Churchill Wild Announces World’s First Ever Summer Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Rare Ground-level Polar Bear Photo Opportunities. Limited Space.

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Building on the success of their Polar Bear Photo Safari and Arctic Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge, Churchill Wild is pleased to announce the world’s first ever Summer Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge in 2012. Rare ground-level polar bear photography opportunities. Limited space.

You're on the ground with the polar bears. It doesn't get any wilder than that.

Building on the success of their Polar Bear Photo Safari and Arctic Safari at Seal River Heritage Lodge, Churchill Wild is pleased to announce the world’s first Summer Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge.

Located in one of the most historically significant areas of Canada on the southern coast of Hudson Bay within the Cape Tatnam Wildlife Management Area, the Summer Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk will have limited space availability from August 26 to September 1, 2012, and will be led by Churchill Wild's in-house professional wildlife photographer and author Dennis Fast.

“People are starting to want something wilder and less traditional,” said Fast. “You’re on the polar bears’ home turf up here. You’re on the ground with the polar bears. It doesn’t get any wilder than that. When you’re eye-to-eye with the polar bears it elevates their status. You really get a sense of how big and powerful they really are, and it shows in your photographs.”

The most compelling attraction for wildlife photographers at Nanuk is the high incidence of mothers and cubs in the area, due to two newly discovered polar bear denning sites on the edge of the Boreal Forest. The Northern Lights can also be quite spectacular at Nanuk when skies are clear, and there are beautiful interior lagoons which also make a great backdrop for photographs of the mothers and cubs.

“Last year was our first time running a full program at Nanuk”, said Rick Kemp, Director of Marketing and Communications at Churchill Wild. “We finally had a chance to see everything the area had to offer. Guests were treated to Churchill Wild’s trademark one-of-a-kind polar bear experience with on-the-ground polar bear viewing, but we also discovered wolves, black bears, moose, skunk, golden eagles, peregrine falcons, and thousands of migratory snow geese.”

Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is located 40 kilometers east of York Factory, a trading post that was established in 1684 by Governor George Geyer of the Hudson's Bay Company, during the early years of the fur trade that played a major part in the exploration and development of Canada.

“We still find remnants of old ships occasionally in the mud flats,” said Churchill Wild’s Mike Reimer, perhaps referring to the Battle of Hudson Bay in 1697, the largest Arctic naval battle ever fought. “From brass railings to cannons to old grave sites, you never know what you might find. And our guides are direct descendants of the Western Woods Cree, the “Home Guard Indians” who worked with the Hudson Bay Company over 300 years ago at the original settlements -- guiding, hunting, interpreting and procuring wild game and furs for them.”

Guests at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge may very well be walking in the footsteps of some very famous explorers during their daily hikes along the sandy and grassy tidal flats in search of polar bears and adventure. But despite taking place in one of the wildest areas on the planet, the Summer Polar Bear Photo Safari at Nanuk offers all the comforts of home with the Lodge’s newly renovated cabins that include private en-suite washrooms and showers.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner take place in the separate main dining room at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, and the main living room/polar bear viewing area at the Lodge provides a gathering place to relax, share stories and photos after a wonderful day of exploring and photographing, unless of course, you’re interrupted by polar bears walking by.

About Churchill Wild:
Churchill Wild offers the only fly-in eco-lodge based on-the-ground polar bear tours in the world. Their season runs from mid-July to mid-November with limited space available for adventure packages. They operate Seal River Heritage Lodge and Dymond Lake Eco-lodge on the west coast of Hudson Bay (north of Churchill), and Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which is located approximately 40 kilometers east of York Factory on the southern tip of Wapusk National Park. Additional information and booking details may be found at http://www.ChurchillWild.com, on our Polar Bear Blog or by calling (204) 377-5090.

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