Join the Polar Bear Walk

Walk and Fundraise for Arctic wildlife

February 27 – March 3, 2017

Every year, polar bears in Hudson Bay walk up to 5,000 kilometres across the Arctic sea ice in the 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!

Join Sean in symbolically walking alongside the polar bear in our first-ever national Polar Bear Walk. Whether you walk 1km or 5km, you will double your impact for polar bears by raising awareness about rapid climate change and collecting toonies (which feature the iconic species) to combat the threats to their survival.

If one 11-year-old can do this much for polar bears, imagine the difference we can make together.

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 during Polar Bear Week (Feb. 27 to Mar. 3). Feb. 27 marks International Day of the Polar Bear and Mar. 3 is World Wildlife Day.

  • Register your event online and create your event page

  • 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.

  • Take lots of pictures and share your walk story with WWF-Canada on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or by email.

Downloadable resources

Why walk?

  • Polar bears rely on sea ice for every aspect of their lives—it’s where they move and hunt, mate and raise their cubs.
  • Polar bears are likely to be the most affected species as the Arctic warms and sea ice melts.
  • A new study estimates that polar bear numbers are likely to decline by at least one third by 2050 as sea ice shrinks.
  • At least two-thirds of the world’s polar bears live in the Canadian Arctic, giving Canadians a special responsibility for these iconic bears.
  • From tracking polar bear range so we can better protect their habitat to tackling larger issues such as climate change, every toonie you raise and kilometre you walk will help WWF-Canada ensure a healthy future for the Arctic and its majestic species.