Category Archives: Grolar Bear

Polar Bear Blog – Fluffy Snow and Off We Go

Well looks like we’re heading out to Prince Albert sound, its pretty white out there today, soft snow falling to me it looks like the makings of a real blizzard but there’s a glow of the sun behind the clouds so who knows – that’s what guides are for… Wynniatt Bay to the north still sounds like their in blizzard mode. The helicopter researchers seem to be grounded a fair bit and even the local guides setting the hair traps just finally got out of their tents a day or two ago. Probably a good thing … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Onwards to Ulukhaktok

On my way to Ulukhaktok for a couple weeks to look for polar bears and wolves and stuff, pretty excited about it. Ulukhaktok, roughly translating as ‘way harder to pronounce than Holman’, is one of my favourite arctic places. Ulukhaktok, formerly called Holman, is a small community (maybe 300 people?) on the southwest corner of Victoria Island. The name actually translates to ‘place where material for Ulus is found’ but I think that’s actually the name of the three hills overlooking the town. Its all very confusing. It is one of two communities on Victoria Island, the … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Coppermine… Finally! Sort Of

If this is posted, I’m still out on the land… will be back May 1st. Anyway, here’s a quick note from Kugluktuk… Coppermine! After all these years, I finally make it to Kugluktuk, practically arctic spitting distance from Bloody Falls… and I’m not even spending a day here. Crazy. Kugluktuk means ‘place of rapids’. The airport has signs of the Copper Inuit oral history and while there are many mentions of Hearne and Bloody Falls, there is no hint of the story behind the two names. Interesting. From 1769-72, Samuel Hearne – my favourite explorer and naturalist – … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Fred Bruemmer’s Arctic

Fairly often, I find myself picking up one of Fred Bruemmer’s books and scanning through them again, even though I have read all of them over and over and over. Bruemmer was one of the first modern arctic explorers, environmentalists and writers, travelling the arctic in the 1960s and 1970s as well as one of the first polar bear photographers at Cape Churchill. An amazing life and an amazing writer. His work also puts some perspective on the current polar bear hysteria raging. Here is some of what he had learned about polar bears and seal … Continue Reading ››