Located in the Hudson Bay lowlands, Polar Bear is Ontario's largest Provincial Park covering an area over 2 million hectares in size. This is tundra and the park is located in the most remote regions of Ontario.
Sub-arctic conditions prevail in the park, which is the domain of woodland caribou, moose, marten, fox, beaver, goose, black bear, and polar bear. Seals, walruses, beluga and white whales frequent the coast and estuaries. As many as 200 polar bears lumber through coastal areas at certain times. The peak period is early November. In late spring, hundreds of species of bird descend upon the region. White geese can be seen rising gracefully above the sea.
There are no visitors' facilities. Landing permits must be obtained in advance for each of the park's four airstrips.
The only evidence of human habitation in the park is an abandoned radar station, part of a former military defence line. It consists of squat metal buildings, oil tanks, radio towers, and a few radar dishes and a landing airstrip.
Visitors to Polar Bear should be prepared for any eventuality. They should bring at least one week's extra supplies in case their departure is delayed due to bad weather. Tents should not rise any higher than necessary, due to the possibility of strong winds.
For more information:
Polar Bear Provincial Park
c/o Northeast Zone Office
P.O. Box 730 2 Third Ave.
Cochrane, ON P0L 1C0
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