You all know how I feel about Canada, right?
You can imagine then, that I was a little bit giddy when I discovered that a new Ray Mears series called Northern Wilderness was starting last Sunday on the BBC, and it's all about the vast Canadian wilderness. The first episode rocked - among other things Ray showed how to make a shelter from fallen branches, how the beavers make their incredible homes and why they are so integral, and the footage was just spectacular.
Coming episodes will be looking at the ways of the Inuit, and further exploring the forests by canoe and snowshoe. I can't wait!
If you don't know about Ray Mears, click here to find out more about him, he's a pretty amazing guy whose life work is all about bushcraft and bush survival. One of his previous series which I now have on DVD is called Wild Food , taking viewers into various wilderness regions and teaching about various indigenous food and cooking techniques. It's inspiring to say the very least, although it's a sad reminder of how much knowledge we have lost.
The photos above are gathered from my personal album, taken during my trips to the West Coast of Canada over the past few years. I hope to go back one day soon. For now, I will be content watching Ray's journey through the northern wilderness every Sunday night. I hope you get to see it too.