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Animal Encounters: Churchill Polar Bears

Henry H. Holdsworth Photography / Natural Habitat Adventures

Polar Bears

Where: Churchill, Canada

How: By Tundra Buggy

When: October–November

Each fall scores of polar bears migrate from their summer digs in the boreal forest of northern Manitoba onto the frozen (and seal-rich) Hudson Bay. Smack-dab in the middle of their route is Churchill, which boasts a polar bear patrol and “prison” for bears who decide to linger in town. Natural Habitat Adventures maintains a remote tundra lodge rolled into the heart of bear country for up-close encounters.


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