Are you a subscriber to Canadian Geographic and only watch Discovery, Explora or National Geographic? You eat documentaries about wildlife, nature, and animals and never miss a report from the Radio-Canada program.
Friends of nature, this post is for you
The NFB’s collection is full of exotic exploration films at the heart of nature and Canadian Wildlife. To please you, I have assembled some of these animal documentaries, which present us the lives of caribou, wolves, walruses, polar bears, in addition to those of whooping cranes, muskoxen and right whales.
Caribou of the tundra
Filmed on the tundra and in the taiga, this documentary introduces us to the way caribou feed themselves, their adaptation to the harsh climate, their ability to swim, the ritual battles of the mating season, as well as the research of Canadian scientists to ensure their growth. Presented by the Canadian Wildlife Service, the film opens with a newborn caribou. The fawn quickly learns to follow his mother and her flock and to graze the lichen. Anything to please us!
Impossible to miss this documentary by Pierre Perrault. The master of direct cinema planted his camera for 120 days a few kilometers from the North Pole, in the lane use Valley of the Land of Ellesmere. Patiently, he waited for the inevitable confrontation between two rivals looking for the same territory: two muskoxen who will finally enter into the struggle at dusk. They roar, they load, they tangle their horns, they repel, and they load again. Until the victor calmly takes possession of his flock.
Canada’s Far North wildlife
Fascinated by the North Pole? This 1959 documentary explores flora and fauna of the Queen Elizabeth Islands. By discovering the abundant animal life and the abundant flowering of the place, one can only be amazed at the beauties of this region where nothing seems to be able to survive eight months of intense Frost.
The end of a myth
This animal documentary explores the history of the Canadian Wolf and links it with that of other species, victims also of human beings and their technology. Shot by Bill Mason, a director with a steadfast love for wildlife, this film penetrates the heart of the Domaine du loup. It also describes the role that this predator plays in the ecological set and also tackles the myth of its greed.
This great white bird
This animal doc is dedicated to the Whooping Crane, the largest and, according to many, the most beautiful bird in North America. It is also the rarest. Today, despite nearly 40 years of protecting it, an epidemic or natural disaster could make it disappear entirely.
Ice and life
This short documentary explores the nature of Arctic ice fields and their importance to life in the Far North. Unique underwater images allow us to penetrate the magical universe hidden by the polar ice cap, while micro and macro photography give us the state of the ice crystals that govern an incredibly complex ecosystem.
In search of the right whale
Winner of a dozen international awards, this documentary by Bill Mason was shot in northern waters in 1974 and follows an expedition of scientists studying the physical and behavioral characteristics of right whales, threatened with extinction. But be careful: sensitive hearts abstain! A bloody hunting scene at the beginning of the film doesn’t leave much to the imagination, fortunately, the film also features magnificent images of seals, walruses, and polar bears.
The odyssey of the Great American bison
A documentary about the American bison and their efforts to survive. The mores of these large wild Bovidae, as well as the factors explaining their decimation such as disease, slaughter, and movement, are presented. From a series commemorating the centennial of Canada’s national parks, this film shows us the role of protecting this endangered species.