The Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat (PBH) is the largest facility in the world dedicated solely to the care of polar bears. Through exceptional animal care standards, educational programming, and participation in conservation projects, PBH has become an internationally respected centre for polar bears. The bears in our care live on 24 acres of sub-arctic, boreal terrain which includes local flora and fauna, and a 10-acre spring-fed lake.
After arriving at the Welcome Centre, guests can take their time walking around the five different polar bear enclosures, while taking in local northern Ontario environment. The bears are given the freedom and choice to spend their days acting however they choose. They are free to swim, sleep, eat and play whenever they wish. In the summer months, the bears are less active but can still be seen during the day. The fall and winter months are the best for bear viewing, as the cooler weather allows them to be more active. Our mission to provide our bears with the best life possible means that we cannot guarantee that visitors will see them. We encourage guests to take time to read the informational displays in the viewing building, attend a keeper talk to learn about the bears, and speak with the animal care staff during their interactions with the bears.
Adjacent to The Habitat is the Heritage Village, built to represent Cochrane in 1912. This exhibit features many buildings and artifacts including a train station, butcher shop, and doctors’ office. The snow mobile museum, located alongside the gift shop, is also a must see for winter enthusiasts.
Operates year-round, 9am – 5pm from Thanksgiving to Victoria Day, 10am – 4pm from Victoria Day to Thanksgiving.