Win a trip to see wild polar bears face to face

All photos by Scott Sporleder

Matador Network, Travel Manitoba, Frontiers North Adventures, and the Canadian Tourism Commission are teaming up to give you the chance to see polar bears in their natural arctic habitat. [COMPETITION NOW CLOSED]


THIS IS YOUR CHANCE to see the largest carnivorous mammals on land in their natural habitat. The Canadian arctic surrounding Churchill, Manitoba is regarded as one of the best places to view polar bears in the wild, and for the last week MatadorU faculty member Scott Sporleder has been in Manitoba checking out the bears for himself, sending us photo and video updates of his adventure.


1. Tweet telling us why you want to see the polar bears of the Canadian North and why you deserve to be chosen. The more convincing and creative you can be with your tweet, the more likely you are to grab out attention and win this thing.

2. You MUST include the hash tags #ExploreCanada and #polarbears and the link in your tweet to be eligible.

3. You may tweet and enter as many times as you like. Each day the MatadorU faculty will choose their favorite entry tweet; at the end of the contest they will select the winner from these daily favorites.

4. Be sure to follow @MatadorNetwork so you can be notified when the winner is announced.

Competition ends Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 11:59PM PST.




Spend several days and nights aboard the Tundra Buggy Lodge at Polar Bear Point — a region with a very active polar bear population near Churchill, Manitoba. Experience the awesome beauty of the Canadian arctic and watch Mother Nature’s pageant of weather and wildlife from the comfort of your remote mobile lodge.

The Tundra Buggy Lodge is comprised of specialized modules that, when linked end to end, stretch almost 100 meters long. There are two sleeper cars (housing 18 and 20 guests, respectively), the lounge, and dining and utility cars. While on the lodge during the evening, guests are encouraged to utilize open decks between cars to view the polar bears and northern lights (weather permitting).

    1) Transportation to and from Churchill, Manitoba from North America
 for winner and a guest.
    2) 2 nights lodging in Winnipeg (before and after the Tundra Buggy Lodge experience).
    3) 2 days of polar bear viewing and accommodations on the Tundra Buggy Lodge in the fall polar bear season of 2013

    4) Bragging rights.

One second place winner will receive:
1) A MatadorU course of their choice.


Air transportation to Churchill, Manitoba is only offered from North America. 
See OFFICIAL 2012 EXPLORE THE CANADIAN ARCTIC COMPETITION RULES for restrictions. Void where prohibited.


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  • Debbie Kelly

    We want to see the #polarbears of Canada in person! Enter to win your own polar bear adventure: #ExploreCanada We really want to see these bears and win the trip!

  • J.J. Barkas

    I want to see the #polarbears! Let’s face it – they won’t be in the wild for much longer! :( #ExploreCanada.