During a short 6-week period in October and November, witness the most southerly population of polar bears in the wild. Customized tundra buggies, with heat furnaces, toilets and extra high viewing decks, roam the rough tundra as predominately male polar bears wait for the Hudson Bay to freeze over. The bears, numbering around 950, will hop on their hind legs to literally fog up your camera lens with their breath. People come from all over the world for this unique experience, and few leave disappointed.
Length of Trip : 7 Days
Cost : Adventurer Level: (self guided, larger groups) $3899.00 – $4559.00 Enthusiast Level: (guided, medium groups) $6999.00 – $7399.00 Specialist Level: (specialist guide, small groups) $8699.00
Best time to go : The bears typically emerge mid-October to mid-November, when the tours are offered.
Wheelchair friendly : No
Family friendly : Yes
Official Site : Frontiers North Adventures International Phone: 1 (204) 949-2050 Toll Free North America: 1(800) 663-9832
Getting There : Fly from Winnipeg to Churchill on a chartered flight (organized by Frontiers North) If you have time on your hands, there’s a slow train from Winnipeg to Churchill as well.
Note from Robin : Since you’ll be spending most of your time on board the heated lodge, you only need two outfits: Something extra warm and something extra comfy. Pack light, there’s not much space, although it is efficient and you really don’t need much. Bring a good book for the evenings. The experience is all about the bears, not the comforts. That being said, the Tundra Buggy is cosy and pleasant.
FOR THIS EXPERIENCE, WE RECOMMEND
|Revel II (Available for Mens and Women)
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|Anchorage Boot (Available for Men)
The Anchorage Boot offers the warmth and all-season traction of a winter pack boot, perfect for snowy adventures!
|Betty Boot (Available for Women)
The essential winter boot features a technical outsole for advanced traction in slick, wintery weather.
|Summit County (Bestseller for Men)
The rugged rubber outsole reacts to cold weather by hardening for a tough grip on packed snow – All the makings of the ultimate winter boot.
|Growler (Bestseller for Men)
Harsh winter weather demands a hard-working boot; the Growler’s insulation and a dual climate outsole make them ready for rigorous adventures.
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“Over the next three days, we spend eight hours a day roaming the tundra, and are treated to a polar bear extravaganza. Multiple male pairs sparring just metres from our windows, exerting their dominance for the winter to come. Large, curious bears stand up on their hind legs against our buggy, their warm breath literally fogging up our camera lens. A lone bear walks across a frozen lake, backlit by the low afternoon sun. It’s a photographer’s dream, and pure heaven for a polar bear enthusiast. Arctic fox, hare and gyr falcons also make an appearance, as does boxes of wine, great food, interesting presentations, and wonderful company.”
Book your once-in-a-lifetime polar bear encounter with Frontiers North Adventures, and we’ll will give you a $75 gift certificate from Hudson Bay Co (on receipt of your non-refundable deposit).
Click here for the feedback form to get your journey started, or contact Frontiers North directly. To qualify for the gift certificate, don’t forget to mention The Great Canadian Bucket List when you book your trip!