I Backpack Canada » Video http://ibackpackcanada.com A backpackers travel guide to Canada Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:43:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Curious Mysteries at The Winnipeg Legislative Building http://ibackpackcanada.com/curious-mysteries-winnipeg-legislative-building/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/curious-mysteries-winnipeg-legislative-building/#comments Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:06:03 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=5628 Curious Mysteries at The Winnipeg Legislative Building is a post from: I Backpack Canada

Dan Browns famous novel “The Da Vinci Code” mixes history, mystery, and a curious plot that keeps pages turning. Whether you love it or hate it, I personally remember putting that book down several times while reading it and thinking “Woah, it all makes sense!“. That feeling of “what the…” is hard to come by. Sometimes it shows up in a book, a movie, a well written blog post, but rarely does it happen in real life. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to experience this feeling out in the wild. Found right under your nose in downtown Winnipeg, the local Legislative Building has a strange history that has to be seen in order to fully believe.

Sphinx on Winnipeg Legislative

The Hermetic Code Tours

Dr. Frank Albo takes you on a tour through this historic landmark explaining such mysteries as “What the heck is a sphinx doing on top of a building in the middle of the prairies?“, “What’s with all of the freemason imagery, and what does it all mean?” and “How come all of this in Manitoba?“. This hour & a half tour through an architectural wonder is a breathtaking experience. A curiosity that makes you question history in Canada, and the prominence in Freemasons as late as the 1930′s.

Dome Ceiling
I would love to share more about this unique experience and tell you all of it’s wonders, but the delivery of this incredible information is best seen on the tours, surrounding by marble floors & stunning art & with the superb narration of Dr. Frank Albo. In short, you’re going to see some mind boggling things, hear some crazy stories, and be presented with answers to some mysteries you never knew existed.

Special thanks to Tourism Manitoba for blowing my mind by putting me on this tour.  

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Cross-Canada Blogger Tour: Counting down to TIFF & POP Montreal! http://ibackpackcanada.com/cross-canada-blogger-tour-counting-down-to-tiff-pop-montreal/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/cross-canada-blogger-tour-counting-down-to-tiff-pop-montreal/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:15:11 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=5253 Cross-Canada Blogger Tour: Counting down to TIFF & POP Montreal! is a post from: I Backpack Canada

If you’ve been following along on Twitter or Facebook, you may be aware of the fact that I’ve been invited by the Canadian Tourism Commission to check out the Toronto International Film Festival & POP Montreal, between September 15th & 20th! This is part of a huge campaign to bring travel bloggers from around the world to see & experience some of the unique things to see and do in Canada. There’s 19 travel bloggers in total that are being sent to almost every corner of Canada to see what makes Canada so awesome!

My Intro Video!

It’s pretty rare that I’ll ever jump in front of the camera, but I’m so excited for this opportunity to work with the CTC, and was encouraged by their social media team to just be myself and tell the world what I’ll be doing. Unfortunately for the internet, being myself includes being a bit of a scatterbrain with a extra dash of quirky and weird. Shortly after posting this video to youtube, one commenter informed me that I look a lot like Wil Wheaton. Personally I don’t see it, but there’s worse people to look alike. Who knows, maybe it’ll open up a few extra doors when I get to the Toronto International Film Festival. Ha!

What’s the Game Plan?

It’s going to be a busy week! I’ll be traveling with 4 other bloggers / online writers, exploring Toronto & Montreal. We’ll be landing in Toronto first to catch one of Canada’s most exciting events, the Toronto International Film Festival. After bumping shoulders with some of the worlds greatest filmmakers, we’ll be jumping on VIA Rail and heading to Montreal to catch POP Montreal, one of Quebec’s most popular fall events. POP Montreal includes symposium discussions, art exhibits, fashion shows, movie screenings, countless performances, and of course, a few all-night parties.

I’m crazy excited to take part in this huge travel blogger tour, and hope you’ll follow along. If you’ve ever been to TIFF or POP Montreal, I’d love to hear what I should expect? Any tips? Suggestions? Send me out a tweet @ibackpackcanada or follow my updates on Facebook or Instagram! Also be sure to check out the Keep Exploring Tumblr page, which will be syndicating the whole project!

Check Out Canada Keep Exploring!

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Capture Your Canada & Win Big with 35 Million Directors http://ibackpackcanada.com/capture-your-canada-win-big-with-35-million-directors/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/capture-your-canada-win-big-with-35-million-directors/#comments Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:55:44 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=5216 Capture Your Canada & Win Big with 35 Million Directors is a post from: I Backpack Canada

Every day Canadians are doing ridiculously fun things and capturing it on video, be it their iPhone, their Blackberries, their GoPro’s, or their DSLR’s. But what becomes of that footage? For most, it sits on their computer, gathering pixel-dust, waiting to be used for something. Most forget about it and move on. The folks at the Canadian Tourism Commission have this incredible new contest out for everyday Canadians that never leave home without their cameras. Brush that dust off those video files, you’ve got uploading to do!


Introducing 35 Million Directors!

35 Million Directors is the new online campaign by The Canadian Tourism Commission. They plan on creating the ultimate video to inspire people from all over the world to visit Canada. They’ll be using the best footage that gets uploaded to 35 Million Directors and making an inspirational “Visit Canada Because It’s Awesome!” type of video that will be shared across the world. By submitting your own video or photography you’ll be entered to win some incredible prizes, including video gear, and a dream trip for you and a friend (valued at $10,000!). If your footage gets used in their video they’re also handing over $500 per clip!

If that doesn’t make you want to get out there & start recording I don’t know what will! Best of luck!

Submit to 35 Million Directors!



Update: View the Finished Video!

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Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Muskoka Ontario Timelapse http://ibackpackcanada.com/sunday-canadian-travel-video-muskoka-ontario-timelapse/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/sunday-canadian-travel-video-muskoka-ontario-timelapse/#comments Sun, 24 Jun 2012 13:39:43 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4642 Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Muskoka Ontario Timelapse is a post from: I Backpack Canada

Queue an epic track by Sigor Ros, throw in some dramatic sunsets, moving time-lapses and one of Canada’s most serene regions, and you have one of my favourite Sunday Canadian Travel Video’s yet. Created by the incredibly talented MILapse, this video will blow the socks off you.

Muskoka, Ontario boasts over 1,600 lakes, and some of Canada’s best camping. With views like this, it’s hard not to drop what you’re doing and go for it.

For more timelapses and crazy neat videos check out MILapse on Vimeo and Youtube.

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Cross Canada Video Tour: Halifax http://ibackpackcanada.com/cross-canada-video-tour-halifax/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/cross-canada-video-tour-halifax/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 14:06:11 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4646 Cross Canada Video Tour: Halifax is a post from: I Backpack Canada

Filming has always intrigued me. There’s some superb travel bloggers and travel vloggers out there shooting their travels, and coming back with some incredible footage. Kinda makes me wonder, if a picture is worth a thousand words, what’s the going rate for video? Unfortunately, video has never really been something I’ve put a lot of time and effort into. Not because I didn’t want to, or because I didn’t have the skills. Part of my problem is that a) I got a case of the camera shy’s and b) I tend to break every video camera I’ve ever purchased. My last decent video camera died in a freak sandboarding accident; however, you can see the footage I was able to get before it met it’s maker (canon I believe).

All that is about to change though! With the recent purchase of my Canon 60d (which by the way, shoots beautiful video!), I was finally able to start filming again! You still might not catch me in a ton of video, and while part of that is because I’m still a bit shy, I also think I can let the destination speak for itself. My game plan is to do up a little video for each city I visit over the summer.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

My first finished travel video is on one of my favourite cities in Canada, and a place I was calling home for the last few years. The beautiful east coast metropolitan city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Spring litterally sprung last week, and I took the opportunity to spend my long weekend filming out and about in downtown Halifax. I feel like I managed to do it justice, and even managed to include some of my favourite restaurantes in town. I wanted to play up the “artsy” side of travel, and really showcase the people and the general demeanor of life in Halifax. I think using some of these “vintage” techniques adds a bit of personality to the shots and kind of forces you to admire the subtle details of Halifax.

I primarily used my vintage 55mm F1.8 Super-Takumar lens for most of the video, mainly because of the unique light leaks it’s able to grab, but also because of it’s large depth of field. There’s a few shots in there that were done with my Canon 18-200mm F3.5 – 5.6 on; but only if the scene required it. I was really trying to play up the warm tints and beautiful colours I so frequently see on sunny days in Halifax, so I was always trying to shoot into the light in the late afternoon / early evening, right around sunset. The lens blurs and tilt-shift type effects were all done by hand by Free Lensing my Super-Takumar. The only post work I added was some color grading using the Technicolor Cinestyle S-curve.

I’m hoping next time around I can keep my hands a little more steady, and will probably have to dial down the focus fun. Still have lots to learn!


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The Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Across Canada in 2 Minutes http://ibackpackcanada.com/canadian-travel-video-across-canada-in-2-minutes/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/canadian-travel-video-across-canada-in-2-minutes/#comments Sun, 20 May 2012 14:52:36 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4603 The Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Across Canada in 2 Minutes is a post from: I Backpack Canada

We’ve all had that weird feeling before, you know the one I’m talking about. You arrive at this new destination that you’ve been talking about for months, maybe even years. It could be a museum, a landmark, or a scenic drive. Then you see it. Chain stores, chain restaurantes, chain hotels, it’s like you can’t get away from them. Here you are at this amazing destination and those Golden Arches are sneaking into your photo, making you feel cheap, used, and possibly even making your whole trip feel “less authentic”.

Fact of the matter is, it’s hard to get away from the Chains. In Canada, you’ll come across them more often than I’d like to admit. But should you choose so, you don’t have to give them your hard earned money. There’s enough local gas stations, restaurantes, hotels, and stores to shake a stick at, it just requires a bit of planning.

Reb Stevenson recently tried this on for herself, cleverly titled “The Retro Roadtrip”. She documented nearly the entire series in little webisodes, and compiled the whole trip down to a 2 minute cross Canada video. Have a watch, and get inspired to try new things, local things, non-chain things. Looks like it was worth it! Be sure to check out Reb’s Retro Road Trip adventures!

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12 Inspiring Tourism Videos on Canada http://ibackpackcanada.com/12-inspiring-tourism-videos-on-canada/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/12-inspiring-tourism-videos-on-canada/#comments Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:02:15 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4500 12 Inspiring Tourism Videos on Canada is a post from: I Backpack Canada

The other day I came across Travel Alberta’s incredible award-winning (Remember to Breathe) tourism video, which somehow or another brought me to browsing the videos of every provincial & territorial tourism board. It’s great to see how much thought and passion goes into each of these videos, and what better way to explore a location virtually then through the use of video. I thought it would be a great idea to do a quick Canada fly-by and check out each corner of the country from the comfort of your computer (or phone). While there are several videos that stand out amongst the pack, they each are worthy of your attention. Who knows, you might feel inspired to visit somewhere you’ve never even considered!

British Columbia

Starting in the west coast of Canada, this video shows the British Columbia lifestyle that many have come to know and love. Outdoor adventure, peaceful vistas, a mix of city life with mountain trekking and a clear love affair with water activities. This video makes visiting BC seem like something you need to do this summer!

Visit Tourism British Columbia’s Youtube Page!


Travel Alberta recently won the award for best tourism video in the world and received the equivalent of the tourism industry’s “Oscar” award at the International Tourism Fair in Berlin. With over 1 million views it’s clear to see why this video is so captivating. The slow-mo shots with beautiful panoramic shots of nature, adventure, and happy people make this one of my favourite’s of the bunch. Congrats to the folks at Travel Alberta and their talented branding team who managed to catch these one of a kind shots of this beautiful province.

Visit Travel Alberta’s Youtube Page!


Saskatchewan’s video does a great job of showcasing the adventure that can be had in my home province. The fun song mixed with the fast shots make this an exciting and quick video that helps sell the prairies as more than just a drive-thru province. Stop, get off the highway, and see for yourself the beauty this place.

Visit Tourism Saskatchewan’s Youtube Page!


I had a tough time deciding which video of Manitoba’s to put up, as their newest video campaigns are short 15 second spots, which I felt seemed unfair to use, as most of the other provinces videos play for a couple minutes. So I dug through their older videos and found one that I was fond of. Manitoba is a beautiful province rich with history and wildlife. Did I mention they’re home to the Polar Bear capitol of Canada!?

Visit Travel Manitoba’s Youtube Page!


Ontario! It rolls of your tongue in an addictive way. Ontario is such a massive province, their videos cover everything from city architecture to the nature & beauty of Algonquin, to the romantic allure of the Distillery District. The Distillery Disctrict is easily one of my favourite spots in Toronto, which is why I chose to use this video. However, be sure to check out some of their other videos to see what fall is like in Algonquin Park.

Visit Travel Ontario’s Youtube Page!


Quebec Tourism’s video on Mont Tremblant makes me want to skip summer all together and find a group of friends to explore every inch of this small mountain village. They managed to capture emotions that are universal in French and English. A beautifully shot video the reminds us anglophones to stop being scared of not speaking their language and just dive in. The french-Canadians are friendly, their food is breath-taking, and the province of Quebec has weeks worth of activities to keep you busy!

Visit Tourisme Quebec’s Youtube Page!

New Brunswick

I read once that in the early days of Canada New Brunswick was the place to visit. Several American presidents even had cottages in these parts. While it’s still quite popular, it can often be overlooked by it’s neighbours to the west and east. Fact is, they have some mind-blowing geological formations worth checking out. The largest tide in the world is just one of the many reasons to stop by this beautiful seaside province.

Visit Tourism New Brunswick’s Youtube Page!

Nova Scotia

I had a tough time choosing whether to embed this video, or the one with the fiddle playing in the background. While I went with the former, I feel like it’s worth mentioning you should check out their Youtube page to see the other. This video showcases Nova Scotia as more than just an old city to walk around. There’s adventure, outdoors, heart-pumping activity, and relaxing ocean sunsets to top it all off. Of course, history seeps in at almost every turn as well. I think Nova Scotia Tourism did a great job of promoting the many sides of Nova Scotia.

Visit Nova Scotia Tourism’s Youtube Page!


Big thanks to Alouise for pointing out in the comments the fact that I missed PEI (woops!). Kind of a big screw up on my part, especially considering how big of a year it was for PEI tourism, what with Regis & Kelly and the whole Royal Wedding stuff going on. I managed to find an aerial video that showcases the entire island with scenic panoramas and jaw dropping shorelines. Check it out!

Visit PEI Tourism’s Youtube Page!

Newfoundland & Labrador

If there’s a video you may have seen amongst these, the Newfoundland & Labrador is likely it. They’ve become famous across Canada for dropping the jaws of people from all over the world with their beautiful colours, high contrasting light, and the way that each of these videos tells a story. I particularly like this one, not only for it’s beauty, but for it’s tagline. See for yourself!

Visit Newfoundland & Labrador’s Youtube Page!

Yukon Territories

The Yukon! I picture this territory as a wild outdoor adventure, steeped in folklore, arts, saluting an era when men moved mountains in search of riches. Their video, which while a bit lengthy, captures many of these feelings. I look forward to visiting this northern territory of Canada this May, and hope to see some of what’s showcased in this video.

Visit Travel Yukon’s Youtube Page!

Northwest Territories

The Northwest Territories have always held a romantic allure to me. Their video managed to reignite that drive and need to visit this northern getaway. This video covers the beauty and outdoor adventures that can be had in this massive area of Canada. With some of the most surreal night skies and outdoor adventures, they’re going to have a tough time keeping me from checking the NWT out!

Visit SpectacularNWT’s Youtube Page!


I remember when Nunavut became an official territory, I would have been in grade 4 I believe. We spent several days discussing the cultural differences between our people and theirs, learning about some of their customs and beliefs. I had never been so fascinated by a culture in Canada. Their video showcases some of these cultural aspects, and reminds me that I need to find a way up north to experience this for myself.

 Visit Nunavut Tourism’s Youtube Page!

The tourism video’s you saw here were produced in order to bring you to their province, but I can’t help but feel that when seeing them all together like this that you feel a sense of unity amongst them. Each province wants you to be healthy. Each province wants you to find your own slice of nirvana in the great outdoors.Each province wants you to experience something new and life changing. One of my favourite taglines from these videos was from Yukon’s video. “It can be hard finding yourself, fortunately, we have a lot of places to look.

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Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Toronto Tempo http://ibackpackcanada.com/sunday-canadian-travel-video-toronto-tempo/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/sunday-canadian-travel-video-toronto-tempo/#comments Sun, 01 Apr 2012 23:21:57 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=4406 Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Toronto Tempo is a post from: I Backpack Canada

Now that I’ve got this fancy new design up and running, I’m urking to test out some of the new features. Including the large video slider up top. This Sundays “Canadian Travel Video” is a video that went viral a while back, but I have to assume there’s still some people who haven’t seen it. So I want it to be the first video I feature on the new layout.

‘Toronto Tempo’ by Ryan Emond

Toronto Tempo was created by Ryan Emond, a Toronto based photographer, videographer, and visual artist. His time lapses are some of my favourite I’ve ever come across. Ryan was able to capture the city of Toronto perfectly. Anytime I’m lacking creativity, I jump into one of his time lapses and am immediately transported into another city, but in an alternate universe where the world speeds by. If this video doesn’t want to make you take in Toronto, you’re out of your mind.

Check out some of Ryan Emonds other work:

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