Polar bear cartoon – A Canadian adventure

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If a polar bear had a passport, which country’s passport would that polar bear carry? In the wild, polar bears spend most of their lives on the sea ice of the Arctic Ocean. Here’s a polar bear cartoon that will put a smile on your face. 

It’s about a real polar bear born in Queensland who goes on a trip to Canada. If you’re planning a trip to Canada, here are 50 things to do in Canada you’ll love. 

Polar bear cartoon

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A polar bear cartoon about Henry’s adventures.

On 5 October, Henry, the first polar bear born in Australia in 30 years left Australia on a big journey to Canada.

Henry was born at Sea World on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

As a Queenslander, I had been following his antics from birth.

Henry was often featured in local newspapers, after all, who doesn’t love a baby polar bear?

Take a look at these cute polar bear pictures of Henry. 

How adorable!

baby polar bear
Photo: SeaWorld
baby polar bear
Photos: SeaWorld

Henry’s big Canadian trip

On 5 October, Henry went on his first overseas trip.

It was an adventure from Sea World on the Gold Coast to the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat in Ontario, Canada.

Henry is to play a role in the International Polar Bear conservation and breeding program.

Henry’s father, Nelson, was born in Canada (Nelson was an orphaned bear rescued by the Quebec Government) and his mother Liya’s Russian genetic line will add to the Canadian polar bear gene pool.

Liya was displaying typical mating behaviours, which meant she was ready to breed again, so Henry had to go.

Transporting a polar bear from Australia to Canada is a military exercise.

The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) flew him from the Gold Coast to Sydney in a RAAF C-130J Hercules aircraft where he boarded a Cathay Pacific flight to Toronto, which is the biggest city in Canada.

If you’re planning a trip to that part of the world, here are 25 things to do in Toronto to keep you busy.  

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Cartoon polar bear Henry on board Cathay Pacific.

According to Sea World, although Henry has been moved to the Cochrane facility, Henry will continue to be part of Sea World’s Polar bear population and Sea World’s team will continue to play a role in his future.

Cochrane where?

I had never heard of it either.

Most people who visit Canada have the Rockies, British Columbia and Alberta, on the bucket list.

Alberta’s ski resorts are awesome, by the way. 

Vancouver and western Canada’s ski fields get their fair share of visitors too.

Cochrane is a town in north-eastern Ontario. 

It’s a one-hour drive northeast of Timmins, which is the region’s main city.

If you’ve been to Canada and eaten (or borrowed the free Wi-Fi) at a Tim Horton’s doughnut and coffee chain, here’s a cool fact about Canada:

You’ll be interested to hear that Cochrane is the birthplace of Tim Horton who founded the chain in 1964.

Tim is also a player member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat was set up solely for the purpose of caring for polar bears.

There are three outdoor exhibits spread across two and half acres of terrain designed with pools, trees, rocks and natural vegetation.

The Polar Bear Express train connects Cochrane to Moosonee and runs during the summer months along the Arctic Watershed.

It’s a journey crossing historic highways of the fur trade passing hydroelectric dams, isolated homes and wildlife.

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Cartoon polar bear Henry has a ball in winter.

Polar bear cartoon of winter in Canada 

Canada is a winter paradise (not just for polar bears).

If you’re a skier you’ll love the diversity of ski fields and resorts, particularly in British Columbia and Alberta.

Quebec also has some excellent ski resorts.

And the apres ski scene is an attraction even for those who don’t ski.

And you’ll love the sweet taste of taffy in one of Quebec’s sugar shacks.

Canada is pretty good at other times of the year too.

Spring is a great time to see wildlife and to gaze in awe at the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia and Alberta.

Summer is the season for outdoor activities (and to enjoy mountain views) like hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and boating.

And don’t forget the amazing things to do in Niagara Falls.

Cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Calgary come alive with festivals and events.

In autumn, the leaves of many shades of spun gold in Quebec are truly amazing.

The best time to see polar bears in the wild is around October to November.

Polar bear adventure

Although the polar bear population is decreasing worldwide, scientists believe the number of bears might actually be increasing in some parts of Canada.

The town of Churchill in Manitoba is  the “polar bear capital of the world.”

Wild polar bears gather at Hudson Bay waiting for the water to freeze but as soon as sturdy ice forms, they’re off to hunt for seals.

You can take a Tundra Buggy Day Tour for a close look at the polar bears with Frontiers North or stay in a safari lodge like Rapid Lake Lodge in northern Quebec or Churchill Wild’s collection of polar bear lodges in the Arctic.

Another option is an Arctic Kingdom for polar bear photography safaris and wildlife adventure safari in the Arctic travelling by snowmobile and Inuit sleds.

Back to my original question then.

Which country does Henry belong to? Canada or Australia?

Leave your answers in the comments field below.

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    • I have not. I actually did not even know he was born in the zoo and I am not that far from there. Looks like it is time for a weekend trip to the city 🙂

    • oh, I have. What a cute little guy. My kids loved to see him as well and they loved being able to learn about the polar bears at the same time.

  1. What a fantastic and different concept. Loved the story and the mix of cartoon images and real photos. Love to see more of this mix in some future stories.

  2. It is real good to hear that the polar bear popular is growing in Canada. I always like to watch them play around at the local zoo. They seem like such peaceful animals.

    • I have been reading a lot about how the polar bears breed and what is causing the numbers to fall each year a little bit. It is sad, since they live in areas that are usually not anywhere near humans, so that factor of destruction is not even a problem.

  3. If it was up to me, I would easily visit all of the cities that you have on that “bucket list” for Australian folks. I have never been to Canada, but every time I read about it, I want to book a trip.

  4. I like cartoon 🙂 So cute. When it comes to Canada, there are so many DIFFERENT places to visit that you can experience something new each time. That is the best part about living here 🙂

  5. I have never been to Canada. I appreciate what you have written here since it is giving me some insight on visiting there some day.

    • You NEED to visit. There is so much that you can do when you get here. Just about every single city that you can visit will have something for you to see, eat and do. You will not be disappointed.

  6. I have lived in Canada for many years now and I have never been around any location where I could see the polar bears. I am going to have to travel out of the city a little more often. Thanks for the post!

    • You live in Canada and you haven’t seen polar bears? They’re right on your doorstep! Glad you have them in your sights. Enjoy!

  7. At least in a place like Canada, there is a time of the year like Spring where you can visit, see a lot and not have to worry about being frozen to the bone.

  8. I think it is a great idea to pass the polar bears around in the breeding program. If the numbers are going down, there is no better way to get them to come back up.

  9. I can understand why the newspapers would want to cover the story. It is very interesting that a polar bear traveled all of those miles. Nice story.

  10. Canada is a beautiful place to visit. My husband and I make the same trip each summer from New York and we love it. It has become sort of a staple vacation for us.

  11. I have been following this story since the little guy left the gold coast. What a great story and I hope that he is met with much success as he is used to keep the breeding program alive.

  12. Some people wonder why humans really want to get their hands into things like this, but I can see why it is needed. Good work!

  13. So cute! I hope to see the rest of his story throughout his life. He has a very important role right now and it will be nice to see if the plan works out.


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