July to mid-November with a 100% success rate at the only fly-in polar bear eco-lodges on Canada's Hudson Bay coast, which is home to the largest and most accessible polar bear population on the planet. Additional information and booking details may be found at ChurchillWild.com or by calling (204) 878-5090.

About National Geographic Travel

National Geographic Travel creates authentic, meaningful and engaging travel experiences through National Geographic Traveler magazine; National Geographic Expeditions; National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World; digital travel content; travel books; maps; and travel photography programs. National Geographic Traveler (six issues per year) is the world’s most widely read travel magazine and has 15 international editions. National Geographic Expeditions, the travel program of the Society, offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Travel opportunities include family and student expeditions, active adventures, private jet trips and voyages on the six expedition ships in the National Geographic-Lindblad fleet, as well as photography workshops, expeditions and seminars. The National Geographic Travel group shares its inspiring and authoritative digital content such as trip ideas, photo galleries, blogs and apps with its @NatGeoTravel community of 10 million. National Geographic Travel books bring readers curated travel advice, photography and insider tips. Follow National Geographic Travel @NatGeoTravel on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

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