First things first, if you live in Toronto (aka the centre of the universe) you might sometimes forget just how big the rest of the province is.
Well, let us remind you: Ontario is hella big. Like, way bigger than Texas big.
So just in case you read the title of this post and you think you’ll suddenly be petting a baby polar bear inside of an hour, we’re here to tell you that’s not going to happen.
However, the fact that you can see polar bears without ever leaving the province is pretty damn impressive. So we wouldn’t blame you for planning a road trip (or booking a flight) anytime soon.
A ‘casual’ 7.5 hour drive north of Toronto you’ll find the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat, a “research and education centre that unites and inspires people to learn more about polar bears, their care and conservation.”
It’s also the largest and only human run care facility dedicated solely to polar bears. The seven hectares of sub-arctic environment these bears roam around in also boasts the largest indoor lake in the world so they can float on ice seven months of the year.
The care facility uses all their time and research to help create a “sustainable future for the polar bear species.”
Educational programs are available as is the opportunity to donate to the habitat and even help feed your favourite bear for a month! It can cost up to $500 a month just to keep a polar bear full of fish every month.
The park is open 10 am to 4 pm daily and admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children.
Definitely sounds road trip worthy to us. Don’t believe us? Check out these incredible pictures from the facility below.