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What began as an end-of-the-season blowout party for the staff and organizers of our infant polar bear-watching season years ago near Churchill slowly evolved into one of the most sought-after trips for pro photographers and TV media looking for images of polar bears.
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After the main bear-watching season at Gordon Point in early November, we moved our still-tiny mobile lodge and a couple of Tundra Buggies about 15 miles further east along the Hudson Bay shore to Cape Churchill.
Here, we could extend the normal bear-watching season by another couple of weeks as the waters of Hudson Bay froze later than closer to Churchill. Once the Bay waters freeze, the bears are gone overnight, heading off for their winter seal hunt. We also discovered that the Cape area was perfect for photography -- less brushy taiga vegetation, beautiful smooth eskers (ridges deposited by Pleistocene glaciers some 10,000 years ago), gleaming frozen intertidal lakes and rugged blue sea ice jumbled up along the shore.
Besides, not only were there bears here, but BIG bears and LOTS of bears! Mothers and cubs!
All milling about doing the things that bears do when waiting for the sea ice. Slowly at first, then as a flood, the word got out among pro wildlife photographers and TV news and documentary crews that this was THE place to get images of bears. The end result was that almost every polar bear picture in magazines, books and polar bear documentaries on TV was shot on one of our Cape Churchill polar bear tours.
You won't find a better opportunity to photograph polar bears than this! Or, if you're not a photographer and just want the ultimate in polar bear-watching, come with us on this trip!