Polar bears

The polar bears that can be observed and photographed in the area of Wapusk National Park are mostly females with one or two, exceptionally three, cubs.

The high density of bears and their presence in this region is due to the presence of the Hudson Bay on the path of their migration to the North in the fall. While solitary male bears wait for the bay to freeze to continue their migration in late October / early November, expectant females (whose gestation period lasts nearly six months) take advantage of the mounts and hills along the park’s lakes to dig out the dens in which they hibernate and give birth.

The mothers then come out of the dens at the end of a five month period, accompanied by cubs who are, by then, nearly three months old.


Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) mother and two cubs, Canada, Manitoba, 2

Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) standing close on the icefloe, Svalbard, 1