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Great White Bear Tundra Lodge

Manitoba Canada

  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“Sleep in a rolling lodge built for studying polar bears!”


Want to get a close up view of polar bears without getting mangled? The Tundra Lodge might be for you. The main focus of the Tundra Lodge is taking you, the adventure seeking customer, on an epic expedition across the frosty Canadian wilderness to peep some cold weather animals in their natural habitats. 

Your adventure begins when you jump aboard the “rolling hotel”, equipped with bathrooms, bedrooms, and even peak-hole grids on the ground so you won’t miss any of the action while you’re sitting inside.

Your chances of spotting some polar bears are almost guaranteed as the lodge begins its trek in Churchill, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the world. But bears aren’t the only thing you’ll get the chance to see during your journey – arctic rabbits, fox, and even the Northern Lights are a few of the added bonuses of traveling on the moving hotel. -Roadtrippers


The Tundra Lodge is one of the most remarkable accommodations you could ever experience.. a giant, rolling lodge built for observing polar bears in the natural habitat!

This is simply the most extraordinary polar bear experience available – stay at the Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, situated outside Churchill on the vast expanse of the tundra itself. From your own private cabin window or the open-air observation platforms, you have constant proximity to polar bears in the area around the clock. As evening falls, remain in the domain of the polar bear to experience sunset across the snow and ice. Safe inside our custom lodge, we enjoy surprising comfort, considering our environs. This custom “train” of connected bedrooms, dining room and lounge car is built on wheels, allowing it to be stationed for optimal bear viewing each season. There’s no more thorough immersion in the King of the Arctic's realm than on this most unique of northern adventures!

Our exclusive Tundra Lodgea unique, innovative accommodation with no peer in Churchill—is simply the most remarkable way to immerse yourself among the polar bears. On our Tundra Lodge adventure, we not only guarantee that you'll see bears—often scores of them—we make the bold promise that our Tundra Lodge guests will find no more exciting, higher-quality polar bear adventure out there... this is it!

Each September our Tundra Lodge is strategically placed on a small spit of land that juts out into the Hudson Bay. This private locale is where the ice first begins to form on the bay, attracting polar bears at the very start of the bear-viewing season. It's also where we locate our Tundra Lodge for the season—amidst the highest polar bear activity in the entire world!

You won't find a more comfortable way to spend leisurely time observing polar bears than from our Tundra Lodge. Aboard this rolling hotel fashioned after sleeper train cars, each guest has an individual cabin with berth. So, not only will you enjoy personal comfort, you'll have your own private window through which to watch bears and, if we're lucky, the Northern Lights, too! Large outdoor viewing platforms further enhance bear-viewing opportunities. Each season the Tundra Lodge is situated in a location with the highest bear activity—no need to go back to town at night and miss a thing!

There are just two operations with exclusive permits for the entire Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best— and sometimes only—polar bear viewing occurs. Of course, the Nat Hab/Great White Bear team possesses such permits. Other operators use bus-type vehicles confined to the paved and gravel road to Halfway Point—which, as the name suggests, is only halfway to the prime polar bear area. If you're coming to Churchill to get close to polar bears, be sure you choose a program that offers a full bear-watching experience.

The original tundra truck designed for bear viewing was invented several decades ago, an exciting concept that we have significantly improved upon. Our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle designer, has created a new model that's far superior to those old originals, which we use exclusively! The Polar Rover, driven by an advanced drive train that allows us to safely patrol the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdowns, has a custom-designed heavy-duty suspension system that steadies the ride over the uneven terrain. And, with on-board flush toilets (rather than drop buckets, which can smell), our guests are afforded a superior level of comfort. 

Built into the rear viewing platforms of every Polar Rover -- and into the platforms that separate the 'cars' of our Tundra Lodge -- is a pioneering feature that greatly enhances our polar bear observation – corrugated steel mesh floors, so we can get within mere inches of the curious bears that often walk beneath the platforms!

Natural Habitat Adventures is known for the smallest groups in the industry, which makes sense since small groups are essential for an outstanding nature expedition. While this may cost a little more to offer, the benefits a small group provides are well worth it. Our Tundra Lodge accommodates approximately 29 guests, with room to spread out and view bears through sliding windows and plenty of deck space. Our Polar Rovers hold 35-50 guests but we generally travel with just 20-25, depending on how many guests opt to stay at the lodge on a given day, since the Tundra Lodge generally offers the best bear viewing in the area.

We all care about the planet, and you can travel with us knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100% carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is especially critical when considering that polar bears are under substantial threat from our planet's warming temperatures.

Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our small-group nature adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat its worldwide travel partner -- a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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