The Canadian Polar Bear Habitat is a registered not-for-profit charity with a mission to promote the long-term sustainability of the polar bear through education, research, and edu-tourism.
The CPBH is currently home to Ganuk, Inukshuk, Henry, Eddy, and Taiga. With 24 acres of pristine, subarctic and boreal natural environment, we offer them a home as close to wild as possible.
We also recognize the importance of learning as much as we can from them to improve the welfare of all polar bears, whether wild or in human care.
We collaborate with climate change and polar bear specialists and scientific institutions around the world, such as the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The research conducted here allows scientists to understand more about individuals in wild populations. The work that we do is essential for the long-term survival of polar bears in a changing Arctic climate.
In addition to our research and conservation efforts on campus, we also provide educational talks to groups in the community and around the world via video chat.
The polar bear holds special significance to the Indigenous people, especially to the communities of the south coast of James and Hudson’s Bay.
These communities are experiencing increasing polar bear-human interactions due to considerable declines in Arctic sea ice.
The CPBH regularly partners with Indigenous communities to provide bear behavioural training, support on using humane traps to capture – rather than kill – nuisance bears, and, when required, to rescue abandoned cubs.