Anirniq – Breath

Brüdder Productions produced a new short movie, entitled Anirniq (Breath in Inuktitut) as a submission to a global competition called Parallel Lines. The rules of the competition are that that films can only 6 specific lines of dialogue, in sequence.  Shot in northern Baffin Island, the movie features gorgeous cinematography and a great interpretation of the dialogue.

New Jasper hiking guide comes with electronic trail data

Hiking Jasper trail guide

Hiking Jasper trail guide

Rob Bryce’s new Hiking Jasper and Robson is a hiking guide with a twist. It has descriptions of 70 trails in Jasper National Park and Mt. Robson Provincial Park, but, it also comes with a DVD that has GPS data for all 70 hikes on it, including elevation profiles, Google Earth map overviews, and tracks and waypoints that can easily be downloaded to a GPS. If you are a technophile, or like to carefully plan your hikes, this guide is for you.
The guide is available at  stores in Jasper, MEC in Alberta and BC, and soon some other stores in the region. Or it is available online at Canadian Rockies Books.

New Tourism Jasper video

Tourism Jasper just released a catchy new promo video. It describes the town and the park pretty well!


Sailing across the Atlantic

while looking for ways to cross the Atlantic, I came across the Star Clippers. They offer luxury trans-Atlantic cruises on tall ships. Now that is the way to get to Europe in style!


Travel overland in Europe

With the airline chaos in Europe, people are taking taxis from Norway to London (a mere $5,000!), or waiting at airports in the hope that the airspace will sometime soon. But if one has a bit more time, there are lots of good overland travel options.

There are still a lot of ferries in Europe. Lines such as DFDS Tor Line and Stena line operate a number of routes to and from Scandinavia and the UK.

Once on dry land, the trains are reliable, fast, and (generally) on  time.  And although not as well known, Eurolines operates express buses all over Europe.

“Europe without borders”

Travelling by sea to Europe

With the chaos that the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull has caused to the airline industry, people are forced to return to land and ocean travel. Even though most of the large scheduled ocean liners have vanished, there are still some great options!

It is possible to book a cabin on a freighter. It takes a bit longer, and is actually more expensive than flying, but at least it will get you to Europe. Check out Freighter travel on Wiki Travel for some information on options.

Since the airport in Reykjavik is still open, you could fly there with Iceland Air, take a tour to the now famous volcano while you are in nearby anyway, and then continue by ferry from Iceland to Denmark on the Norrøna.

Or, if you have cash to spare, you can board the luxurious Cunard Queen Mary 2 for a Trans-Atlantic trip of a lifetime! There are some cheaper alternative Trans Atlantic cruises too. Guaranteed to be more memorable than an 8 hour flight in Economy class (or a 5-day camp-out at an airport).

Lyrics for We are more

Shane Koyczan’s slam poem “We Are More“, which he performed at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Winter Olympics, has proven to be very successful. The Canadian Tourism Commission commissioned Shane to write the poem in 2007 as part of the launch of Canada’s new tourism brand. The poem he performed was a shortened version. The full version is even better; the lyrics are available online, along with more information about Shane.

Beaver bush planes

The iconic deHavilland Beaver bush plane is still flying all over the north, 62 years after it was first took to the air. Yet despite its iconic status, there are few good videos of this classic plane. Our film crew took the opportunity to take a Beaver into Nahanni National Park and shot some amazing air-to-air footage amongst some of the most beautiful backdrops in the country. Enjoy!

Vancouver timelapse

I love the endless possibilities of digital cameras, and timelapse photography is one great application. This timelapse video of Vancouver is an amazing example. Turn up your speakers and enjoy! it also happens to show off Vancouver at its best.

Sable Island

One of Canada’s most isolated islands is wind-swept Sable island, off the coast of Nova Scotia. It is famously difficult to visit the island, but I was surprised to read that there are in fact a few residents. And one of them, Zoe Lucas, even maintains a website with everything you ever wanted to know about Sable Island.

Adding this one to my list of must-goes in Canada.