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Classic Polar Bear Adventure

The World’s Most Coveted Small-Group Polar Bear Expedition!
On the outdoor platform of our Polar Rover, the chill Arctic air feels invigorating. But not as much as the sight of the huge polar bear that wanders up alongside. Safely elevated above him, you’re nonetheless just feet away as you peer down at his shaggy, cream-colored bulk. Noticing us, he stops, sniffs, and turns his face our way, curious. Awed, we draw in our breath, respecting the silence. The big bear ambles, then halts again. He rises on his haunches to peer at us more deliberately. We grin like kids, filled with delight. We watch. We wonder. Minutes go by, perhaps an hour, who knows. On the tundra, among the bears, time stands still.

Trip Highlights

  • On our flagship polar bear tour, encounter the world’s greatest concentration of polar bears as they gather along Hudson Bay waiting for the ice to freeze 
  • The most comfortable vehicles, with innovative mesh steel flooring on the outdoor observation platform, get you safely up close to the bears in the intimacy of a small group
  • Our professional Expedition Leaders are the best in the business, enhancing your polar bear adventure at every turn with their in-depth knowledge

There is a Real Difference in Polar Bear Tours—Choose Wisely!
We know that most people who make the journey north to witness the magic of Churchill's polar bears will do so just once in their lives. For that reason, not only do we guarantee you'll see bears, we also make the bold promise that you will enjoy the highest-quality polar bear tour possible! Here's why our polar bear adventures are the very best:
  1. We Hold Exclusive Permits for the Best Bear Viewing Area
    There are only two polar bear tour operators in Churchill with exclusive permits to access the full range of the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (WMA) where the best—and often only—polar bear observation occurs. Naturally, in our commitment to running the world’s greatest nature journeys, the Nat Hab / Great White Bear team possesses one of these permits. Those who do not can only offer trips aboard school-bus-styled vehicles along the road to Halfway Point, which is, as the name implies, only halfway to the best polar bear-viewing area. If you’re going to Churchill just once in your life, don't miss a complete bear-viewing experience!
  2. Our Polar Rovers are the Most Impressive Vehicles in the North
    The original tundra truck designed for polar bear viewing was invented more than 30 years ago, an innovative concept that has since been substantially improved upon. Our partner in Manitoba, a world-renowned specialty vehicle architect and designer, has created the world's premiere tundra vehicle—the Polar Rover—which we operate exclusively in Churchill. It's driven by an innovative drive train that allows us to traverse the tundra with virtually no chance of breakdowns. With the advanced elite suspension system that smooths the ride, and on-board flush toilet facilities (rather than odorous drop buckets), our guests enjoy a superior level of comfort and safety. See more details on our Polar Rovers.
  3. Mesh Steel Flooring for Close-up Bear Observation
    Built into the rear viewing platform of every Polar Rover is an innovative and exclusive feature we've pioneered for optimal polar bear viewing—corrugated steel-mesh floors, so we can come within inches of curious bears that often wander beneath our vehicles!
  4. The Smallest Groups for the Best Nature Adventures
    A fundamental element of an outstanding nature expedition is a small group. It may cost a little more, but considering the hugely superior experience, we know it’s well worth it. By limiting our groups to approximately 16 guests (even though our Polar Rovers can hold more than 30 passengers), we ensure that each and every individual has plenty of space aboard our vehicles to spread out, angle for photos and enjoy a personal experience with the polar bears without too much intrusion from other guests.
  5. Private Chartered Planes Maximize Our Time with the Bears
    So we don't waste precious time planning around airline schedules and making our way through airport security screenings, we charter our own private aircraft, flying directly from Winnipeg to Churchill at a time that is most convenient. We’d rather maximize our time watching bears and exploring the tundra, rather than sitting around airports.
  6. The Finest Naturalist Guides on the Planet
    Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the highest-quality guides in the industry. Our Polar Bear Expedition Leaders—who have been guiding bear tours for an average of more than 10 years each—receive additional training and resources from WWF’s top scientists, ensuring the best interpretive experience available. Expedition Leaders meet each guest in Winnipeg and travel with the group the entire way, sharing their wealth of knowledge and insight at every turn. Our philosophy is pretty simple: a nature adventure is only as good as the guide, so we simply must provide the best! See Expedition Leader bios with traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
  7. Local Cultural Interactions Enhance Our Adventures
    Through years of developing close relationships with local people, we are able to offer our guests the exclusive opportunity to meet revered elders of the First Nations community in Churchill. These storytellers are some of the last in their communities, passing on their knowledge of the past to the younger generations and, fortunately for us, also to our small groups of travelers.
  8. Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Special Polar Bear Experience
    Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, clearly stating that we will meet the lofty expectations we set in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
  9. Feel Good About the Way You Travel
    We all care about the planet, and on this adventure, you can travel knowing that the emissions from your trip are 100-percent carbon-offset. Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company, a feature that is particularly important when considering that polar bears face a substantial threat from a warming planet.
  10. Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
    Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund, the world's leading environmental conservation organization, has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!
Reading List
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