Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Polar Bear Safari
Africa has the Serengeti Plain, South America has the Amazon Basin, North America has Cape Churchill on the Hudson Bay – the polar capital of the world. One of the largest of all terrestrial predators, with some weighing fifteen hundred pounds, polar bears are generally elusive creatures, yet they gather at Cape Churchill yearly before Hudson Buy freezes, allowing them to venture off to hunt seals on its dramatic ice floes.
Spectators watch from tundra buggies as the bears frolic and play in family groups, the newborn cubs just black noses and eyes against the white of the snow. The flora and wildlife of the arctic tundra create a beautiful backdrop for nature lovers, while the spectacular display of the aurora borealis lights up the brittle-cold night skies.
Where: approximately 630 miles/1,014 km north of Winnipeg.
How: Natural Habitat Adventures.
Tel: 800-543-8917 or 303-449-3711; www.nathab.com.
Cost: 6 and 7-day trips from $2,895 per person, includes charter flights from Winnipeg to Cape Churchill. When: mid-Oct to mid-Nov.