Here in Cochrane, we get an average of almost 300cm (118 inches) of snow in a year!
(Luckily, it doesn’t all accumulate, otherwise, that would be taller than the tallest person who ever lived!)
All that snow is great for polar bears, of course, but it’s also great for winter sports. Cochrane’s Polar Bear Riders Snowmobile Club does a great job of maintaining this area’s world-class snowmobile trails (some of which lead to the Habitat) in the winter, much to the delight of riders from around Ontario and beyond.
And this weekend, dozens of riders are descending on Cochrane to complete endurance rides: loops of 400, 600, or 800km in just one day in the Great Northern Expedition.
However, that’s where the comparison to polar bears ends, since wild polar bears tend to travel considerably less in a day: about 30km.
Happy last two weeks of winter to polar bears and people alike!
Did you know that there is the Classic Vintage Riders Snowmobile Museum next to our Gift Shop?
Come visit us to learn more about polar bears and the rich history of snowmobiling in the Canadian north.