Polar Bear Blog

Churchill Wild Instagram Photos from Guests, Photo Leaders and More Shared Here

The cleanest air on the planet lives here. And this big polar bear knows it. Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Photo by Derek Kyostia @polar.nemo on Instagram.
The cleanest air on the planet lives here. Photo by Churchill Wild guide Derek Kyostia at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. Click image for more from Derek at @polar.nemo on Instagram.

We want to share your Churchill Wild photos with the world!

Churchill Wild guests, professional photographers, photo leaders and staff post a large number of photos to Instagram, both on their personal accounts and on the @churchillwildsafaris Instagram page. The album below includes a mixture of photos from all the aforementioned groups and from our own account. You can click on any of the photos in the album and they will open a new window to the photographer or author page.

We love to share photos from our polar bear lodges, especially from guests, so if you’ve taken some great shots with us and have posted them to Instagram, using the tags #churchillwild and #churchillwildsafaris could help you gain more exposure on Instagram through this album.

Also make sure to tag the individual lodge or lodges you were visiting, which include #sealriverheritagelodge, #nanukpolarbearlodge and #dymondlakeecolodge. We’ll be creating Instagram feeds for all three lodges, so if you’ve tagged them in your posts they should show up in their respective albums and hopefully help you gain a few more loyal fans!

We’ll swap out the photo at the top of this post on a regular basis and link it to a different guest, photographer, photo leader, guide or staffer. Have to spread the “Loves” and “Likes” around! Of course, we’re also hoping you’ll follow @churchillwildsafaris on Instagram too. 🙂

A huge thanks to all of our guests, professional photographers, photo leaders and staff for sharing your incredible photos with us! Enjoy!

Here are a couple of polar bear facts to start your week!
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1. This is the time of year when female polar bears have just had their cubs. They generally give birth between November and January and will stay in their dens until March or April.
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2. Two-thirds of the time they'll give birth to two or more cubs. And if there's anything cuter than a baby polar bear, it's TWO BABY POLAR BEARS.
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Photo by Ryan Scott.
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#churchillwild #polarbears #polarbearcubs #babypolarbears #cute #wildlife #wildlifefacts #dyk #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #snow #arctic #tundra #hudsonbay #canada #remote #wilderness #rusticluxury #ecolodges #wildlifelodges #natgeolodges #safari #sustainabletravel #experientialtravel #explorecanada #exploremb
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Instagram post 17851691410825144 Real Shave Ice #seaice #pressureridges #hudsonbay #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

Real Shave Ice #seaice #pressureridges #hudsonbay #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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'“Can you see?” Mom’s whisper sent a shiver of excitement up my spine, and I made my way around to the outskirts of our crimson clump, and there, slowly shuffling his way towards us, was a polar bear."'
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This excerpt from 10-year-old Aoife's story about visiting our Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge is a reminder that it's never too early (or too late!) to start keeping a travel diary. Check out the whole story via the link in our bio. 📷: @anjsingh
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#churchillwild #polarbears #travelwriting #traveldiary #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #youngtraveler #nanukpolarbearlodge #ecolodge #natgeolodges #sustainabletravel #churchillwildsafaris #polarbeartours #wildlifeviewing #hudsonbay #summer #arcticsummer #arctic #explorecanada #exploremb
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Instagram post 17992063942128185 “Spending time with Hudson Bay polar bears was beyond a privilege... but to walk with them? I'm still lost for words. Massive thank you to the legendary guides Derek, Paul, and Emri at churchillwildsafaris for sharing their wisdom and knowledge that makes it possible.” If seeing polar bears is also a dream of yours, plan a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, between July and November. #ExploreCanada 📷 & words : Georgetheexplorer 📍: travelmanitoba
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« C’était déjà tout un privilège de pouvoir passer du temps avec des ours polaires de la baie d’Hudson, mais d’avoir eu la chance de marcher à leurs côtés? Je suis vraiment sans mots! Un énorme merci aux guides incroyables que sont Derek, Paul et Emri, de churchillwildsafaris : c’est grâce à leur sagesse et à leurs connaissances que la magie a pu se produire. » Si voir des ours polaires en vrai est aussi l’un de vos rêves, planifiez un voyage à Churchill, au Manitoba, entre juillet et novembre. #ExploreCanada
Texte et 📷: georgetheexplorer 📍 travelmanitoba
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#ExploreMB #PolarBear #OursPolaire #Churchill #ChurchillWild

“Spending time with Hudson Bay polar bears was beyond a privilege... but to walk with them? I'm still lost for words. Massive thank you to the legendary guides Derek, Paul, and Emri at churchillwildsafaris for sharing their wisdom and knowledge that makes it possible.” If seeing polar bears is also a dream of yours, plan a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, between July and November. #ExploreCanada 📷 & words : Georgetheexplorer 📍: travelmanitoba
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« C’était déjà tout un privilège de pouvoir passer du temps avec des ours polaires de la baie d’Hudson, mais d’avoir eu la chance de marcher à leurs côtés? Je suis vraiment sans mots! Un énorme merci aux guides incroyables que sont Derek, Paul et Emri, de churchillwildsafaris : c’est grâce à leur sagesse et à leurs connaissances que la magie a pu se produire. » Si voir des ours polaires en vrai est aussi l’un de vos rêves, planifiez un voyage à Churchill, au Manitoba, entre juillet et novembre. #ExploreCanada
Texte et 📷: georgetheexplorer 📍 travelmanitoba
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#ExploreMB #PolarBear #OursPolaire #Churchill #ChurchillWild
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Instagram post 17907654514328193 Waking up to a polar bear outside our window at churchillwildsafaris . travelmanitoba #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwildsafaris #travelmb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke

Waking up to a polar bear outside our window at churchillwildsafaris . travelmanitoba #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwildsafaris #travelmb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke ...

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Did you know that polar bears expend roughly 13 times as much energy when they're walking relative to when they're resting?! No wonder we see them sleeping so often! 📷: @nateinthewild
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Straight Faced Cross Fox #crossfox #closeup #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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Mondays, am I right?
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Photo by @anjsingh
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#churchillwild #mondaymood #polarbears #polarbeartours #churchillwildsafaris #wildpolarbears #ecolodges #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #ice #snow #bluehour #blue #churchill #hudsonbay #canada #exploremb #explorecanada #natgeolodges
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Instagram post 18116614054006760 It’s just beyond beautiful there and it makes me smile the whole time with and without reason! That’s what I tell people when they ask me why I like the (sub) arctic so much. And from now on I will show them this picture as proof. Thank you jenninaturally of articaadventures for the 📸! #throwback #😊 #happyme #srhl2019 #churchillwild #canada

It’s just beyond beautiful there and it makes me smile the whole time with and without reason! That’s what I tell people when they ask me why I like the (sub) arctic so much. And from now on I will show them this picture as proof. Thank you jenninaturally of articaadventures for the 📸! #throwback #😊 #happyme #srhl2019 #churchillwild #canada ...

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Invisible #arcticfox #seaice #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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"How much walking will I do each day during my polar bear safari?" This is a question we often get asked and the answer is...probably a lot. Or, maybe just a little! It really depends on where the wildlife is in relation to the lodge. Sometimes the bears and other critters are a few hundred metres away, sometimes our wildlife guides will need to take you trekking up or down the coast to find the bears. That's the nature of a safari! It's a journey, an adventure, an expedition.
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Been off the grid the past week with churchillwildsafaris and travelmanitoba. I couldn’t get over how goofy these Polar Bears were. Moments later the guy on the left belly flopped off the rock. #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb #sponsored matadornetwork #travelstoke ...

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Are you telling me I have snow on my nose?
Hope you keep your nose clean this weekend!
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Hi Courtney! 👋
Here are three things to know about Courtney Horwood, a delightful member of our sales and guest relations team:
1. Courtney works her butt off making sure our guests are prepared for their polar bear safari.
2. Courtney loves her hometown of Winnipeg and is actively involved with several non-profit organizations there.
3. Courtney really, really loves dogs. 🐶
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#churchillwild #ourwildteam #salesteam #customerservice #volunteer
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Instagram post 17977482064088124 How many wolf pups can you count? Churchill, in Manitoba, is the Polar Bear Capital of the World AND an amazing place to see wolves! This family was observed on a tour with churchillwildsafaris earlier this fall.#ExploreCanada
🎥: weilerwoods 📍: travelmanitoba
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Combien de louveteaux dénombrez-vous? La ville de Churchill, au Manitoba, n’est pas seulement la capitale mondiale de l’ours polaire, mais également un extraordinaire endroit pour voir des loups! Cette famille a été aperçue pendant une visite guidée menée par churchillwildsafaris plus tôt cet automne. #ExploreCanada
🎥 weilerwoods 📍 travelmanitoba
#ExploreMB #Churchill #ChurchillWild

How many wolf pups can you count? Churchill, in Manitoba, is the Polar Bear Capital of the World AND an amazing place to see wolves! This family was observed on a tour with churchillwildsafaris earlier this fall.#ExploreCanada
🎥: weilerwoods 📍: travelmanitoba
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Combien de louveteaux dénombrez-vous? La ville de Churchill, au Manitoba, n’est pas seulement la capitale mondiale de l’ours polaire, mais également un extraordinaire endroit pour voir des loups! Cette famille a été aperçue pendant une visite guidée menée par churchillwildsafaris plus tôt cet automne. #ExploreCanada
🎥 weilerwoods 📍 travelmanitoba
#ExploreMB #Churchill #ChurchillWild
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Instagram post 17855641495666189 Hmmm, I think he sees me through the grass. Nothing like the feeling of a curious polar bear approaching.

Hmmm, I think he sees me through the grass. Nothing like the feeling of a curious polar bear approaching. ...

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What kinds of adventures do you have planned for 2020? 🌎
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photo by @chase.teron
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#churchillwild #happynewyear #2020 #adventure #travel #churchillwildsafaris #wildlifetravel #polarbeartours #arcticsafari #bwphotography #ecolodges #natgeolodges #quoteoftheday #polarbear #polarbearphotography #experientialtravel #naturetravel #hudsonbay #arctic #canada #exploremb #explorecanada #goexploring @natgeotravel
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Instagram post 17930853226319002 This healthy male polar bear is magnificent...we met him while out on an Arctic Safari with Churchill Wild. #churchillwild #polarbear #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #romwpyon #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot

This healthy male polar bear is magnificent...we met him while out on an Arctic Safari with Churchill Wild. #churchillwild #polarbear #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #romwpyon #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot ...

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Only the stream between us. #polarbear ...

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Instagram post 18037450399226724 Cheers to a great 2019! Thanks for following us on all our adventures this past year. 🥂
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#churchillwild #newyearseve #topnine #bestoftheyear #churchillwildsafaris #roundup #wildlifelodges #ecolodges #natgeolodges #wildlifephotography

Cheers to a great 2019! Thanks for following us on all our adventures this past year. 🥂
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Instagram post 17859036196575669 Polar bear northern Manitoba...We arrived at our fly-in camp, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which was 250kms from civilization....the nearest town was Churchill. It was late October and the weather was windy and rainy. Within minutes of arriving we came across this big male, laying down in some willow brush, with his back to the elements and just waiting out the inclement weather. #ROMwpyON #nanukpolarbearlodge #churchillwild  #polarbear #churchillwild #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot

Polar bear northern Manitoba...We arrived at our fly-in camp, Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge, which was 250kms from civilization....the nearest town was Churchill. It was late October and the weather was windy and rainy. Within minutes of arriving we came across this big male, laying down in some willow brush, with his back to the elements and just waiting out the inclement weather. #ROMwpyON #nanukpolarbearlodge #churchillwild #polarbear #churchillwild #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot ...

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Happy holidays! 🌲
Please note that our office will be closed from December 25 through January 1 as we celebrate the season with family and friends. Thank you to @charlesglatzer for this beautiful frosty photo!
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#churchillwild #frosty #winter #churchillwildsafaris #polarbears #wildlife #wildlifephotography #canon
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Instagram post 18111905134043640 A Young female polar bear grooming herself on the ice flow on the edge of Hudson’s Bay… We spent over an hour approaching her on foot and she had the nerve to stick her tongue out at us! #polarbear #churchillwild #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #romwpyon #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot

A Young female polar bear grooming herself on the ice flow on the edge of Hudson’s Bay… We spent over an hour approaching her on foot and she had the nerve to stick her tongue out at us! #polarbear #churchillwild #bestnatureshot #canoncanada #shotoncanon #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #opcmag #wildlifeplanet #canadianwildlife #explorecanada #bestnatureshots #yourshotphotography #romtoronto #romwpyon #photomagazine #naturesbeauty #naturesbest #naturesbestphotomagazine #nature #cangeo #sharecangeo #natgeomyshot ...

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Instagram post 18126450586040371 Arctic Can Can #arcticfox #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

Arctic Can Can #arcticfox #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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It was a very foxy year at Seal River Heritage Lodge! There were a few hanging around the lodge most of the season, including this one, who could often be found curled up in a snowbank below the lounge windows.
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#churchillwild #arcticwildlife #arcticanimals #arcticfox #churchillwildsafaris #wildlifephotography #sealriverheritagelodge #natgeolodges #hudsonbay #dawn #sunrise #morninglight #snow
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Instagram post 18077204980192779 When it’s -37c with 60km winds everything freezes! Currently up in Manitoba with the incredible churchillwildsafaris. More coming soon (when I get back to some decent internet!) #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb

When it’s -37c with 60km winds everything freezes! Currently up in Manitoba with the incredible churchillwildsafaris. More coming soon (when I get back to some decent internet!) #churchillwild #sealriverheritagelodge #exploremb ...

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Instagram post 17846037961739558 Something catches this wolf’s attention as it is out patrolling on a snowy winter morning on the shore of Hudson Bay.

Something catches this wolf’s attention as it is out patrolling on a snowy winter morning on the shore of Hudson Bay. ...

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How many bears do you see in this photo? 😂
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#churchillwild #guestphoto #polarbears #polarbearcub #cute #cuddlesession #winter #snow #bearfamily #wildlifephotography #churchillwildsafaris #polarbeartours #wildlifeviewing #wildlifelodges #sealriverheritagelodge #ecolodge #natgeolodges #wildpolarbears #exploremb #explorecanada
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Instagram post 17889315847423947 Reality: Being a baby polar bear isn’t easy and momma bear isn’t always successful at keeping them safe. We can only speculate how an injury like this took place, but the chances of survival for this little guy are next to nothing. Brings into focus the desire of intervention and the reality of letting nature take its course. It was heart breaking to watch this cub interact with its mom and sibling, trying desperately to keep up with them. The Wild is never gentle. •
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Reality: Being a baby polar bear isn’t easy and momma bear isn’t always successful at keeping them safe. We can only speculate how an injury like this took place, but the chances of survival for this little guy are next to nothing. Brings into focus the desire of intervention and the reality of letting nature take its course. It was heart breaking to watch this cub interact with its mom and sibling, trying desperately to keep up with them. The Wild is never gentle. •








#travelmb #churchill #manitoba #exploremb #canada #cangeo #polarbear #polarbearcub #bearcubs #injury #wild #wildanimals #churchillwild #photooftheday #photography #subarctic #predator #babyanimals #cute #tourcanada
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That Guilty Look... #arcticfox #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer ...

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"I have dreamed about seeing polar bears my whole life and this was a dream come true. Thank you for making everything so unique." - Kristina T. from California // photo by @jenninaturally of @articastudios
Thank YOU, Kristina, for letting us be a part of your memorable adventure! 😊
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#churchillwild #ourguestssayitbest #testimonial #polarbears #dreams #adventure #wildlifephotography #churchillwildsafaris #polarbearviewing #experientialtravel #ecolodges #nanukpolarbearlodge #sealriverheritagelodge #natgeolodges #hudsonbay #churchill #arctic #arcticwildlife #exploremb
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Instagram post 17901282040397016 The cheekiest Arctic fox that I ever did meet. 🥰⁣
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These last few weeks in sub-Arctic Canada photo-guiding with churchillwildsafaris have been incredible. Polar bears, Arctic fox, red fox, wolverines, wolves, moose, gyrfalcons, and so much more. Despite the harsh climate (-40c is pretty cold, trust me), wildlife continues to thrive in this special corner of the world.⁣
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All that said, this is an extremely fragile environment; each element in a delicate balance with the next. If one falters, the system collapses. With climate patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable, the challenges that face wildlife here are now unprecedented.

The cheekiest Arctic fox that I ever did meet. 🥰⁣

These last few weeks in sub-Arctic Canada photo-guiding with churchillwildsafaris have been incredible. Polar bears, Arctic fox, red fox, wolverines, wolves, moose, gyrfalcons, and so much more. Despite the harsh climate (-40c is pretty cold, trust me), wildlife continues to thrive in this special corner of the world.⁣

All that said, this is an extremely fragile environment; each element in a delicate balance with the next. If one falters, the system collapses. With climate patterns becoming increasingly unpredictable, the challenges that face wildlife here are now unprecedented.
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It's cold here in Manitoba. Really cold. So we're throwing it back to warmer days filled with arctic terns and fuchsia fireweed. Photo by Jianguo Xie.
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Waiting on the long weekend. •








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Profile portrait perfection!
Photo by @koki_yamada_photography
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Instagram post 18091772128140389 Snow Tracks #arcticfox #sealriverheritagelodge #churchillwild #churchillwildsafaris #shootthelight #hudsonbaycoast #sonyalpha #yourshotphotographer

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Say 'hi' to Josh!
Josh Robson is part of our lodge maintenance team. He hauls water, makes fires, and fixes whatever's broken. "Run, Forest, Run!" is a quote that follows Josh, who always seems to run from one task to the next. He has a big heart for the wild, an endlessly cheerful outlook and does a mean moose impersonation, as seen here. 💯
And oh yeah, today's his BIRTHDAY!
📷: @rmsteckphotography
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