Bella Waterton, Lodge Manager

Polar bear guide Bella hails from the Bruce Peninsula, Ontario, where she grew up surrounded by the outdoors. Her love for the natural world was instilled at an early age. Adventuring included canoeing, hiking, skiing and camping. Bella began guiding in high school on multi-day, self-supported sea kayak and white-water canoe trips throughout Canada. From paddling through stunning canyons on northern rivers in Canada, to kayaking through ice in Antarctica, Bella has been captivated by the polar regions for the last 10 years.

After studying Law and Psychology in university, Bella began working as an outdoor education instructor in Ottawa where she brought students out into a wilderness classroom. Bella continued guiding throughout Canada, Svalbard and Antarctica on expedition vessels, in addition to multi-day self supported trips. Bella has also worked as a sales representative for polar expeditions. One of the best parts of working in the outdoor industry is the delight she derives from connecting to and learning from people from all around the world.

Joining the Churchill Wild team in 2017 was something Bella had dreamed of as it would get her up close with polar bears and the other iconic wildlife of northern Manitoba. Having the time to simply watch the bears’ movements and behaviours is enthralling — and unique — to Churchill Wild.

While not working, Bella is an avid trail runner, canoeist, climber and loves cooking with her partner, Paul, and their dog, Naili Cho, around their home in Ontario.