Visions of Canada on WXXI-TV
Visions of Canada on WXXI-TV
Sat, 03/06/2010 - 5:30pm
VISIONS OF CANADA highlights the world’s second-largest country, which spans six time zones, to showcase our northern neighbor’s diverse natural beauty and vibrant cities.
For more than a decade, the VISIONS® series has been taking television audiences to the world’s top destinations as no tour could. VISIONS OF CANADA, the 24th program in the popular series, celebrates the best that our northern neighbors have to offer, traveling east to west from the Atlantic Maritime Provinces to British Columbia. Following the February 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, VISIONS OF CANADA airs Saturday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011/cable11).
“Since we began the VISIONS series in 1997, we have taken our viewers to some of the most interesting destinations in Europe, the Mediterranean and the Middle East for vicarious vacations,” says executive producer Roy A Hammond. “With Canada, we shot some of the most stunning images yet in the series — and right in our own backyard.”
VISIONS OF CANADA highlights of the world’s second-largest country, which spans six time zones, to showcase Canada’s diverse natural beauty and vibrant cities. Stunning high-definition aerial and ground footage, paired with music and informative narration, gives rich historical context to dramatic land and seascapes.
From wine country to the Hockey Hall of Fame, from the abstract beauty of the “earth paintings” formed by low tide on the Bay of Fundy to the height of commerce along the St. Lawrence River, VISIONS OF CANADA reveals a country of amazing contrasts that form a cultural and geographic mosaic. French, English, Irish and Scottish roots meet Vancouver’s flourishing Chinatown. Palm trees and snow-capped mountains share a common landmass. East meets west, old meets new, tradition engages innovation and a proud past comes face to face with an exciting future. And to get closer to Niagara Falls, you’d have to be in a barrel.
VISIONS OF CANADA begins in the east in the Maritime Provinces as the original Viking explorers might have. As the helicopter-mounted camera soars over Nova Scotia, it’s hard to imagine that such transcendent beauty was ever the site of decades of conflict, evidenced today only in the English and French names of places like Charlottetown (for King George’s wife), Halifax (an English lord) or Cape Breton (Brittany’s namesake).
VISIONS offers a new and unique perspective on some of Canada’s most famous locations, giving a taste of the history behind the Thousand Islands, plunging into the raging waters of Horseshoe Falls and more. A viewer can almost feel the cobblestones on the streets of Quebec City and the creative buzz of cosmopolitan Montreal, and then head west to experience the riches of the national capital, Ottawa, generally considered Canada’s best kept secret.
Continuing westward, VISIONS OF CANADA looks for shipwrecks in Fathom Five Marine National Park, combs the beach at Lake Huron during the height of Canadian summer in Ontario and picks up the pulse of the modern metropolis, Toronto, home of the CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in North America.
Moving across central Canada, the camera sweeps over the sea of grass that is the vast prairie, climbs high into the Rockies where only professional climbers venture, provides the quickest route to the top of the 621-foot Calgary Tower, teases the tranquil turquoise waters of Lake Louise and joins the ancient spirits above the Pacific Rim to see the world as it appears nowhere else.
After a journey of stirring beauty from east to west, the end of the continent at British Columbia can seem like the end of the world. But before the sun sets, VISIONS OF CANADA tours Vancouver Harbor, the blue jewel in the green mountain setting discovered by Captain George Vancouver in the late 1700s — and then ends its journey in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
VISIONS OF CANADA joins previous VISIONS programs, which include tours of Italy, Greece, Puerto Rico, France and Israel.