In Anything Yukon Do, I Can Do Better, the polar bear makes its first official appearance. During the first challenge, the contestants must cross a river of ice floes to the awaiting dogsleds. When Owen and Cody end up on the same ice floe, a polar bear emerges from the freezing water and jumps onto one end of the floe, tipping it so that the two would fall towards it. The two of them cling to each other and stay on the side opposite from the bear. Before the bear can tip the floe any further, Sierra gets the polar bear to go away by throwing a huge ice block at it, injuring it on the head and knocking it back into the water.
In Aftermath: Bridgette Over Troubled Water, one of the clips in the "That's Gonna Leave a Mark" segment shows Tyler continually slipping and falling on the ice floes in the Yukon. Meanwhile, a polar bear is seen cringing at sight and covering the eyes of its cub, who is also watching the event.
In Aftermath: Revenge of the Telethon, the polar bear appears during the "DJ's World of Animals" segment during footage from Newfoundland. When DJ gets his team's boat working, he crashes into an iceberg with a polar bear on it. The iceberg that the bear is standing on begins to break apart before a helicopter crashes into it.
In African Lying Safari, while the bear itself is not present in this episode, it is seen in Cody's hallucination, brought on by the Love-Me Tea. It features Sierra turning into an angry polar bear that roars at him.
In the exclusive clip for No One Eggspects The Spanish Opposition, after Heather reaches the Yukon and ends up getting her tongue stuck to a pole, a polar bear attacks her from behind.
- The polar bear also appears in the game Total Drama Freezer Burn.
- The polar bear is one of the three types of bears shown during the series, with the others being the brown bear and Bruno (a black bear).