Visit

OPEN DAILY 10am – 4pm

Times are subject to change without notice. Last admission 1 hour prior to closing.

If you are planning a visit, the best time to see our bears is in the morning when they are their most active. Please keep in mind that the bears will sometimes not be outdoors for their own safety and comfort. Strong wind conditions mean the bears must be brought into the bear holding facility to avoid injuries from falling trees. They also have access to this facility during the day to cool themselves off.

Bearkeeper Talks

This is a unique opportunity to hear about our bears from the people who know them best – their keepers.

Twice a day, we offer opportunities to hear our expert keepers talk about the bears in their care and the conservation work being done for them. This is also a great chance to ask them any questions you have!

  • Monday  11:00 am and 1:30 pm
  • Tuesday  10:30 am and 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday  11:00 am and 2:30 pm
  • Thursday  10:30 am and 1:00 pm
  • Friday  10:30 am and 2:30 pm
  • Saturday  10:30 am and 1:00 pm
  • Sunday  11:00 am and 1:30 pm
Day Pass
  • Adults – $16
  • Seniors (65+) – $14
  • Students (12-17) – $12
  • Children (5-11) – $10
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children) – $45
  • Children (4 & under) – FREE
  • Snowmobile Museum – $5 or FREE with day pass
Annual Membership
  • Adults – $25
  • Seniors (65+) – $23
  • Students (12-17) – $20
  • Children (5-11) – $17
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children) – $60
  • Children (4 & under) – FREE

A Day Pass includes access to the bear enclosures and viewing building, Heritage Village, Snowmobile Museum, and daily Bearkeeper Talks.

Group rates are also available. Email frontdesk@polarbearhabitat.ca for more information.

  • By Phone or Email: +1 (705) 272-2327 or frontdesk@polarbear habitat.ca
  • Address: 1 Drury Park Road, Cochrane ON, P0L1C0, Canada.
  • By Air: There is an airport in Timmins with daily flights to and from Toronto via AirCanada and Porter Airlines.
  • By Bus: Ontario Northland buses travel to and from Cochrane daily. The trip takes roughly 13 hours.
  • By Car: Cochrane is an eight hour drive north of Toronto and one hour northeast of Timmins. When entering the town of Cochrane from Highway 11, take the first right after the OPP Station (JR’s Bar & Grill is across the street on the left). Drury Park Road is an extension of 2nd St.
Bear-holding Tour

Fully immerse yourself in what we do here at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat. With this experience you will get a look inside the bears food prep room, where they sleep, and a personal 1 on 1 experience with our animal care staff. To learn more or to book this experience click the title above.

Photography Package

As part of our new customer experiences we will be offering the Photography Package. This will allow customers access to our walkway above the viewers building. From there they will have an uninterrupted view of Enclosure A allowing them to capture beautiful shots of the bears with nothing to block their lenses. To learn more or to book this experience click the title above.

Bearkeeper Experience

(only available in Summer)

As part of our new experiences we will be giving you the opportunity to step into the shoes of a bear keeper! This experience may include a much closer look at training/feeding/zen sessions between the fence line, toy play between the fence line, and possibly even a training session from the walkway on top of the viewing centre. To learn more or to book this experience click the title above.

Crate Training Experience

(only available in Summer)

As part of our new initiative we will be giving you the opportunity to participate in a once in a lifetime experience. With this experience you will get a front row seat to a Crate Training Session with a bear and 2 members of our Animal Care Staff. They will walk you through the process of this training and how and why the bears choose to participate. To learn more or to book this experience click the title above.

Located on 70 acres of boreal forest, the Polar Bear Habitat welcomes you to visit the largest human care environment dedicated solely to polar bears. See the bears, visit our Heritage Village and Snowmobile Museum, or join one of our events throughout the year. Why not camp on our property in summer?

Events for Everyone

Here at the Polar Bear Habitat, we love to celebrate with our bears and our community. Consult our events calendar to find out more about our upcoming events. Please join us; we can’t wait to meet you!

Nothing listed for the day you’d like to visit? We also host Bearkeeper Talks twice a day, every day!

Hold Your Special Event with Us

The Heritage Village is available for special events and as a film location. Contact us for more information.

  • Nanook’s Restaurant will fit a maximum of 90 people for sit-down dining. The space has wifi, and can accommodate audiovisual gear.
  • There is a small outdoor stage for concerts.
  • The barn is a favourite for dancing.
  • Stables and riding circuit available for your gymkhana.

As the Polar Bear Habitat is a sanctuary, we do expect our patrons to respect our bears and the nature of our facility during their visit. Therefore, we’ve established the following policies and regulations to ensure our bears have as stress-free an environment as possible:

  • No pets of any kind are allowed inside the facility. For your convenience we have provided lockable kennels for your dogs just outside our front door. If your dog has kennel issues, ask us if we have any available staff and an area to look after your dog for you while you visit.
  • Service animals are not permitted past the Welcome Center. If a polar bear reacts badly to a barking dog, it isn’t just for an afternoon or a day, but can trigger behaviours that last weeks. We would be happy to look after your dog and escort you while you are on our premises. Please contact us in advance so we may prepare accordingly.
  • Please refrain from bringing any remote-controlled devices such as remote controlled vehicles, drones, or anything else that may fall into this category.
  • Balloons and plastics can be blown into bear enclosures and are also a potential hazard for our large quantity of ravens, crows, fox, grouse, beaver, otters and other wildlife.
  • Please avoid bringing single-use plastic items, and ensure all garbage is properly disposed of.
  • We also ask that all patrons refrain from running, taunting, or teasing the bears at any time.
  • Smoking is only permitted at designated areas outdoors. No smoking is permitted indoors.

By visiting our facility, we trust you agree with ensuring our bears have the best environment possible.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING US IN OUR QUEST TO PROVIDE OUR POLAR BEARS WITH THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF CARE.