November may be a month without any stat holidays (at least for a lot of Canadians out east), but it's also a month when people can celebrate one of the most beautiful animals on the planet. That's because Polar Bears International has declared November 3 to 9 as Polar Bear Week, and this year a famous supermodel made her way to Canada's polar bear capital to help kick things off.\nKate Upton was in Churchill, Manitoba on November 3 to attend the opening of the new Polar Bears International House, a facility where visitors can learn more about polar bears, their habitat, and what they can do as individuals to help conservation efforts. Upton herself is an ambassador for Polar Bears International.\n"So far, more than a thousand visitors have passed through the house and we've received heartening feedback on the hope and inspiration it provides," Krista Wright, Executive Director of Polar Bears International said in a release. "The centre lets people learn about polar bears, polar bear research, and the role each of us plays in polar bear conservation."\nThe new centre was made possible by contributions from several different donors, including a $1 million donation from Dani Reiss, the CEO of Canada Goose, who was also in attendance for the facility's opening.\nCNW Group/Polar Bears International | Newswire\nAlso in attendance was Kate Upton's husband, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, whose team had just been defeated in the World Series by the Washington Nationals.\nView this post on Instagram FACT 3 ✳️: Polar bears can fast (go without food) for up to eight months. . After feeding throughout the winter, a pregnant female polar bear builds a maternity den in the fall where she will give birth to her cubs and nurse them. She’ll emerge with her cubs in the spring and head to the sea ice to find seals—which means up to eight months with no meals for mom, an amazing feat! A post shared by Polar Bears International (@polarbearsinternational) on Nov 2, 2019 at 4:44pm PDT\nChurchill's mayor, Mike Spence, was also at the opening of the new facility. "We congratulate Polar Bears International on the grand opening of their new PBI House and welcome their long term investment in Churchill," Spence said, according to a news release.\nView this post on Instagram It's #PolarBearWeek!!! In celebration, our favorite polar bear facts continue: . FACT 4 ✳️: Polar bears weigh 1-1.5 pounds when born but grow more than 20 times their body weight in just a few months. When a family finally heads toward the sea ice in the early spring, cubs can already be 15-30 pounds at just two to three months old. Polar bear milk is the fattiest found on land, at about 31 percent fat when the cubs are born. This provides enough calories to help cubs grow rapidly. A post shared by Polar Bears International (@polarbearsinternational) on Nov 3, 2019 at 6:02am PST\n"Together, with partners like Polar Bears International and the broader scientific community, Churchill will continue to lead the way in sustainable growth."\nView this post on Instagram Today, polar bear cubs generally stay with their mother for two and a half to three years➖learning how to hunt, feed, swim, and survive on top of the frozen Arctic Ocean. . Between the time they leave their mother and they are mature enough to mate, polar bears are called subadults. . Historically, polar bears in Hudson Bay weaned in half the current time, due in part to high productivity in that region. This is becoming less frequent as that ecosystem changes and the sea ice season shrinks. A post shared by Polar Bears International (@polarbearsinternational) on Oct 11, 2019 at 1:41pm PDT\nPolar Bear Week continues until November 9, with plenty of other great tools for people to check out, including an augmented reality experience that puts users right in a polar bear's natural habitat.\nView this post on Instagram Today on the coast of Hudson Bay. . #LIVEfromtheTundra Photo: @ktmillerphoto A post shared by Polar Bears International (@polarbearsinternational) on Oct 31, 2019 at 12:11pm PDT\nCanada, of course, has plenty of experience with polar bears, considering that it is home to the most polar bears in the world. Sometimes a polar bear will even run across a baseball field. However, they can sometimes pose a threat to humans, especially in Nunavut, where wild polar bears forced one community to have an indoor Halloween.\nDisclaimer: Cover photo on the right used for illustrative purposes only.\nThere are stories everywhere. If you spot a newsworthy event in your city, send us a message, photo, or video @NarcityCanada on Twitter and Instagram.