Polar Bear Viewing

On top of many travellers’ bucket lists are polar bears, and what could be better than viewing these magnificent animals in their natural environment? Viewing them at close range, perhaps! Our polar bear programs operate out of Manitoba, a vast low-lying province in central Canada, covered in prairie, forest and tundra bordering Hudson Bay. The shores of this large, brackish body of water are inhabited by many polar bears, who eagerly wait each year for the bay to freeze over so they can hunt their favourite prey – seals.

Our two long-time partners operate a number of tours from Churchill, nicknamed “The Polar Bear Capital of the World”, and offer visitors unbelievable opportunities to observe polar bears in the wild. Most of these programs depart in autumn, as the pack ice is developing. Viewing is done from specially designed tundra vehicles or while on excursions by boat, by all-terrain vehicle or on foot from a wilderness lodge, which serves as your base. If you’re travelling later in the season, there may also be the chance to view Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights, a natural phenomenon that lights up winter night skies in otherworldly colours.

If you prefer warmer weather, there are also a great range of summer departures available. In July and August, guests may enjoy a chance to swim with beluga whales, walk across tundra ablaze with colourful wildflowers and take advantage of longer daylight hours to photograph unique Arctic wildlife such as foxes, hares and ptarmigan.

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Canada Polar Bear Viewing

Below are our two recommended Polar Bear viewing tour operators. They have been carefully selected for their incredible immersive wildlife and wilderness experiences, service and level of comfort.

Frontiers North

Best known for their specially designed Tundra Buggies®, Frontiers North operates three styles of program to help travellers pick an itinerary that suits their interests. For every program, choose from two accommodation options: hotel or lodge. The hotel-based itinerary allows guests to venture out in search of polar bears in the Tundra Buggy, returning each night to a comfortable Churchill hotel. The lodge-based itinerary accommodates guests on a unique “Lodge-on-Wheels” so you can fall asleep in prime polar bear territory.

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Churchill Wild

Specialising in lodge-based polar bear-viewing programs, Churchill Wild operates three wonderfully wild lodges accessible only by charter flight out of Churchill. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to scour the surrounding wilderness for polar bears and other amazing Arctic wildlife on guided walks, by vehicle or by boat. You might even be able to swim with beluga whales! Hearty meals and informative presentations may be enjoyed back at your warm, cosy lodge, to prepare you for your next outdoor adventure.

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Polar Bear Viewing

Featured on these brochure pages are our full range of polar bear tours, ranging from trips out of Churchill on the custom-built Tundra Buggy® while based at a local hotel, to stays at remote wilderness lodges, from where you embark on daily explorations in search of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife.

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Polar Bears of Churchill

Frontiers North combines exciting Tundra Buggies tours with local sightseeing and cultural excursions out of Churchill, Manitoba. The Tundra Buggy® is a comfortable all-terrain vehicle which permits photography and safe observation of wild polar bears at close quarters.

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Belugas, Bears & Blooms

This unforgettable tour reveals the rare beauty of Churchill beneath the summer sun. Encounter beluga whales by the thousands and scour the tundra in search of polar bears, Arctic foxes and wildflowers. Learn about early explorers at the Prince of Wales Fort and ride a dog sled through boreal forest.

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Great Ice Bear Adventure

This action-packed itinerary departs during prime polar bear-viewing season, with travellers based for four nights at Dymond Lake Lodge at the edge of Hudson Bay. Seek out these majestic apex predators on guided walks and later, from vehicles on the tundra outside Churchill.

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Hudson Bay Odyssey

Set up base at the rustic Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which is strategically located close to significant polar bear denning activity, so there’s a good chance of observing females and their cubs whilst on guided walks or all-terrain vehicle excursions. The area is also rich in other Arctic wildlife.

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Birds, Bears & Belugas

Combine the thrill of encountering polar bears on foot or from a specially adapted vehicle with the excitement of swimming with friendly beluga whales in Hudson Bay. This inspiring summer program also offers a chance to see the tundra carpeted in colourful wildflowers.

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Canada Overview

Why visit Canada? Spanning the top of north America from the Pacific to the Atlantic, this huge country offers majestic scenery, unspoiled wilderness and incredible wildlife and adventure opportunities. At the same time Canada is a modern country with sophisticated cities, world class accommodation and excellent rail, road and air network.

When is the best time to visit Canada? From May to September is the best time for cruising and touring in Canada when the weather is at its finest. Temperatures and daylight hours vary depending on latitude, and the coast is more moderate than inland regions which have long hot summers and very cold winters.

Grizzly bear viewing is generally good from June until October and Polar Bear viewing around Churchill is possible from July to November. November to April is the time for winter wonderland experiences, skiing, dog sledding and the Northern Lights.

What can I combine Canada with? Alaskan holidays like Inside Passage cruising and wildlife viewing. Canada can also be combined with Arctic cruising and ice based adventures.

How do you get to Canada? Fly to Vancouver in British Columbia for west coast touring and cruising, or to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal or Quebec City for eastern Canada.

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