Join the Polar Bear Walk

WALK AND FUNDRAISE FOR ARCTIC WILDLIFE

International Polar Bear Day, Feb. 27, 2023

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Every year, polar bears in Hudson Bay walk up to 5,000 kilometres across the 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.

In 2013, seven-year-old Sean Hutton founded the first Polar Bear Walk to help polar bears that depend on the shrinking expanse of sea ice. Since then, thousands of students, families and communities have taken part across the country.

On International Polar Bear Day (Feb. 27), symbolically walk alongside this majestic species.

Whether you walk one kilometre or five kilometres, raise one toonie or one hundred, you can make a difference for the future of polar bears.

How to host your own walk

  • Pick a day to walk

    Join us by walking on International Polar Bear Day (Feb. 27) or another day that same week.

  • Invite others to join

    Ask your school, friends, family and community to walk in solidarity with polar bears, too.

  • Register your event online

    Once you sign-up, you can choose to create an event page or fundraise offline.

  • Fundraise for Arctic wildlife

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

  • Share your walk

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

How small change adds up

Resources

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Why walk?

Polar bears need sea ice to hunt, mate and raise their cubs. 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 us a special responsibility for these iconic bears.

By joining the Polar Bear Walk, you can help create a thriving future for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. Every toonie you raise and kilometre you walk will support WWF-Canada’s work to reverse the decline of wildlife and fight climate change.

Learn more about WWF-Canada’s Arctic conservation work

Get inspired by Sean Hutton

Sean loves polar bears. So much so that he founded the first Polar Bear Walk in 2013 when he was just seven years old! Since then, Sean’s neighbours, friends, school and community in Guelph, Ont. have carried on the tradition.

The Polar Bear Walk has also grown from a local event to a national walk with participants from across Canada taking part.

After a real-life encounter with polar bears in Churchill, Man. in October 2016 — something Sean describes as a “dream come true” — he is more determined than ever to help polar bears thrive.

No matter where you live, you can join Sean and others from coast to coast to coast for WWF-Canada’s Polar Bear Walk.

Sign up to walk and fundraise

We encourage you to check your local public health guidelines when planning your walk.

Have questions? Contact us at 1-800-26-PANDA (72632) or ca-panda@wwfcanada.org