The largest provincial park in Ontario is home to hundreds of wildlife including polar bears, caribou, and moose, but it’s also completely void of human life. Oh and it’s almost impossible to visit. Nonetheless, it still sparks our curiosity! Here’s what to know about Polar Bear Provincial Park.

According to Ontario Parks, Polar Bear PP is a non-operating park therefore there are no facilities. It is difficult, almost impossible to visit and it’s only accessible by air.

The area features unspoiled low-lying tundra with sub-arctic conditions. About 8,000 years ago, it was covered in glacial ice, and a huge freshwater sea.

It is now fully inhabited by animals like marten, fox, beaver, goose, black bear, and polar bears.

But as we mentioned previously, this park is barren and only animals coexist here.

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Though, there is an abandoned radar station that was part of a former military defence line!

According to Ontario Parks, the only signs of human interaction here are squat metal buildings, oil tanks, radio towers, a few radar dishes, and a landing airstrip.

The only way to actually reach the park is by plane but a landing permit must be obtained before landing here.

If by ANY chance visitors are able to visit the park, Ontario Parks suggests they bring “at least one week’s extra supplies in case their departure is delayed due to bad weather. Tents should not rise any higher than necessary, due to the possibility of strong winds.”

Per Ontario Parks, this land is considered the most “temperately located mainland tundra in the world.”

Though you may never actually visit this park in your lifetime, it’s still cool to know it exists!

Maybe we’ll stick to day trip adventures…

Polar Bear Provincial Park

Where: On the western shore of Hudson Bay, above James Bay, in the far northern area of the province.