My daughter and I attended a polar bear tour hosted by Churchill Wild out of Churchill, Manitoba. While most of our time was spent around their lodge at Dymond Lake, our group rented one of the famous Tundra Buggies on this day. Around midday we spotted this mother and cubs as they were forageing on the tundra. The mother caught the scent of food wafting out the open windows of our buggy. Initially she had the cubs stay away from the buggy while she approached to search for the food. After a short while she allowed the cubs to approach the buggy. When it became clear that they were not going to be fed—it is strictly prohibited to feed the bears—she began to escort the cubs away. Their exit path crossed over the foreground berm and there they settled down. After a few minutes the fun began.
While the two cubs and mother polar bear were behind the snow mound, occasionally they would peek up to keep an eye on the photographer. They most frequently peeked up individually, or sometimes in pairs so it took a little patience to get them all. It was like watching the pistons of an engine go up and down as the crankshaft turned very slowly. Ultimately their curiosity was satisfied and the family resumed their wanderings across the snow and ice.