This research and education centre is for polar bears that would not survive in the wild, located on 70 acres of boreal forest and with 24 acres of natural environment enclosures, including a spring-fed lake, it is the world’s largest human care environment dedicated solely to polar bears. You can view the bears, visit their Heritage Village and Snowmobile Museum, and even camp during the summer.
The Viewing building is the focal point of the habitat. You can watch the bears, explore interactive exhibits, or speak with one of the animal care staff during the bearkeeper talks. There is also a small wading pool open from late May to September, where visitors can wade next to the bears, separated by a glass barrier.
Other features of the habitat are the Heritage Village, with several building to explore, including a trapper’s cabin, butcher shop, blacksmith’s shop, fire station and more. You can also visit the Cochrane Classic Vintage Riders Snowmobile Museum, which showcases close to 100 vintage sleds.