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Scientists believe that global warming could drive polar bears to extinction sometime this century—a fact not lost on Wildland Tours. The Canada-based outfitter's first-ever polar bear tracking trip in distant regions of Labrador will depart next spring aboard the restored Dutch fishing vessel Wanderbird. Venturing from Nain to Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve—Canada's newest—and onto the recently established Inuit territory of Nunatsiavut, the outfitter will team up with local Inuit for homestays and sit-downs with elders to discuss climate change and the plight of the world's largest carnivores. Last year Parks Canada biologists tagged a whopping 123 polar bears during a survey of the area; on this trip, guests will perform their own count, with park staff on hand. Zodiac landings allow for hikes in what Wanderbird captain Rick Miles calls the wildest scenery on the Atlantic coast: Fjords reach their fingers in from the crashing ocean and mountain peaks rise to 5,000 feet (1,524 meters), the vast span of it all occupied by whales, wolves, and golden eagles. "It's a long way away from what you see on TV—the scenery is magnificent," says Miles. Aboard the ship, six varnished-wood cabins with private baths, two spacious salons, and an observation deck with teak steamer chairs make for cushy counting.


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