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A Fascinating Glimpse Into Churchill, Canada's Polar Bears Town

It's International polar bear day today so we thought would could be better than experiencing the magic of looking into the eye of a polar bear? 

If you happen to know someone who has seen polar bears in the wild, chances are they're most likely to have seen them in Churchill. The Canadian polar bear town in Manitoba calls itself the Polar Bear Capital of the World – deservedly so. Seeing the Churchill polar bears is a bucket list experience. Via: Travel2Next

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    With the boreal forest to the south and the Arctic tundra to the north-west, Churchill’s location puts it right on the natural migration path of the polar bears.

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    The landscape around Churchill is a barren picture of earthy hues pockmarked with bushes and boulders of the Precambrian shield. Churchill has a fascinating geology with some of the oldest rocks on the planet. Grey clouds hang in the sky and the muted colours paint a bleak picture. Yet, there's an unearthly beauty in this isolated outpost.


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    The best season for polar bear viewing is in Autumn when about 1000 polar bears turn up between July and November each year to substantiate Churchill’s claim to the moniker.

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    The Churchill polar bears roam on the beach and sleep on the rocks. Sometimes they boldly stroll right into the town’s main street.

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    There's even a post office where you can get your passport stamped to prove you have visited the Polar Bear Capital of the World.


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    So what are the top polar bear hangouta in Curchill?

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    Polar bears have been spotted at Cape Merry Battery, near the gunpowder magazine. Built in 1746, the magazine was used to guard the fur trading post of the Hudson's Bay Company. A crashed Curtis C-46 Commando freight plane called Miss Piggy also has plenty of hiding spots for polar bears. Other haunts for the Churchill polar bears are the beach, the forest and the airplane wreck.



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    Here are some more photos from these very special town:

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