Getting to Tundra Bay Lodge

October 2002

The group is transported from the hotel in Churchill to the Tundra Bay Lodge on the shores of Hudson Bay, from where the polar bear safari tour actually starts. The lodge is very basic but comfortable and is made by several tundra buggies connected together.

Tundra buggy Lemming
Early in the morning we are transferred to a Tundra Buggy, our vehicle and almost our home for the next days (indeed we will sleep for the next 3 night inside a modified version of buggies - the Tundra Buggy Lodge - this will give us more time to explore the taiga and search for bears and other wildlife).Near a Buggy's tire, I spot a nice Lemming.

 

Tundra buggy
A Tundra Buggy seen from inside.

 

Taiga Taiga
Taiga Taiga
Taiga We are now in the middle of the Taiga, near the Hudson Bay's shores. The trees have branches on one side only, because of the prevailing winds blowing from the bay. They are very slow in growth.

 

Arctic fox
Soon we spot an Arctic Fox. And then.....

 

Polar bear Polar bear
Polar Bears !!!

 

Polar bear Polar bear
Polar bear Polar bear
Polar bear Often they walk directly toward the Tundra Buggy

 

Polar bear
The bear is very close to me... I may say 3 meters or so... while I am safe inside the Tundra Buggy.

 

Polar bear Polar bear
Polar bear Polar bear
We continue to spot a lot of bears, here and there.

 

Arctic fox Arctic fox
Arctic fox And also a lot of Arctic foxes.

 

Tundra buggy lodge Tundra buggy lodge
Tundra buggy lodge The Tundra Buggy lodge where I will sleep for several nights.

 

Tundra buggy lodge Tundra buggy lodge
The lodge from inside, with my small but warm and confortable bunk.

 

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