Three men with rifles standing on rocks. Snow on the ground and lake in the background.

Polar Bear Town

Nominated for Best Writing in a Factual Program or Series
Canadian Screen Awards
Nominated for Best Documentary Screenwriting
Leo Awards

This beautifully shot series follows the majestic beasts’ migration and the professional guides whose mission is to get their human clients close, but not too close.

Kathryn Shattuck

New York Times

Takes viewers on an intimate journey to meet the marine mammals that call the area home.

Jackie Mansky

Smithsonian Magazine

A documentary about mutual respect, prudence, and survival on both the bear and the human sides.

David Hinckley

TV Worth Watching

The Story

Every autumn, over 1,000 starving polar bears travel directly through the remote northern frontier town of Churchill, Manitoba to reach their hunting grounds on Hudson Bay. Polar Bear Town follows the migration of the world’s biggest land predator, the tourists who come to witness the spectacle, and the gritty, colourful, polar bear guides in charge of keeping everyone - people and animals – safe.

POLAR BEAR TOWN – Season 1

The bears are on the move and headed for Hudson Bay! Tour operators and guides gear up for another busy season and the bears will not disappoint. Against a backdrop of some of the world’s most amazing landscape and weather, each show features a different phase of the polar bear migration. This is Polar Bear Town, a front row seat for some of the closest human – polar bear encounters ever seen on television.

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For distribution and sales information (Canada), please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

For distribution and sales information (World, excluding Canada), please contact Earth Touch.

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For educational sales (Canada), please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

For educational sales (World, excluding Canada), please visit Earth Touch.

Duration(s):

OLN - 12 x 30min

Smithsonian - 6 x 46min

Earth Touch - 12 x 26min & 6 x 50min

DVD - 6 x 44 minutes

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About The Team

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Series Director
Mike Bodnarchuk
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Series Producer
Ed Hatton

MERIT MOTION PICTURES IN ASSOCIATION WITH EARTH TOUCH FOR SMITHSONIAN NETWORKS PRESENT “POLAR BEAR TOWN”

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ED FIELDS

SUPERVISING PRODUCER ED HATTON (PRODUCTION)

SUPERVISING PRODUCER ANDY BLICQ (POST-PRODUCTION)

SERIES DIRECTOR MIKE BODNARCHUK

SERIES EDITOR ERIN CUMMING

NARRATOR MIKE GORAL

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR MERIT MOTION PICTURES MERIT JENSEN CARR

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER FOR EARTH TOUCH USA PHIL FAIRCLOUGH

Released:
2015