When you think of the most Canadian animals ever, you probably think about beavers, moose, loons and polar bears! If you're wondering where to see Polar Bears in Canada without being in any danger and having to voyage way up north, then there's a place in Manitoba that you have to see. Manitoba is famous for Churchill and its polar bear population, but when polar bears are orphaned and need rescue, then they move to an incredible zoo and rescue centre in Winnipeg.
The Assiniboine Park Zoo has a Journey To Churchill exhibit, where you can get up close with the polar bears and it will blow your mind. This is a unique chance to see these gorgeous and dangerous Canadian creatures and help support rescue efforts. Right now, there are nine polar bears who call this place home and you should totally visit Winnipeg to meet them.
Narcity reached out to the Assiniboine Park Zoo to ask about the polar bears in their exhibit. For the first two years of their life, polar bear cubs need their moms to take care of them and to teach them how to survive and hunt in the wild. Without their mother, their chances of survival are practically zero.
If an orphaned cub is found in the Churchill area in Manitoba, the Manitoba Sustainable Development (a branch of their provincial government) might recommend that the cub be transferred to the Zoo. Then, the Polar Bear Rescue & Care team will take over. The Zoo has a state-of-the-art polar bear rescue and transition facility inside the Zoo's Journey To Churchill exhibit.
The Journey to Churchill exhibit is home to the rescued and orphaned polar bears. It's an expansive, thoughtful and stimulating environment for them that is inspired by their wild Canadian north habitat. You have to check this place out so that you can help support the rescued bears and also get this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get up close and personal with them!
Assiniboine Park Zoo
Price: Admission $20.50
Address: 2595 Roblin Blvd, Winnipeg, MB R3R 2N7
Why you need to go: You can get up close to rescued polar bears at the zoo's breathtaking Journey to Churchill exhibit!