Churchill, Manitoba, Canada
Why Churchill, and why now? Because Churchill is known as the polar bear capital of the world, and this time of year is when you’ll understand why. This town, located on the western Hudson Bay, is home to around 900 polar bears. Having migrated back from their summer homes in the tundra, in October and November the bears can be found hanging around, out in the open, along the peninsula as they wait for the Bay to freeze so they can get busy hunting delicious ringed seals out on the sea ice. It’s a rare chance to see these solitary creatures interacting with one another, making temporary friends and begrudging neighbors the way you do when stranded with someone waiting for the same bus. You can take your pick of polar bear tour operators that’ll guide you (safely) out on the tundra, or simply post up somewhere with a good view -- the town is on their migration route, after all -- as they bears journey past.