Set in a unique Arctic town with true northern exposure, Polar Bear Town, premiering Tuesday, September 22 at 8 CT | 9 ET/ PT on OLN, is a half-hour documentary series that provides a front-row seat for some of the closest human-bear encounters ever seen on television.
On the edge of Canada’s arctic, one remote northern town lies directly in the path of the largest polar bear migration in the world. Every fall, 1,000 seal-starved polar bears migrate directly through the frontier town of Churchill, Manitoba. The population explodes from 800 to 10,000 with the arrival of tourists seeking bucket list bear encounters from some of the best polar bear guides in the world. The series features young gun Kelsey Eliasson, who guides his clients amongst the majestic bears – driven by passion and adventure, he pushes ever closer, determined to protect both the clients and the bears. Next up is Dennis Compayre, the bear whisperer, whose charm works as well with the bears as it does with the locals. His clients include some of the most acclaimed nature photographers in the world. Finally we introduce to you to former hippie lothario, Brian Ladoon; although not a guide, he operates a roadside attraction where his Eskimo dog kennel attracts curious bears and cash toting tourists.
Polar Bear Town is produced by Merit Motion Pictures in association with Rogers Media, Earth Touch and the Smithsonian Channel USA, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit and the Canadian Film and Video Production Tax Credit.