Walking with the polar bears

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.

Churchill

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.

polar bear

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:

Dymond Lake Lodge

Seal River Heritage Lodge

The Tundra Buggy Lodge

Alternatively, there lodges in Churchill where day trips in the Tundra Buggies are possible.

The Tundra Inn

What To Do

  1. Polar bear walks on foot – possible at Seal River Heritage Lodge and Dymond Lake Lodge.
  2. Venture out on to the tundra in one of the tundra buggies with either of these companies:

The Tundra Buggy Adventure

Great White Bear Tours

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!

Lala xox

Polar family

Dymond Lake Lodge

polar landscape

Lounging polar bear

Polar & tundra buggy

 


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