Amazing Churchill: Polar Bears in Summer

Amazing Churchill: Polar Bears in Summer

As we continue to explore Manitoba, our ‘100 day ultimate Canadian road trip’ leads up to the far north where we are in search of polar bears in summer.

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We wake shrouded by a thick fog, it’s just another cool summers day in Churchill and we’re fine with that, although it seems to have settled in for the afternoon which makes our objective seem more impossible than it already is: We are trying to find polar bears in summer. It’s around 6 degree’s now in mid July, something unheard of to an Aussie but never-the-less this Aussie had come to look for the mythical white bear, one that never really seemed possible.

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A short mini van drive takes us to the edge of town and similarly to the edge of the Churchill road network and to continue on we need to transfer to the Tundra Buggy®, a 4.2m high indestructible all-terrain vehicle. Just looking at the enormous wheels, which stand well over my head, makes it apparent that we’re reaching somewhere unique and by unique, I mean off the grid.
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Before long, Dave our tour guide from Frontiers North Adventure is navigating the vehicle through the barren, rocky landscape. He explains that “Churchill is on the edge of the tree line, meaning it has boreal forest and arctic tundra which creates a unique ecosystem: One with Moose but also with Carabou; one with the red fox but also with the arctic fox; with grizzly bears but also with polar bears.” I’m extremely fascinated by this and it seems everyone else is too. Dave satiates our interest telling us about the ‘Pizzly’ bear, a rare polar bear and grizzly bear hybrid whose offspring can still reproduce, a hybrid conundrum i’ve never heard off. I’m fascinated by his knowledge and i’m greedy for more but he stops mid sentence “There’s a bear up ahead!”
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My heart skips a beat, I’m seemingly paralysed yet my legs still drag me to the front windows. Up ahead there is a polar bear lying solemnly beside the buggy’s path, completely unfazed by our encroaching monster truck. Dave carefully putters forward towards the big white mass, closing the gap to merely 15 meters and cuts the engine as soon as the bear seems perturbed. I’m mystified by the it’s size, she’s absolutely huge. The entire Tundra Buggy® is breathless, only a ferocity of clicking from the DSLR’s can be heard, everyone knew they were in the presence of something magical. After a few minutes she gets to her feet, yawns and slowly trudges past our window, down the road and off into the horizon.
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A once in a lifetime opportunity; a dream come true; a pinch yourself, tears to the eye kind of moment… and any other clique which resonates awesomeness. I saw a polar bear!!!
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Ultimate canadian road trip, Polar bears in summer, explore manitoba

 

Ultimate canadian road trip, Polar bears in summer, explore manitoba

 

Ultimate canadian road trip, Polar bears in summer, explore manitoba

Ultimate canadian road trip, Polar bears in summer, explore manitoba

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Explore Manitoba further or return to our ‘100 Day Ultimate Canadian Road Trip‘ guide

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Prue Sinclair is a twenty-eight year old Aussie who for the past seven years has been exploring the furthermost reaches of the World. Living anywhere but her homeland, she now resides somewhere in the UK where she writes about the adventures of her Ultimate British Road Trip. Her message is simple: You can get anywhere on any budget, you just need to think outside the box. You can trust she’s finding her way to somewhere lesser-known and writing a ‘How To’ guide.

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