See Polar Bears in Churchill Canada

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When autumn is leaving and winter is approaching, polar bears migrate from their summer residence to where the ice pack is formed first. The town of Churchill is such a location, so no wonder that there are many polar bears running around here starting the end of October. At the water's edge they wait until the Hudson Bay is completely frozen and they can enter their new hunting ground. Thousands of bears gather at the small town of Churchill. And if that is not spectacular enough than in the evening the northern lights give a light show against the dark evening sky. In this town you will have a 50% change in seeing this amazing spectacle. Combine this with a huge chance of seeing polar bears and you will have an unforgettable bucket list experience.

You can follow the Polar bears for example with a train hotel or special designed Tundra Buggies during their hunt. The buggies stand on very large wheels. This allows the bus to comfortably ride over the tundra and allows travelers to safely view and photograph from a very close range. The best close-up photos of polar bears are usually from Churchill. Along the way you will see other Arctic animals like the polar hares and arctic foxes.

An excursion through the city and surroundings will introduce you to the Inuit culture and the beautiful nature. Churchill is an unique place for nature lovers throughout the year. During summer you can for example kayak or snorkel.

Where to stay and how long

For a visit to Churchill, you best spend a minimum of 3 days. A great place to stay is the Lazy Bear Lodge.

The staff were absolutely fantastic and very accommodating. Also the location is great. Lazy bear lodge has a strong commitment to preserve and protect the magnificent habitats of our arctic wildlife. Social & sustainable responsibility is one of its foundations.

Best time to view Polar Bears

In summer it is pleasantly warm, but at the end of October, it is usually the best time to view polar bears, the mercury drops to – 5 degrees Celsius (23 F) and if even rarely to - 35 Celsius (-31 F). Warm clothing in layers is a must. Click here for more climate details in Churchill.

This article was last updated on May 20, 2021.