In celebration of Churchill Wild’s 25th anniversary, we thought we’d create a gallery of some of the amazing polar bears we’ve walked with over the years. We’ve seen an astonishing number of the great white bears, thousands actually!
We were recently gathering and organizing for our new anniversary book, Churchill Wild — 25 Years of Adventure on the Hudson Bay Coast, and below are 25 polar bear photos we came across on our hard drives. There were so many more we could have included, and it was basically impossible to choose only 25 photos. We’ll be using all of our best polar bear photos in future albums.
Some of the photos you’ll see below were taken by professional photographers and some were taken by guests. All were captured from July through November at Seal River Heritage Lodge, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge and Dymond Lake Ecolodge. Each photo links to something different. Some link to photographer sites, others to blog posts or safaris, and all to something interesting.
We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we have. We were just along for the ride. But what a ride it has been!
The famous Scarbrow on the move at Dymond Lake Ecolodge. Jiangou Xie photo.
Polar bear playing at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
Emerging from the storm at Dymond Lake Ecolodge. Robert Postma photo.
Polar bear splayed out in fall colours at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo.
A cuddle for Mom at Seal River. Vikram Sahai photo.
Even polar bears take time to smell the flowers. Judith Herrdum photo.
Sumo the polar bear at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Anjali Singh photo.
Polar bear holding court at Nanuk. Ruth Elwell-Steck photo.
Polar bear cubs with Mom on the Polar Bear Den Emergence Quest. Virginia Huang photo.
Autumn snuggle at Nanuk. Ramona Boone photo.
Polar bears sparring at Seal River. Gillian Lloyd photo.
Polar bear in fall frost at Dymond Lake. Dennis Fast photo.
Rare polar bear triplets at Seal River. Quent Plett photo.
On the prowl at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Andy Skillen photo.
Polar bear in fall colours on the Hudson Bay Odyssey. Robert Postma photo.
Polar bear on a cloud at Seal River. Ian Johnson photo.
Polar bear paw. Robert Postma photo.
“I made the cover of a textbook.” Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Charles Glatzer photo.
Summer polar cubs at Seal River Heritage Lodge. Allison Reimer photo.
Polar bear on a smart phone on the Great Ice Bear Adventure. Dax Justin photo.
Two against the storm. Birgit-Cathrin Duval photo
Summer sparring at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Jad Davenport photo.
Looking back on the Great Ice Bear Adventure. Michael Poliza photo.
Polar bear in setting sun at Nanuk. Ann Fulcher photo
Bonus photo! Because we couldn’t resist 🙂 This one from Churchill Wild’s original Chief Photographer and Polar Bear Guide Dennis Fast.