As an animal lover, once I heard that it was possible to get up close and personal to the polar bears in their natural habit, I just had to do it!Polar bears are the largest land carnivores in the world and live in the Arctic regions of the world. Only 5 nations in the world have these creatures on their shores – Canada, US (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland), Norway & Russia.
Churchill is a small town that residents of only around 900, yet each October and November (bear season) thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to see the mighty polar bear. Churchill was cold! We were greeted by freezing conditions, howling winds and the smallest tourist town I have ever seen! A walk around this town didn’t take long as there are less than 10 stores and spread over an area less than 500m.
After a few days in Churchill and a couple of trips on to the Tundra in the Tundra Buggies we boarded a small plane for our quick 15 minute flight to Dymond Lake Lodge where the real adventure would begin. As soon as our flight arrived we were off on our very first walk on the tundra.
Over the next few days we walked many kilometres, survived a walk in a blizzard and most importantly got to see what we went for. A polar bear in its natural habitat, on foot and we stood only 10m from the bear. It was an exhilarating experience and worth every penny. Many have asked “were you scared?” The answer is no, it was such a surreal experience it felt like a dream. But it was a dream, I have the photos to prove it!
We also saw many other Arctic animals during our visit – Arctic Fox, Wolverine (very distant), Ptarmigan and other species of birds. We completed our trip with Churchill Wild by returning to Churchill and taking our final adventure onto the tundra with another trip on the Tundra Buggy.
When To Go
Polar Bear season in Churchill is very short and to see the bears you need to visit between October and November each year.
Where to Stay
To really see the Polar Bears in their natural habitat the best places to stay are:
Alternatively, there lodges in Churchill where day trips in the Tundra Buggies are possible.
What To Do
- Polar bear walks on foot – possible at Seal River Heritage Lodge and Dymond Lake Lodge.
- Venture out on to the tundra in one of the tundra buggies with either of these companies:
What an amazing two weeks it was, with many bear sightings, some near, some far but we left with memories that will last a lifetime. If you are considering this adventure, I urge you to do it. You will not regret it!