Manitoba:Frontiers North Adventures Brings Churchill’s Polar Bears to Google’s Street View



A polar bear approaches a tundra buggy.

Frontiers North Adventures has announced its collaboration with Polar Bears International to help bring Google’s Street View to Churchill, Manitoba’s wild polar bears. Using Google’s mapping tools, people from around the globe can now explore the habitat of one of the world’s best-known polar bear subpopulations, all captured using a Google Street View Trekker mounted on a Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy.

During October 2013 Frontiers North Adventures hosted the Google Maps team in Manitoba Conservation’s Churchill Wildlife Management Area and, with leadership from Polar Bears International, retained the Google Maps Trekker to capture imagery during November at Cape Churchill in Parks Canada’s Wapusk National Park. Both areas are near Churchill, Manitoba and home to one of the world’s most dense annual polar bear aggregations.

“By working on this mapping project with Polar Bears International, we’re able to share Churchill’s wild polar bears with people all over the world that may never have the opportunity to travel up here and lock their gaze with a wild polar bear,” said John Gunter, President and CEO of Frontiers North Adventures. “The more that people understand this environment and the challenges it’s facing, the better we can conserve it.”

Frontiers North Adventures has worked closely with Polar Bears International for more than a decade, bringing attention to the plight of the majestic animals as they face disappearing sea ice caused by climate change. Together, they helped Google by guiding the Street View Trekker team, capturing over 40 kilometres of interactive panoramic photographs.

“Frontiers North Adventures has always provided us a Tundra Buggy to conduct our research and programs,” said Krista Wright, Executive Director of Polar Bears International, the world’s leading polar bear conservation group. “Tundra Buggy One was developed specifically for our use. It’s a digital studio that we use to connect people to the world’s leading polar bear researchers, sea ice experts and other scientists. We’re used to interacting with guests of Frontiers North Adventures in the Tundra Buggy and at the Tundra Buggy Lodge. Through Google Street View, we can now show this amazing place to the world.”

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