Churchill Photo of the Week – Ice Bears

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Polar bears sparring on the pack ice. Paul Nicklen/National Geographic photo.

This photo by Paul Nicklen for National Geographic gives us a rare look into life out on the pack ice for polar bears. Sparring polar bears is a common behavior in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area although it’s rare to see these majestic animals going at it out on the ice of the Hudson Bay. The western Hudson Bay polar bear population is enjoying the seal – hunting season finally and we will see them in the spring. Enjoy!

Churchill Video of the Week – Polar Bears

This National Geographic video is a great look into the harsh yet magical world of the polar bear in the Arctic. While the winter is still creeping into the Churchill region, the next couple of weeks will reveal increasing numbers of polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Before we know it there will be all kinds of action coming from Churchill and brought to you here on This should be another amazing season up north with many surprises as it moves along!

Churchill Photos of the Week – Polar Bears

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Polar bear taking a selfie. Paul Nicklen/National Geographic photo.

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A red fox and polar bear getting to know each other. Johansen Krause/National Geographic photo.

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Leaping from floe to floe a polar bear makes his way. Lee Hopkins/National Geographic photo.

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Polar bears sparring on the pack ice. Paul Nicklen/National Geographic photo.

These four magnificent National Geographic images of polar bears are clearly some of the best out there. In honor of animal day we thought these show the incredible spirit of the iconic threatened species. In a week travelers will come to Churchill to see these hearty polar bears in their natural habitat on the tundra around the Hudson Bay. If you have ever wanted to have such an experience stay posted to this site for all the updates and news from Churchill over the next two months. You might be inspired to take a trip north yourself!

Churchill Video of the Week – Beluga Whales

A short video clip by National Geographic documenting springtime for beluga whales in the north. Belugas migrate south in the spring from the Hudson Straits to the estuaries of the Hudson Bay. Thousands of belugas make the trip to the warmer waters and shallow, gravelly rivers to give birth, nurture young and gorge on capelin and other plentiful marine organisms. There’s no other time like spring and summer in the Churchill region. Life is bursting from the tundra and the sea and rivers. What an amazing time to experience the northern web of life…Arctic style!


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