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Michael Poliza/Churchill Wild
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Churchill, Hudson Bay

Manitoba

North of Winnipeg

In November polar bears congregate in large numbers along the shores of Hudson Bay, waiting for ice to form so they can begin their annual hunt. North of Winnipeg lie the very exclusive Churchill Wild lodges (pictured; 866-846-9453; churchillwild.com). Guests fly from Winnipeg to Churchill, then board a chartered flight over the tundra to the lodges. At the Seal River Heritage and Dymond Lake Lodges (rooms, from $5,405; north of Churchill on Hudson Bay, Kleefeld; 866-846-9453), owners Mike and Jeanne Reimer insulate guests from the arctic cold with fluffy duvets and warm fireplaces. Wildlife photographer Dennis Fast leads photo safaris among caribou, Arctic foxes, wolves, moose, and snowy owls. The aurora borealis puts on a nightly northern lights show; in March dogsled racing takes center stage with the 250-mile Hudson Bay Quest competition.