Best time to go polar bear watching in Churchill
“It’s not a fair weather activity, watching polar bears. So get your layers ready and think ‘Brrr’ rather than ‘bear’ in most cases. It is, however, totally brrrrrrilliant.”
As the song goes, it’s not every day you can get to see the bears having a picnic. October to November is, however, the best time to see polar bears in the totally way-out-there wilds of Churchill, Manitoba, as they cross this vast open tundra where they have spent the summer en route to catch seals. This is because Hudson Bay starts to freeze over, providing perfect perches for seal hunting and winter feeding fests. However, they must go somewhere in summer, right?
The Seal and Churchill Rivers are the summer hangout of polar bears making for a very different bear viewing experience, but combined with beluga whales and extraordinary birdlife, is a wildlife winner. You can see polar bears in the Arctic regions of Svalbard/Spitsbergen and Greenland but these are trips that take place on the water, and you don’t get a chance to be as up close and personal there. On Churchill trips you feel as if you are part of the picnic. Albeit safely tucked inside bear proof tundra buggies, otherwise you would be.