Join the Polar Bear Walk


International Polar Bear Day, Feb. 27, 2019

Every year, polar bears in Hudson Bay walk up to 5,000 kilometres across the Arctic sea ice in search for food and to raise their cubs. But the sea ice on which they depend is changing, and in some cases disappearing altogether.

To help the polar bears that make their home on the ever-shrinking expanse of sea ice, Sean Hutton founded the first Polar Bear Walk in 2013 when he was just seven years old. Since then, thousands of students, families and professionals have taken part across the country.

Join us in symbolically walking alongside the polar bear on International Polar Bear Day. Whether you walk 1km or 5km, raise one toonie or one hundred, imagine the difference we can make together.

Sign up to walk and fundraise

Anyone can host a Polar Bear Walk. WWF is here to help you every step of the way with our tips and resources below.

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Sign up for teachers

If you’re a teacher, our Living Planet @ School program has a number of resources to help you make the walk a valuable learning experience for your students.

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5,000 Canadians
5,000 km
5,000 toonies
A healthy Arctic

How to host your own walk

  • Pick a day to walk

    We encourage you to walk on International Polar Bear Day (Feb. 27) or another day that same week.

  • Register your event online and create your event page or fundraise offline

    Our downloadable resources are here to help.

  • Select a meeting place and start walking

    You may want to organize one or more meet up areas near your school, office or in your community so you can walk together.

  • Collect toonies for Arctic conservation

    Ask every walker to donate a toonie or ten. Small change can make a big difference for wildlife.

  • Take pictures and share your walk with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @wwfcanada, #InternationalPolarBearDay, #PolarBearWalk

Downloadable resources

Why walk?

There’s good reason to be worried about the future of polar bears. They need ice and snow to feed and breed, and as climate change warms the Arctic twice as fast as the global average, their habitat is disappearing.

At some point, there risks being so little ice that populations will dwindle. Researchers estimate that polar bear numbers are likely to decline by at least one third by 2050 as sea ice shrinks.

Thankfully, we’re not there yet. The time to act is now – before polar bears are in crisis.

By joining the Polar Bear Walk, you can help create a better future for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Every toonie you raise and kilometre you walk will support WWF-Canada’s work to stop climate change and protect more kilometres of habitat.

At least two-thirds of the world’s polar bears live in the Canadian Arctic, giving Canadians a special responsibility for these iconic bears.