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Best time to see polar bears

Discover the best time to see polar bears in Arctic Canada and Churchill

Many people refer to Churchill as “The Polar Bear Capital of the World” such is the abundance of bears in the area. Once a year, for a limited time only the bears gather on the tundra, waiting for the "Big Freeze" so they can start the winter seal hunting season out on the pan ice. It is not uncommon to see, at this time, mothers with their cubs and large male bears sparring to pass the time. Between October and November is the best time to see polar bears in Churchill, and we offer a unique experience of living on the tundra amongst the action! These winter months in Churchill are the best time to see lots of bears in the same place, for a completely different experience you can go in the late summer. During these late summer months the bears roam the wild coast, among the flowers that bloom, in search of food and you may also spot wolves, beluga whales and caribou. One of our favourite trips at this time is our Birds, Bears and Belugas departure where if you are lucky, you may get to snorkel with the beluga whales.

Best time to see polar bears in Arctic Canada

On a floe edge safari on or around Baffin Island, the best time is the summer months, between May and July. At this time there is 24 hour daylight and you may spot polar bears hunting on the ice. This is also a great time to spot narhwals, the unicorns of the sea.

If you wish to see mothers and  their newborn cubs leaving their dens for the first time, we recommend you go on our unique and exceedingly popular (you often need to book 2 years ahead!) Polar Bear Mothers and Newborn Cubs Safari during March in 'Polar Bear Alley'.

Best time to see polar bears in Arctic Canada

Far from being lazy layabouts, these bears are very entertaining! Being curious creatures, it is not unusual for one to approach the tundra buggies, checking out the tyres, trying to take a look through the windows or watching you through the grates on the floor of the vehicle whilst you look on in awe. This really is a spectacular time to visit the bears and really get an insight into their snow filled lives as they live in a very extreme climate. Watch as they roll about in the snow, un-phased by the cold as you stand fully clothed with a large parka jacket, big hat and a cup of tea to keep you warm!

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Grizzly bears of B.C: May - Sep
Churchill polar bears: Oct - Nov
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