It's one of the last bastions of Canadian wilderness: the Great Bear Rainforest, on BC's north and central Pacific coast. Home to diverse marine mammals, fish, and wildlife - from Orca and humpback whales to wild salmon, wolves, grizzlies, and the legendary spirit bear - this spectacular place is now threatened by a proposal from Enbridge to bring an oil pipeline and supertankers to this fragile and rugged coast.
The plan is to pump over half a million barrels a day of unrefined bitumen from the Alberta Tar Sands over the Rockies, through the heartland of BC - crossing a thousand rivers and streams in the process - to the Port of Kitimat, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest. From there, supertankers would ply the rough and dangerous waters of the BC coast en route to Asia and the United States. Dubbed the Northern Gateway Pipeline, the project is of concern for three main reasons: 1. It would facilitate the expansion of the Tar Sands, hooking emerging Asian economies on the world's dirtiest oil; 2. the risks from the pipeline itself; 3. the danger of introducing oil supertankers for the first time to this part of the BC coast.
Now a growing coalition of First Nations, conservation groups, and concerned citizens from Canada and around the world is banding together to say no the Enbridge project, in what is shaping up to be the defining Canadian environmental battle of our time. Produced by Canadian filmmaker Damien Gillis for Pacific Wild, This 16 min short documentary - featuring stunning images from the Great Bear Rainforest - provides a summary of the key issues involved in this battle over the pipeline, tankers, and Canada's Pacific coast.
Learn about how to support Pacific Wild's conservation work. pacificwild.org
High in the Canadian Arctic, 5 friends venture to the frozen fjords of North West Baffin Island during spring time. Ancient and colossal, these branching hallways of rock are the domain of seals and polar bears, and relied upon by local Inuit hunters. For visiting skiers, the fjords are nothing short of a dream. In every direction, giant couloirs ascend thousands of feet above the sea ice, weaving in between some of the tallest and cliffs on the planet. Baffin Island: A Skier's Journey EP2 [Season 2] is a step through these magical spaces.
Rope Access Tech: Marcus Waring
Many, many thanks to:
Natalie Smith & Crystal Dare
Leslie & Thomas (our Inuit guides)
Dr. Sheri Gearheard
Dr. Jason Briner
Black Diamond Equipment
Sam Mcdonald at Surefoot Whistler
"Introduction" by Sainkho Namtchylak
"Tategak" by Tanya Tagak
"Her Voice" by NEO Sounds LLC
"Sicrets of Life" by NEO Sounds LLC
"Keep the Streets Empty for Me" by Fever Ray
"Fox - Tiriganiak" by Tanya Tagak
From the rolling orchards and dykelands of the Annapolis Valley to the mountains of the Cabot Trail, to the glacial boulders of Peggy’s Cove and the geological formations of the Bay of Fundy, from the warm sands of the Northumberland Strait to the rugged shores of the Lighthouse Route – this is a hiking, cycling, paddling, sailing and just plain playing paradise.
Step dance. Smell the sweetgrass. Try the rappie pie. Follow your family’s footsteps to freedom. The Nova Scotian culture is a quirky character with Acadian, Mi’kmaq, Scottish and African Nova Scotian foundations; a passion for the past; and an unparalleled love of a good kitchen party. From the spectacle of an Antigonish Highland Games to simple storytelling around a sacred fire to searching out your family tree in small town archives, there are endless ways to experience your own personal Nova Scotia.