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 Arctic sea ice in search for food to raise their cubs. But the sea ice on which they depend is changing, and in some cases disappearing altogether.

To help polar bears that make their home on the 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 communities have taken part across the country.

Join World Wildlife Fund Canada in symbolically walking alongside the polar bear on International Polar Bear Day. Whether you walk one kilometre or five kilometres, raise one toonie or one hundred, together we can make a difference for the future of polar bears.

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.

Fundraise offline only
Fundraise online and offline
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.

  • Collect toonies for Arctic Conservation

    Ask every walker to donate at least one toonie. Small change can make a big difference for wildlife. See the Fundraising Tips resource for more support.

  • 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.

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

Downloadable resources

Why walk?

Polar bears need sea ice to feed and breed and as climate change warms the Arctic, their habitat is disappearing. As sea ice continues to shrink, polar bear populations will dwindle. Researchers estimate that the number of polar bears is likely to decline by at least one third by 2050.

Thankfully, we still have time to act – before polar bears are in crisis

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

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 slow the impact of climate change and reverse the decline the wildlife.