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Go on an extraordinary journey from the spectacle of humpback whales feeding on capelin off Newfoundland to the world's largest intact temperate rainforest in British Columbia that is home to the rare 'white' black bear. Acrobatic flying squirrels and thousands of mating red-sided garter snakes are just some of the incredible array of wildlife we see.

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Red-sided garter snakes
Narcisse, Manitoba
Justin Maguire
The Wild Canada series was three years in the making... ...and the crews traveled to 57 different locations.
Deer
Ojibway Park, Windsor Ontario
Amanda McNaughton
First Peoples
Squamish, British Columbia
Amanda McNaughton
Jeff Turner and his team sat in BC's old growth temperate rainforests for days learning about the habits of the local wildlife.

Finally ready to film, they used a cable dolly suspended across a forest clearing and over a river so that we could get a closer shot.
Crew on location
Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park, British Columbia
Kieran O'Donovan

Here's what they captured.

Kermode bear: Also known as 'spirit bear.' These bears live on the central coast of B.C. They are a rare colour phase of black bears. It's believed that their white colour makes it easier for them to hunt salmon during the day.

A live fox snake – and specialist handler - were brought in to set up the perfect shot to recreate a scene of First Nations controlled burn of an Oak Savannah hardwood forest in Eastern Canada. Of course, the team wasn't permitted to burn the forest down, so the illusion of fire was created with help from a smoke machine.
Traditional forest burning
Ojibway Park Windsor Ontario
Amanda McNaughton
Traditional forest burning
Ojibway Park Windsor Ontario
Amanda McNaughton
Wild Canada Cinematographer Justin Maguire and stills photographer Kieran O'Donovan spent weeks in northern Manitoba waiting for a mother polar bear and her two cubs to emerge from their den for the first time. And at night, outside at -30C capturing the magnificent aurora borealis.
Polar bears
Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Kieran O'Donovan
Crew filming Aurora Borealis
Wapusk National Park, Manitoba
Kieran O'Donovan
And sometimes wildlife photography is about waiting patiently for the right circumstances: when weather and wildlife come together for the perfect scene.

Cameraman Justin Maguire captured spectacular footage of a colony of 24,000 Northern gannets in Cape St. Mary's Newfoundland. They come to breed and raise their young and to feast on the annual capelin migration.
Filming Northern Gannets
Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland
Kieran O'Donovan

And from the sea, humpback whales gather for the same reason - to feed on the abundant capelin. Follow underwater cameraman Didier Noirot and the Wild Canada team as they film humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland.

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Underwater cameraman
Cape St. Mary's, Newfoundland
Kieran O'Donovan
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