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Churchill Polar Bear Travel Stories & Articles

Ever wonder how it feels to come face to face with a polar bear from the safety of our Polar Rover tundra vehicles? Curious about what life is like in the hardy northern outpost town of Churchill, known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World? Find out in this collection of inspirational first-hand accounts written by Nat Hab travelers and staff.
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Pinch Me: Polar Bears & Northern Lights

Pinch Me: Polar Bears & Northern Lights

—By Jennie Lay
"Pinch me," I kept thinking. That’s a polar bear underneath my nose. There’s another bear settling in for a snooze in front of our tire. A mama bear and...
Photos From a Polar Bear Travel Season

Photos From a Polar Bear Travel Season

—By Candice Gaukel Andrews
If you like to travel, there’s probably one particular place away from home that just seems to stick in your heart, the one spot where your wanderlust was first...
Traveler Story: Up Close with Polar Bears

Traveler Story: Up Close with Polar Bears

—By Melissa Nelson
On our first full day out on the Polar Rover, a polar bear walked over to another vehicle in the distance, and we watched it jump up and reach all the way to...
How Polar Bears Won a Special Place in My Heart

How Polar Bears Won a Special Place in My Heart

—By Sharon Dreyfuss
All the wildlife on the tundra will stay with me always, but polar bears have won a very special place in my heart—the polar bear is now my spirit animal...
Traveler Story: Close Encounters with Polar Bears

Traveler Story: Close Encounters with Polar Bears

—By Margaret Yang
I absolutely loved the process of looking for polar bears in the snow. I would sit next to our Polar Rover driver, Bill, and work really hard to look for bears in...
The Time to See—and Save—Polar Bears is Now

The Time to See—and Save—Polar Bears is Now

—By Peter Davis Krahenbuhl
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(the polar bear) is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species—one step away from the list's official...
The Importance of Seeing Polar Bears in the Wild

The Importance of Seeing Polar Bears in the Wild

—By Ryan Bartlett
I never truly appreciated the importance of the polar bear as a mascot for climate change until I saw these magnificent creatures up close and personal on a...
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