The polar bear (‘Ursus Maritimus’) may look cute and cuddly, but looks can deceive - it’s both the largest bear and the largest carnivore in the world. They have a pretty good sense of smell too - they can detect ringed seals, their main food source, from almost 1,000 meters away. Native to the Arctic Circle, they can be seen in and around the Arctic Ocean & its surrounding seas.
Churchill in Manitoba, Canada, is known as the Polar Bear capital of the world. Up to 1,000 bears congregate here throughout late spring and summer, waiting for the waters of Hudson Bay to freeze again so they can return to their hunting grounds on the ice, far offshore. Trips in October and November will give you the best chance of seeing the largest concentration of polar bears in the world – from a safe distance, of course - in one of the area’s specially modified tundra buggies.