Cape Churchill Polar Bears

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

In November 2016 (Nov 17-28) I will be leading a group, through Frontiers North Adventure Tours, to Cape Churchill Manitoba for Polar Bears and other wildlife. We will have our own tundra buggy and be part of a larger group of 40 like-minded individuals. This is considered the ultimate polar bear tour and while it is expensive (CAD 11 799 + tax+ single supplement 450.00) it is all inclusive and exclusive. Only 40 people per year experience this adventure on the Hudson Bay coastline in Wapusk National Park. Frontiers North has perfected the technique of towing their modular Tundra Buggy Lodge 35 km from Polar Bear Point to Cape Churchill, where the big bears, mothers and cubs assemble to await the formation of ice in Hudson Bay.

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) Mother and yearling cub, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) Mother and yearling cub, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Our tundra buggy will have a limit of 10 photographers plus guide and driver so there is plenty of room and each photographer will have access to both sides of the vehicle plus the platform at the back. We are out each day, all day, for 7 full days plus some time in the town of Churchill and in the Churchill Wildlife Management area prior to departure for the Cape.

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) Sleeping in snow, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Arctic Fox (Alopex lagopus) Sleeping in snow, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

The tour begins in Winnipeg with a welcome dinner and accommodation included. It ends in Winnipeg with a farewell dinner and overnight hotel. Frontiers North provides (on loan)  winter apparel- parka, boots and pants. Travel to Churchill is by charter aircraft so all your gear can be carried on without carry-on restrictions.

The Cape Churchill Lodge

The Cape Churchill Lodge

Tundra Buggy vehicle and curious polar bears, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Tundra Buggy vehicle and curious polar bears, Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Please don’t hesitate to contact me through the blog or my website email info@donjohnstonphotos.com if you have questions. I will provide information regarding booking the tour at that time.

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus), Wapusk NP, Cape Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

About Dawns _Images
I (Don Johnston) am a wildlife and landscape photographer based in Lively, Northern Ontario. My work is represented by All Canada Photos (Victoria), agefotostock (Spain), Interphoto (Germany), PhotoEdit (USA) and Alamy (England). I am widely published in books, magazines, calendars as well as advertising media and decor. My personal stock photography website www.donjonstonphotos.com has over 10 000 images in galleries plus a search feature. Like many other nature photographers I am self-taught beginning with film in the 1980s and continuing through the 21st century with digital. I taught high school biology for thirty years, retiring in 2003 to pursue photography full time.

11 Responses to Cape Churchill Polar Bears

  1. Ed Wyrwas says:

    Awesome photos , the lighting , sharpness and colour , just spectacular as usual Don , while in Toronto passing by a Chapters book store your photo on National Geographic was on display , congratulations on your success hitting the big time magazine …. PS… Need some advice , banging my head on buying the 810 or the 750 , may you shed some light on advice thanks Don …..

  2. roma lundgren says:

    Beautiful photos Don. Roma

  3. Beautiful images Don..love ’em all!!!

  4. Thanks Andrew, Ed and Roma. Much appreciated!

  5. Marion Delvecchio says:

    Fantastic pictures…………..Marion

  6. K J P says:

    Hey, Ed Wyrwas: Go for the 810, you won’t look back . . . period.

  7. David Korem says:

    Dave korem, I love your narural winter photography, I consider that the hardest of all photography. Great work

  8. Diane Pamela says:

    The light in these wonderful photographs is so perfect.

  9. Lynn Marie says:

    Hi – Gorgeous photos and nice variety. I’d love to ask you some questions and will check back for your reply. Just returned from Tundra Lodge (Great White Bear) which was outstanding. Years ago I did the Churchill based tundra visits, also outstanding. Looking for a different PB experience and Cape Churchill is intriguing. My concern: too much of a gamble late in the season. If the ice freezes, I believe the bears head out immediately. This year, ice formation is about 10 days ahead of schedule and there was concern that the last trips of the season may need to be canceled. Any insight on freezing and the Cape Churchill location would be appreciated. Thank you.

  10. Hi Lynn and thanks. I will be deferring my trip this year until next year in hopes of having more time to garner more interest to form a group. The Cape is expensive but the prices are in Canadian Dollars and that gives foreigners a big advantage with today’s currency exchanges. Yes it is late in the season but Frontiers North has being doing this trip for many years at the same time, with general great success over the years. They are a well-established company with an excellent reputation. There are always risks in wildlife photography and Cape Churchill is no exception. btw the BBC Wildlife Photograph of the Year (not a bear!) was made at the Cape during our trip. Many of us have that shot but kudos to Don Gutoski for having the foresight to see the potential in the winning image.

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