Western Canada Far & Wild
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EXPLORE ITS FARTHEST REACHES
From the ice-choked waters of Hudson Bay to the wildest coasts of the Queen Charlotte Islands, from the peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the canyons of the Nahanni River, from blooming alpine meadows to sun-drenched prairie grasslands.
DISCOVER ITS WILD CREATURES
From kayaking with beluga whales to a close encounter with a grizzly bear, from thousands of migrating caribou to the underwater ballet of northern sea lions, from the majestic flight of trumpeter swans to the challenging bugles of bull elk.
EXPERIENCE ITS CULTURAL HERITAGE
From the wild excitement of the Calgary Stampede to the ceremonial splendor of the RCMP musical ride, from the color and spectacle of the Kamloopa Pow Wow to the historical elegance of the grand railway hotels.
VISIT ITS CITYSCAPES AND TOURIST MECCAS
From the old world charm of Victoria to the world class city of Vancouver, from provincial capitals to the World''s Dinosaur Capital, from the floral finery of the Butchart Gardens to the largest of them all, the West Edmonton Mall.
FROM THE PRAIRIES TO THE PACIFIC. TAKE THE JOURNEY OF A LIFETIME UNDER THE BIG WESTERN SKY!
Here’s what they’re saying about "Western Canada - Far and Wild"
By John P. Wilson and Denice L. Wilkins
Segments have been seen on the U.S. Discovery Channel and Canadian Networks and Television Worldwide.
BOOKLIST May 1, 2003
This lovely program captures western Canada''s urban and natural landscapes so enticingly it is difficult to select favorites. Beautiful wildlife footage abounds (pelicans, caribou, elk, sheep, sea lions) as naturalist-filmmakers Denice Wilkins and John Wilson take side trips out of Winnipeg and connect with beluga whales in Churchill. As well, they witness the Kamloopa Pow Wow and the Calgary Stampede amid visits to scenic Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper. Great Railway Hotels, the huge shopping mall in Edmonton, the Northwest Territories, and British Columbia are among other destinations. With a deep concern for the environment, this wondrous program ends in a diver''s paradise, Gwaii Haanas National Park. Intrepid travelers may also want to check the filmmakers'' earlier South African Safari (1999). - - Nancy McCray,
LIBRARY JOURNAL May 15, 2003
This travel/nature documentary by adventurers John Wilson and Denice Wilkins promotes the vast scenic wonderland of Western Canada. Highlighted are some of the best tourist attractions from the capital cities in the four western provinces, including the symbolic RCMP Musical Ride, the Calgary Stampede, Royal Tyrrell Museum, West Edmonton Mall, Banff National Park, Columbia Ice Field, Vancouver’s Stanley park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Nahanni National Park in the Yukon, and the grand railroad hotels. The national parks, grasslands topography, wildflower species, and natural wildlife environments of beluga whales, elk, and bald eagles are featured. The enthusiasm of the narrator is clear, and the welcoming scenes will entice visitors. Suited for general audiences, recommended for public libraries. - - Ada Con, Terry Fox Lib., Port Coquitlam, BC
VIDEO LIBRARIAN July-August 2003
Although parts of Western Canada offer vistas where, according to filmmakers John Wilson and Denice Wilkins, “you can watch your dog run away…for three days,” much of the topography is suitable for adventures “far and wild” - ranging from kayaking to mountain climbing - as well as visits to world-renowned festivals and famous gardens. Wilson, an award-winning wildlife cinematographer, and Wilkins, an environmentalist and naturalist, are the amiable hosts of this beautifully shot excursion that takes viewers form Winnipeg, Manitoba, across Saskatchewan and Alberta, to the Queen Charlotte Islands off the coast of British Columbia.