20 Apr 2018 | Polar Bear

When people think about polar bears they immediately envision scenes of snow and ice. Did you know you can also see polar bears in summer? In fact, you can travel to the Canadian Arctic almost year-round for chances to see these Arctic icons – it is home to more than 60% of the world’s polar bear population! In summer, you can have unique experiences spotting majestic polar bears and other wildlife including whales and walrus. 

In August, travellers on our Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island safari explore the Arctic by land and boat for amazing polar bear encounters and some once-in-a-lifetime experiences along the way.   

Keep reading to find out 3 reasons to plan a trip to see polar bears in summer: 

1. Warm weather & mild conditions

Myth busted: The Canadian Arctic isn’t always cold! Summer in the Arctic can get quite warm with temperatures ranging from 10 – 20°C (50 to 68°F)! Under the glow of the Midnight Sun, guests enjoy longer days with up to 24 hours of sunshine, for an extended time to experience all the Arctic has to offer.  

2. See polar bears on land & swimming

Land-based trips to the Arctic offer incredible opportunities to view polar bears close-up. In summer, you not only get the chance to see polar bears on land but also in the water! Polar bears in summer can be seen swimming or roaming the coast.

On Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island, Senior Expedition Leader, Dave Briggs, captured close-up footage of a mother polar bear and her cub with beautiful rocky mountain surroundings.  

3. Unique summer landscapes & bucket list activities

The Arctic comes alive in the summer. With mirror smooth waters, soaring icebergs, glaciers and mountains, the landscapes of Canada’s High Arctic are unlike anywhere else in the world. Travellers on Polar Bears & Glaciers of Baffin Island especially love the scenery of Auyuittuq National Park, with opportunities to enjoy incredible views land and water.  

During Arctic summers, guests can participate in bucket list activities including hiking and snorkelling. Exploring icebergs by kayak is another amazing activity that our guests can’t get enough of!

Want to see polar bears in summer? 

Here is how to experience polar bears in the Canadian Arctic during the summer months:

Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island 

Explore the High Arctic in August for opportunities to see polar bears (on land and swimming), bowhead whales, soaring icebergs, and glaciers, and experience Auyuittuq National Park. 

Click here to learn more about this trip.

Contact us today to start planning your summer trip to the Arctic!

By: Elise Zerafa

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