Polar Bears Reveling in Snow and Cold

Churchill, Manitoba is home to the king of the Arctic, polar bears, this time of year for many reasons though weather surely tops the list. You see, polar bears actually love the cold, snowy environment that slowly melds the surrounding tundra into the waters of the Hudson Bay forming a seemingly continuous icy landscape. When this happens, Ursus Maritimus walks out onto the bay and disappears into the white in search of sustenance for survival.

The two-month long period in between is intense and somewhat unpredictable thus the reason for so many travelers making the annual pilgrimage to Churchill, Manitoba.

Here are some recent photographs from Churchill submitted by Natural Habitat guides from their daily treks to the Churchill Wildlife Management Area…a polar bear waiting area for true winter in the north.

Polar bears spar in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area.

Polar bear dance…sparring. Brad Josephs photo.

A sun dog over the tundra of Churchill, Manitoba. Inukshuk in the foreground.

A sun dog casting its’ rays on an inukshuk. Brad Josephs photo.

Natural Habitat travelers photograph a polar bear from their polar rover in Churchill, Manitoba.

Natural Habitat travelers photographing a polar bear from their polar rover. Karen Walker photo.

A polar bear mother and cub of the year wander the tundra in Churchill, Manitoba.

A polar bear sow with its’ cub of the year. Sean Beckett photo.

A traveler examines some snow encrusted polar bear tracks in Churchill, Manitoba.

Natural Habitat polar bear guide Moire Le Patourel with polar bear tracks. Eric Rock photo.

Come see the land of the polar bear with Natural Habitat Adventures! Visit nathab.com today.





Beluga’s and bears

With the northern summer approaching and fall polar bear season just on the other side, I wanted to share some of the classic photo’s from the archives.Those who make the trek to Churchill in the summer to see the amazing tundra with all its’ wildflowers and micro-environments, thousands of beluga whales, foxes, bears and incredible, diverse bird life. The calm serenity of the foggy, chilly summer makes the isolation in nature all the more healing to the soul. If you have the itch to head north this Summer or Fall, Natural Habitat Adventures has a custom trip for you.

Clear water in the mouth of the Churchill River.

Beluga whales in the clear, cold water of the mouth of the Churchill River. Photo Steve Selden

Summer contrasts the fall when Churchill bustles with action from all the businesses and workers catering to the travelers descending upon the frontier town with hopes of seeing the majestic interactions of the polar bears. Of course there are other sights to take in as well…foxes, Arctic hare, snowy owls and other raptors, the changing weather systems and possibly some aurora borealis displays. However, the main attraction in October and November is Ursus Maritimus…or the polar bear. Perhaps this is why the summer continues to be my personal favorite time to head north…the wide range of sights and discoveries one can find each day. Anyone that loves polar bears and their kingdom must come to the region when the bears are mostly out on the Hudson Bay ice to the north.

Polar bear in the mist.

Curious polar bear checking out travelers.

Aurora over the boreal forest.

Aurora borealis over the boreal forest in Churchill,MB. Brad Josephs photo.

Igloo and inukshuk in the north.

Well built inukshuk and igloo in Churchill. Karen Walker photo.

A polar bear watches intently from the willows.

A polar bear keeps a watchful eye from the shelter of willows.

Sled dogs in Churchill,MB

Avid sled dogs in Churchill,MB. Brad Josephs photo.

Polar bear cooling off in the snow.

A polar bear relaxes and cools in the snow. Colby Brokvist photo.






Pin It on Pinterest