Churchill is in full swing with polar bears “high and low” as you can see from these recent field image submissions from the region. Moira Le Patourel leading a group of Natural Habitat Adventures travelers had a spectacular time in Churchill. The snow covered tundra provides an Arctic background for the incredible wildlife sightings in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). What a trip for this fortunate group.

Polar bears scattered on the tundra of the CWMA were the highlight for sure though a bear lift at the holding compound was an event that is hit or miss for travelers to Churchill. It truly is spectacular to watch polar bears be flown northwest along the coast to a safe haven and released to the wild again. Timing is everything in order to catch one of these awesome spectacles! An incredible, unique experience if you can see it.


polar rover in Churchill

Group photo with guide Moira in front of a polar rover! Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear and polar rovers Churchill

A polar bear wandering between a couple of polar rovers. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear in Churchill

Magnificent polar bear in the snow. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bears in Churchill

Polar bear family walking a trail in the CWMA. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear in Churchill, Manitoba

Polar bear sniffing at the falling snow. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear familly in Churchill

Polar bear family posing for a group shot. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear lift at the polar bear holding facility churchill, manitoba

Lift off at the Polar Bear Holding Facility. Moira Le Patourel photo.


polar bear lift in Churchill, Manitoba

Up, up and away in the cargo nets for polar bear family. Moira Le Patourel photo.

While the polar bears on the land and in th air were exciting for all travelers, there was other wildlife to see as well. A regal red fox appeared from the willows to catch the eyes and camera lenses of the group. Ptarmigan as well made an appearance seemingly from out of nowhere. Both species reveal the secrets of the sub – Arctic to all those lucky enough to spot them. Magic seems to happen in Churchill especially during polar bear season!


Red fox in Churchill

Red fox emerging from the willows. Moira Le Patourel photo.


Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba

Willow ptarmigan on the rover trail in the CWMA. moira Le Patourel photo.

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