I Backpack Canada » Video http://ibackpackcanada.com A backpackers travel guide to Canada Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:58:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1 American’s Trying Canadian Snacks For First Timehttp://ibackpackcanada.com/americans-trying-canadian-snacks-for-first-time/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/americans-trying-canadian-snacks-for-first-time/#comments Sun, 11 Jan 2015 11:59:09 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=6793 It’s safe to say that Canada has some curious snacks and treats. From the sweet, the salty, to the eyebrow raising. American’s visiting Canada are often surprised that while we’re only a short drive away, that border is actually a gateway to a whole new world of food not available in America. The smart folks at Buzzfeed […]

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It’s safe to say that Canada has some curious snacks and treats. From the sweet, the salty, to the eyebrow raising. American’s visiting Canada are often surprised that while we’re only a short drive away, that border is actually a gateway to a whole new world of food not available in America. The smart folks at Buzzfeed Yellow managed to capture that experience. So without further ado, this is “American’s Trying Canadian Snacks for the first time”. Bon Appétit!

 

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Explore the Great Bear Rainforest in 4khttp://ibackpackcanada.com/explore-great-bear-rainforest-in-4k/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/explore-great-bear-rainforest-in-4k/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 02:52:56 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=6131 I recently came across my new favourite video on youtube. This awe-inspiring video of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest summarizes the beauty and pristine nature of this area. The Great Bear Rainforest spans 12,000 square miles (or 32,000 square km) of BC’s temperate rainforest. This part of Canada has been in the news quite a […]

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I recently came across my new favourite video on youtube. This awe-inspiring video of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest summarizes the beauty and pristine nature of this area. The Great Bear Rainforest spans 12,000 square miles (or 32,000 square km) of BC’s temperate rainforest. This part of Canada has been in the news quite a bit lately due to the Northern Gateway Pipelines Project. This project would expose this region to crude oil tanker traffic that would regularly pass through the narrow channels. Simply put, it’s not a matter of if an oil tanker were to spill, but when.

Devin Supertramp, the videographer behind this amazing video, managed to not only capture the wild expanse of this beautiful BC rainforest, but also some insanely awesome shots of the wildlife that call this part of Canada home.

Where is the Great Bear Rainforest?

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Visit the Polar Bear Capital of the World With Google Mapshttp://ibackpackcanada.com/visit-the-polar-bear-capital-of-the-world-with-google-maps/ http://ibackpackcanada.com/visit-the-polar-bear-capital-of-the-world-with-google-maps/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 04:26:29 +0000 http://ibackpackcanada.com/?p=6240 So the other day I found myself perusing some Canadian travel videos, and came across this little number. The folks at Google Maps visited Churchill, Manitoba, a favourite location of mine, and strapped their fancy camera’s to some of the rugged tundra explorer vehicles.  They captured some superb shots of the town, as well as some […]

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So the other day I found myself perusing some Canadian travel videos, and came across this little number. The folks at Google Maps visited Churchill, Manitoba, a favourite location of mine, and strapped their fancy camera’s to some of the rugged tundra explorer vehicles.  They captured some superb shots of the town, as well as some great video of polar bears. I was completely surprised that I hadn’t come across this yet. Perhaps I was on the road when this thing went out to the masses, or maybe I can blame it on me just living under a rock for the last couple of years hammering away at work. Either way, it’s worth showing to anyone keen on seeing polar bears in Canada.

Churchill is accessible by air or train (VIA Rail). I’d highly recommend the train ride from Winnipeg, through northern Saskatchewan and onwards to Churchill, Manitoba. It’s a 2 day trip, but a totally unique Canadian experience. Check out Frontiers North Adventures for tours in and around Churchill, and I can’t recommend Churchill Tundra House Hostel enough to keep costs down while you’re visiting.

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Curious Mysteries at The Winnipeg Legislative Buildinghttp://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 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. […]

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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.

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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 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 […]

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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 Directorshttp://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 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 […]

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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!

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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!

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Update: View the Finished Video!

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Sunday Canadian Travel Video: Muskoka Ontario Timelapsehttp://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 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 […]

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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: Halifaxhttp://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 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 […]

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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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