Churchill, Manitoba, polar bear capital of the world.
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.
There is a surprising amount to see in the arctic wilderness – ptarmigan, Arctic hares, foxes, voles and the like – as well as polar bears but there is no doubt as to the star of the show.
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.