Churchill polar bears like the garbage bins but the rest of the town is bleak and battered.
Tundra Buggies and Wildlife
A young polar bear seen from a Buggy in November, near Churchill.
Visitors usually view polar bears from specially designed vehicles called tundra buggies (akin to a Portakabin on top of outsize wheels) which rumble slowly through a desolate landscape along trails originally established by the Canadian armed forces.
It is also possible to stay overnight in a tundra lodge (see below) which is a mobile accommodation version and convenient tough pricey.
In late autumn the bears tend to be lethargic conserving their energy for the hunting season, but they can be found everywhere – ambling along the trails, dozing in the scrub nearby or listlessly turning over the seaweed.
Curious bears can get very close to the buggies which provide a great vantage point on their outside viewing platform.
Inside a typical Tundra Buggy.
Pricey but convenient mobile tourist accommodation (Tundra Lodge) on the shores of Hudson Bay.
Et voila! The bear essential.