On our final day in Churchill, we enjoyed a tour of the town's history and natural areas with interpretive guide, Paul Retson.
The Polar Bear Holding Facility is more frequently called the "bear jail". After many years of trying to manage bears for the safety of bears and people, the holding facility has become the solution to problem bears.
While we were visiting, there were eleven bears being held in the facility. The bears are held for a pre-set number of days and then lifted out by helicopter and taken to a wilderness area and released.
Churchill, Kaskatamagan and Kaskatamagan Sipi are three Wildlife Management Areas dedicated to protecting land habitat for polar bears in Manitoba. Together they encompass 14,000 sq km or 5405 square miles. Wapusk National Park, located 28 miles south of Churchill, protects 11,470 square km of land (4430 sq miles) and is one of the world's largest Polar Bear maternity denning areas in the world.
Wapusk is the native Cree word for polar bear. In order to protect the habitat and wildlife, the Park is accessible only by special permit and by helicopter or tundra buggy. Wapusk is the area where scientists first documented Grizzly Bears crossing over into Polar Bear habitat. Seven Grizzly Bears were documented in the Wapusk park between 2003 to 2008.
journey to Churchill, Manitoba, to see Polar Bears including a visit to Riding Mountain National Park. Click the journey to Churchill link to see all the posts. The most recent post will appear first. When you reach the end of the page, click "older post" to continue with the series.
Visit my sketchbook page on Polar BearsBlue Sky Expeditions in Churchill
Blue Sky Expeditions on Facebook
Link to my Polar Bear video
Hudson Bay Buggies and Bears with Rail Travel Tours
Learn about Polar Bears
History of Churchill from Churchill Science
the impact of sea ice decline