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Countless viewers across the globe will tune in to social media for Polar Bear Week, running from 1 – 7 November 2021, with cameras capturing every moment of the polar bear migration from Churchill in Canada’s central province of Manitoba.
Polar Bear Week allows real-time access to these magnificent creatures in their natural habit, as they wait for the sea ice to form in order to migrate across the Canadian Arctic.
Viewers can ‘bear’ witness to this annual journey from the comfort of their home by accessing the live streams found at www.explore.org/polarbears or follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/polarbearsinternational/
An initiative created by Explore.org, Frontiers North Adventures and Polar Bears International, the use of non-stop coverage of the polar bears’ plight on social media aims to build awareness of the devastating effects climate change is having on this unique species.
It’s one thing to see a polar bear on video; it’s an entirely different, life-changing experience to see one in person. Immerse yourself in the awesome beauty of the sub-Arctic landscapes of the ‘polar bear capital of the world’, Churchill, Manitoba, and feel that sharp quiver of excitement as you stand in proximity to the mighty polar bear. Read on for five ways to safely encounter polar bears in the wild:
Climb aboard an all-terrain vehicle
Frontiers North, Lazy Bear Expeditions and Great White Bear Tours operate all-terrain viewing vehicles that stand over 13 feet tall. Even the average adult polar bear standing at almost three metres high will have nothing on you.
Alternatively, a smaller scale, open-air, Churchill Wild’s low-impact tundra vehicle, called a ‘rhino’ works well to navigate the boggy lowlands and tidal flats and gets you closer to your goal of seeing bears.
Walk among the polar bears
Churchill is the only place in the world that offers a polar bear walking tour. Fly in by bush to one of Churchill Wild’s three exclusive wilderness lodges, each one ideally placed in remote areas for the ultimate polar bear safari experience.
Take a daily, guided hike across the tundra to view polar bears and other Arctic wildlife up close and personal, in their natural habitat. Get ready for the adrenaline rush of your life as you witness the apex predator of the Arctic sans barriers.
Indulge your taste buds with tundra-inspired cuisine and impeccable Canadian wine, and spend your evenings gazing skyward to witness the majestic northern lights.
Stay in a ‘tundra hotel’
Frontiers North and Great White Bear offer a unique ‘rolling hotel’ in specially designed tundra vehicles, providing guests with outdoor viewing platforms, individual sleeping berths and large windows for 24/7 polar bear viewing.
These tundra buggies are positioned in locations with the highest polar bear activity, with 4-wheel-drive vehicles taking guests on daily viewing adventures before returning them to these special tundra dwellings for the night. Experience breathtaking sunsets as the orange hues splash across the snow and ice, and enjoy prime viewing of the northern lights in the evening.
Meet the Lords of the Arctic
The Churchill Northern Studies Centre offers science-based learning holidays, based out of this world-class working research facility. Learn about contemporary issues impacting the environment and wildlife of the north and witness the annual migration of Churchill’s polar bears on the Lords of the Arctic tour on a custom-built tundra vehicle.
This two-day adventure includes a heli-tour along the rugged coastline of Hudson Bay, a dog sledding excursion and a tour of the township. In the evening, enjoy presentations by bear biologists who reveal the secrets of this remarkable animal and the challenges they are facing in a warming climate.
Independent polar bear adventures
Adventure into the sub-arctic with Discover Churchill on a guided day tour. Explore a network of trails along the Hudson Bay shoreline in Land Rovers, right in the middle of the polar bear migration route. Exit the vehicle with your guide and snap the best photos of your life.
Note for all travellers:
Travel to Canada is going to be a little different than it was prior to the pandemic, and we encourage all travellers to be fully informed of the pre-entry and on-arrival public health and testing requirements both federally and provincially. This includes the mandatory use of the ArriveCAN app. Travellers should plan for extra time in the lead up, and upon the arrival of their trip. For the latest information on travel to Canada including the updated requirements and restrictions, please visit the Government of Canada website.