Churchill, Canada: Polar Bear Capital of the World
Bear expert Brad Josephs has guided polar bear expeditions for Nat Hab in Churchill, Manitoba for 13 seasons, and you'll find no more enthusiastic ambassador for the species or this destination, renowned for offering the best polar bear viewing on the planet. Each fall, several hundred polar bears make their way to the Churchill area, gathering along the edge of Hudson Bay where the ice tends to freeze first, signaling the start of their winter seal-hunting season. That's when we take guests onto the open tundra in big Polar Rovers, offering totally safe and sometimes very close encounters! But polar bears aren't all Churchill has to offer. This small frontier town, inaccessible by road, is rich in Indigenous and Canadian pioneer history. Native cultures have thrived in these environs for centuries, and the town was founded as a 17th-c. Hudson Bay Company fort and fur trading post. Guests on Nat Hab's polar bear adventures enjoy meeting local people, including a dog musher who takes us sledding through the boreal forest with his team.
Originally presented March 10, 2021
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