Tuesday 1st November sees the start of Arctic Live, BBC Two's new three-part series exploring the world's northernmost wilderness. Presenters Kate Humble, Simon Reeve and Gordon Buchanan will explore the Arctic regions of Greenland, Canada and Alaska and broadcast live from the tundra at Churchill, Manitoba, where they'll be on the look-out for polar bears. Around 60 per cent of the world's polar bear population lives in Canada and Churchill is one of the few places inhabited by humans where polar bears can be observed in the wild.
October and November are prime viewing months for polar bears at Churchill, although polar bears can also be viewed at other times of the year. To time with the broadcast, tour operator Western & Oriental has launched a brand new trip – Churchill Town & Tundra Polar Bear Safari – further boosting its brand new programme of tailor-made trips to Canada.
The six-day trip starts with a night in Winnipeg before flying north to Churchill, which sits on the west shore of the Hudson Bay. Guests will enjoy a town tour and have time to visit the Eskimo Museum with its collection of Inuit artefacts, before an evening cultural presentation. The following two days are spent travelling through the Churchill Wildlife Management Area in the all-terrain Tundra Buggy, looking out for polar bears and other species including arctic foxes, hares and ptarmigans. Lucky guests might also catch the Northern Lights on a clear night. The final full day includes a dog-sled run and a visit to the Parks Canada Interpretive Centre which educates visitors on Churchill's history in the fur trade, before they return to Winnipeg for the final night.