Frontiers North Adventures provides the best access in the world to wild polar bears. Our guests enjoy the utmost comfort and safety while viewing wildlife on the Churchill tundra. How do we do this? It’s actually pretty simple. As owners and operators of the Tundra Buggy® Adventure, we manufacture our buggy fleet exclusively for use as a wildlife viewing vehicle. Because polar bears are our main attraction out on the tundra, our vehicles are built very high off the ground to ensure guest safety. Since our Tundra Buggies only use existing trails that were built by the military in the 1960s, the terrain can be a bit challenging. The high ground clearance of the buggies also helps us navigate through difficult areas of the trail that we may encounter.
The average male polar bear is 8 to 10 feet (2.5 to 3 meters) tall. The tires alone on each Tundra Buggy vehicle are 5.5 feet (1.7 meters) high and 3.6 feet (1.1 meters) wide, and sit on 25-inch rims! A wide-bodied enclosure sits on top of the wheels and provides even more height, security, and comfort to guests.
The engine in our Tundra Buggies is an International DT 466, often found in highway semi-trailers. It is geared through the Allison transmission, and then geared through the differentials and planetaries on the hubs. The buggies are full-time four-wheel drive and have the capability to lock the differentials if needed.
The top speed of a Tundra Buggy vehicle would be around 45 km/h (28 mph) on a smooth trail. The buggies are relatively self sufficient with onboard air compressors, tool kits, extra fluids and oils, lavatories and propane heaters which are independent of the engine. Pair this with comfortable seats, windows that open and a large observation deck, we have a great vehicle that allows our guests to go out onto the tundra and photograph the Lords of the Arctic, polar bears!