Travelling to Churchill in the summer we were cautiously hopeful that we might catch a glimpse of a polar bear, but knowing we were out of season we certainly weren’t getting our hopes up. We had travelled up into the Canadian arctic in order to swim with the beluga whales who visit Churchill in July and August each year. The polar bears are usually still in hibernation at this time, before they wake around September time and head down to the edge of the Hudson Bay to wait for the ice to freeze.

You can imagine our excitement when on our first day out swimming with the whales, we heard there were polar bears in the area. They had taken control of a beluga carcass which was close to the shore. We headed over to the area and found 13 polar bears on the small peninsula near to where the whale carcass was located.

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6 thoughts on “Incredible Polar Bear viewing in Churchill, Canada”

  1. We are headed to Churchill this summer and can’t decide wether to snorkel or kayak with the whales. How cold is the water!? I know we get dry suits, but I’m worried that I will get chilled as our faces are exposed. Thanks.

    1. Hi Kelly. Great choice on going to Churchill. 100% I’d say to swim with them, no question. Seeing them from above the water is great and you’ll have that from the boat as they love to come really close. But seeing them underwater is a totally different experience. I’m not sure who you’re doing the trip with but everyone we saw was wearing a wetsuit (a thick one) rather than a dry suit. So just be prepared for that. I’m not going to lie, the water is cold. The first 60 seconds when the water rushes in to the suit and hits your face it is fresh!!! But after that you do get used to it. We were in the water well over an hour just fine. And you soon forget about the temperature when you see the belugas swimming around you. You wont regret it. Hope that helps a little and you have a great time.

      1. OK, we will do it! Thanks. We have it narrowed down to 2 companies. Just trying to decide where to stay. Lazy bear lodge and Blue Sky Mush B &B look interesting. Thank you.

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