Group shot in Churchill, a.k.a. polar bear capital of the world! | Photo by Andrew

Group shot in Churchill, a.k.a. polar bear capital of the world! | Photo by Andrew

Our first bear sighting! An impressive 600-800 pound male bear strides by our group while crossing the tundra. | Photo by Lane

Our first bear sighting! An impressive 600-800 pound male bear strides by our group while crossing the tundra. | Photo by Lane

Cool, calm, and collected, this bear decided to walk right past us before taking a dip in the pond. | Photo by Carson

Cool, calm, and collected, this bear decided to walk right past us before taking a dip in the pond. | Photo by Carson

Although there is a large amount of ecotourism brought to Churchill by polar bears and other wildlife, the economy of the community has suffered greatly due to multiple components. One of the most significant was the railroad connecting Churchill to Winnipeg (pictured), which provided a lifeline to the town. Due to extreme flooding, railroad operations ceased in May of 2017, eliminating Churchill’s most efficient way of accessing external resources. | Photo by Emma

Although there is a large amount of ecotourism brought to Churchill by polar bears and other wildlife, the economy of the community has suffered greatly due to multiple components. One of the most significant was the railroad connecting Churchill to Winnipeg (pictured), which provided a lifeline to the town. Due to extreme flooding, railroad operations ceased in May of 2017, eliminating Churchill’s most efficient way of accessing external resources. | Photo by Emma

Seeking the light. | Photo by Emily H.

Seeking the light. | Photo by Emily H.

Getting creative. | Photo by Bryce

Getting creative. | Photo by Bryce

Flowers in season. | Photo by Pei

Flowers in season. | Photo by Pei

The sun sets, and our group stays up late to watch the Northern Lights at midnight. | Photo by Tanav

The sun sets, and our group stays up late to watch the Northern Lights at midnight. | Photo by Tanav