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 the pack ice is formed first. The town of Churchill is such a place. No wonder that there are so many polar bears running around from 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. In the evening the northern lights give a light show against the dark evening sky and in this town you will have a 50% change in seeing it. An unforgettable 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 arctic foxes and polar hares.  An excursion through the city and surroundings will introduce you to the Inuit culture and the beautiful nature. Churchill is a unique place for nature lovers throughout the year. During summer you can kayak or snorkel.

Best time to view Polar Bears

In summer it is pleasantly warm, but at the end of October, 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 . 

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 IceBerg Inn and Guesthouse. The owners were absolutely fantastic and very accommodating. Also the location is great. On booking.com they get an exceptional average rating of 9.8 and you can book it here.


This article was last updated on October 22, 2019.