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A landscape inhabited by wildlife and people who have found an amazing variety of ways to survive. From polar bear cubs making their first discovery of ice to a caribou calf 'dancing' in the chilly spring air to eider ducks diving under the ice to find mussels, we witness the extremes and wonders of life far north.

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Common eider chicks
Belcher Islands, Nunavut
Sasha Mirozoeff
The 171 days camping in remote spots like at the floe edge near Pond Inlet, Baffin Island... ...were part of the 458 days the Wild Canada team spent shooting in the field.
Wild Canada team on location
Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Kieran O'Donovan
Wild Canada team on location
Rouyn-Norando, Quebec
Kieran O'Donovan

All to see some spectacular creatures – and scenery of the far north.

As the summer Arctic sea ice cover continues to shrink, killer whales are becoming the 'apex predator' in the eastern Arctic. More and more of them are moving in from Atlantic waters hunting marine mammals like belugas, narwhale and young bowhead whales. These 'ice-adapted' species are having to adjust their behaviour and movement to a whole new predator prowling the Arctic waters.

Cameraman Kieran O'Donovan endured near freezing temperatures at the floe edge in Nunavut to bring us shots of Arctic underwater life. Kieran O'Donovan
Near Pond Inlet, Nunavut
Kieran O'Donovan
He captured a mythic Arctic species – the narwhal. Unaccustomed to seeing humans under the water, the narwhal curiously frolicked alongside the camera.
Kieran O'Donovan
Another crew travelled to the wild northeastern coast of Quebec to watch Inuit hunters dig a hole through 3 metres of jumbled, broken ice, and then wait in the howling wind for the tide to go out under the ice.
Inuit hunters on location
Kangiqsujuaq, Québec
Justin Maguire
When the tide was at it's lowest point, the crew all scrambled under the ice to capture a remarkable scene... as the hunters harvested mussels from the seafloor.
Inuit hunters on location
Kangiqsujuaq, Québec
Justin Maguire

The Wild Canada team saw some of the remarkable ways Canada's Inuit have learned to survive for generations in one of the world's harshest environments.

"What impressed me most how much the connections with wider landscape and sea are still so strong for the Inuit. They were so positive, alert and alive when out camping. The atmosphere was remarkable."- Sasha Mirzoeff

The biggest thrill of all? Series director and cameraman Jeff Turner spent almost a month on board the icebreaker the Amundson, an ArcticNET research vessel, to capture scenes from the high north.

To learn about his trip on the Amundson,
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The Amundson
Jeff Turner
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