Polar bear spotting in Canada
Make the trip to Canada to see the great white beasts while you’ve got the chance. Each year, around 1,000 polar bears invade Churchill, a town on the shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba. Get yourself on one of the organised trips where you can watch them doing their thing. Book in for the Polar Bear Experience, organised by Frontier Canada (frontier-canada.co.uk), and you’ll get the chance to see polar bears from a tundra buggy (that’s a giant truck for all you Arctic newbies).
Play at: Spend a couple of days in the nearby city of Winnipeg, where you can let out your inner party animal at the colourful Exchange District. Hip nightspots like Alive in the District (aliveinthedistrict.com) and The King’s Head Pub (kingshead.ca) cater to an eclectic mixture of music tastes, especially with their popular open mic nights.
Stay at: The Lazy Bear Lodge (lazybearlodge.com) in Churchill, complete with handcrafted log buildings, is the place to rest after a day exploring the Arctic tundra.
Getting there: For more info on tours, visit frontier-canada.co.uk. Opt for the Polar Bear Experience, where prices start from approx Dhs5,000 per person. Fly to Winnipeg with Air Canada (aircanada.com) for approx Dhs5,900 return. From there you can take a flight with Calm Air (calmair.com) directly to Churchill for around Dhs3,500 return.