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From the Canadian filmmakers who helped created the acclaimed BBC series Human Planet, Frozen Planet and Planet Earth comes Wild Canada, an epic four-part series made in collaboration with the CBC’s The Nature of Things.

The award-winning Wild Canada series was filmed by world famous documentarians Jeff and Sue Turner, a Canadian husband and wife team based in British Columbia who have been making wildlife documentary films for the past 32 years with their River Road Film team.

The documentary film series was released in 2014 and it consists of 4 episodes. Here’s a quick overview of the synopsis of each episode of Wild Canada:

1. The Eternal Frontier

Taking a close-up look at Canada’s beautiful scenery and untouched wildlife. Exploring how humpback whales feed on schools of capelin and learning about the world’s biggest intact rainforest.

2. The Wild West

A look at Canada’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. We travel from the Pacific temperate forests to the snow-dusted peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

3. The Heartland

A look at Canada’s beautiful scenery and wildlife. We meet pronghorn antelope, wolverines and beaver in the boreal forest and prairies.

4. Ice Edge

A look at Canada’s beautiful scenery and wildlife featuring polar bear cubs discovering the ice, a young caribou dancing and eider ducks diving for mussels.

Wild Canada’s The Wild West Episode:

This is my favourite episode from the Wild Canada series, featuring the spectacular mountain landscapes of British Columbia and Alberta.

You can watch the other 3 episodes on CBC’s Wild Canada page. Here’s how this groundbreaking film series is described in its press release:

‘Like the groundbreaking Planet Earth series, Wild Canada takes an awe-inspiring look at the world around us, shot with ultra-high-definition cameras that capture sweeping panoramas and extraordinary close-ups of Canada’s majestic terrain and diverse species. This is the largest natural history survey of Canada in our generation — filmed across the country, showing animal behaviour never before captured.

From the spectacle of massive humpback whales feeding off the coast of Newfoundland to ice-covered grizzly bears living near the Arctic Circle, to pronghorn antelope — the fastest hoofed animals on earth — racing across the prairies, the scope of this television series is unequalled. The stunning visuals are matched by a dramatic narrative, which tells the story of how humans have made their mark over millennia in often surprising ways. Unlike any nature documentary series before it, Wild Canada puts people back in the picture.

A truly massive endeavour, the Wild Canada team shot close to 500 hours of footage with almost 20 different cameras to capture the images that comprise the four-part series. Most images were composed in 4K resolution on the same RED Epic cameras used to shoot The Hobbit. Some sequences were shot at 10,000 frames per second to capture exquisite detail in slow-motion.”

Every Canadian needs to see this awe-inspiring documentary series.

Kyle Pearce

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