The facility, which opened in 2004, is unique in that it has a wading pool where visitors can actually swim with the polar bears, separated by only a sheet of bulletproof glass.
|Aurora, a former temporary resident, swims up to the glass.|
Photo via the Toronto Star courtesy of the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat.
Polar bears are threatened in the wild, so obviously any potential resident would have to be captive-born or unable to be released into the wild. City officials are hopeful that a two year old cub born in a Quebec zoo may be on his way to Cochrane in the fall, but nothing has been made official.
More about the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat.