Contact

1 Drury Park Road 

Cochrane, Ontario, P0L 1C0

Tel: (705)-272-2327

frontdesk@polarbearhabitat.ca

www.polarbearhabitat.ca

We are open 7 days a week, 363 days a year (closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day). 

Opening Hours

Winter: 10am - 4pm

(Thanksgiving to Victoria Day)

Summer: 9am - 5pm

(Victoria Day to Thanksgiving)

Admission

Yearly Membership

Yearly membership allows unlimited access to all amenities for 1 calendar year from the time of purchase. 

Adults   

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-18)

Children (under 4)

Family Pass

(2 adults, 2 children between 5-18)          

$35.00

$26.00

$26.00

Free

$99.00

Day Pass

Daily admission provides access to the polar bear habitat, Heritage Village and Snow Mobile Museum for the day of purchase. To allow enough time to experience everything we have to offer, we recommend allowing at least 1.5 hours for your visit. 

Adults   

Seniors (65+)

Children (5-18)

Children (under 4)

Family Pass

(2 adults, 2 children between 5-18)

$17.60

$13.20

$13.20

Free

$55.00

Directions

Located directly off highway 11 south, just before entering the town of Cochrane, ON, it couldn't be easier to find us! 

Coming from highway 11 south: turn right at the OPP station then follow the road until you see a large polar bear statue (named Chimo). Stay left of Chimo then take the first right to the Welcome Centre.

Coming from highway 11 west: turn left onto highway 11 south then right at the OPP station. Follow the road until you see a large polar bear statue (named Chimo). Stay left of Chimo then take the first right to the Welcome Centre.

Coming from in town: go through the roundabout onto highway 11 south then turn left before the OPP station. 

Follow the road until you see a large polar bear statue (named Chimo). Stay left of Chimo then take the first right to the Welcome Centre.

Plan your visit

When to arrive

We recommend arriving early in the day, as the bears are often most active at this time. While we cannot guarantee you will see a bear, visitors are encouraged to allow themselves time to explore our expansive grounds, learn about polar bears through the interactive displays in the Viewers Building, and attend the educational talk presented by our animal care staff. 

Our bears experience seasonal weather changes similar to that of their wild counterparts. In the heat of the summer, the bears are less active. They prefer to stay cool by sleeping in the air-conditioned holding building or resting in a shaded part of their enclosure. With the arrival of cooler weather in the fall, the bears tend to be more active, showing increased interactions with enrichment items and each other.

Bear Talks

The animal care team hosts daily bear talks at the Viewers Building, where they present information on our bears and the work we do, wild bears, climate change and what you can do to help. Please call ahead for the daily schedule, as this changes seasonally. 

Other things to see

Adjacent to the Polar Bear Habitat is the Heritage Village, a walk through exhibit depicting life in Cochrane in the early 1900's. The Heritage Village is a great place to explore if the bears are out of sight at any point during your visit. 

Wether you want to stop in when you arrive, on before you leave, the Vintage Snow Mobile Museum is located in the Welcome Centre. Featuring the largest collection of vintage snow mobiles in Ontario, this exhibit will delight anyone interested in this popular winter sport. 

Getting around

All pathways and buildings are wheelchair and stroller accessible, with hard gravel pathways connecting all areas of The Habitat. Private vehciles are not permitted within the grounds. Anyone requiring mobility assistance is encouraged to call ahead. 

Feeding times

To ensure the bears' welfare, there are no set feeding times. The bears are fed on a variable schedule, which is dependent on their needs and preferences. They are typically fed between 2-5 times a day, so we encourage our guests to be patient and enjoy the other amenities we have to offer while waiting to view a feeding. 

Dogs

For the safety and welfare of our bears and guests, dogs are not permitted within the grounds under any circumstances. We offer kennels within our welcome centre free of charge, and ask that you do not leave your dog in your vehicle during your visit. Those visitors with service dogs are strongly encouraged to call ahead. 

Looking for other things to do in Cochrane?

Check out the Tourism Cochrane website for more information on places to stay, see and eat!

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