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Series: A Park For All Seasons - Midwest & Arctic Regions

About this Series

  • Lessons: 6
  • Total Time: 2h 23m
  • Use: Watch Online & Download
  • Access Period: Unlimited
  • Created At: 04/25/2011
  • Last Updated At: 04/25/2011

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Midwest Prairies & Arctic Region - Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Nunavut and Northwest Territories

A Park For All Seasons will take viewers behind the scenes of Canada’s most spectacular National Parks. Learn the history, explore the diversity and soak in the beauty of some of the our planet’s most compelling natural playgrounds. Follow us to the most remote corners of the parks and uncover both the iconic and obscure. See how park authorities sustain several million acres of wilderness for adventure seekers.

Grasslands National Park - Saskatchewan
This park sits on Canada’s border between Saskatchewan and Montana. Two separate blocks, one east and one west, protect the North American mixed grass prairie - one of the most threatened ecosystems in North America. In an attempt to protect the land, and the endangered species that live here, Parks Canada is trying to stitch the landscape together by buying chunks of real estate from willing sellers. They are also using the ranchers that sold their estates back to the Park as rangers. It’s a unique treatment but it needs to work. The future of the park hinges on it.

Riding Mountain National Park - Manitoba
A constant friend to many Manitobans - more than 250,000 people visit the park every year. But the popularity poses a problem. How do you protect the landscape from the people and for the people at the same time? You can see this battle in the ecological balancing act that is Clear Lake, a crystalline pool that cannot be left to its own will. The battle is also felt in the debate over bovine tuberculosis in the deer and elk in the park. The disease is sometimes transferred to neighboring cattle herds. There are no easy answers when you have to protect nature and people at the same time.

Wapusk National Park - Manitoba
One of the world’s largest polar bear denning sites, Wapusk means “white bear” in the native Cree language. The park is a unique ecological zone bordering the arctic, hosting both tundra and coastal marine environments. This landscape provides habitat for over 250 species of birds as well as hyper-abundant snow geese colonies. Though wildlife seems to be growing, this evolution must be monitored. Parks Canada continues to watch over this landscape as it sits on the precarious border to the ever-changing Canadian north.

Quttinirpaaq National Park - Nunavut
This Park is quite literally on top of the world. Visitors here number in dozens annually, and some years not even that many make the trip. It is remote and beautiful. However, even in this pristine surrounding you can find the ugly footprint of humans. Bases for arctic exploration are littered with garbage, some of it toxic. The effects of climate change are felt in the melting polar cap and the 20 degree heat. To visit Quttinirpaaq National Park is to see the best and the worst this world has to offer.

Auyuittuq National Park - Nunavut
Above the Arctic Circle, in Canada’s far north sits Auyuittuq National Park. This remote wilderness is home to polar bears, massive glaciers and Mount Thor - one of the sharpest sheer drops to be found on the planet. ‘Auyuittuq’ means ‘The Land That Never Melts’ in Inuktitut, the language of the Inuit. However, research reports rising temperatures and this once frozen landscape is changing.

Nahanni National Park Reserve - Northwest Territories
Recently expanded to nearly six times its original size, Nahanni National Park now envelops the entire Nahanni River Watershed. The South Nahanni River rushes through the park providing scenic routes for visitors to immerse in this wilderness. Traveling down the river one comes across striking waterfalls, vast mountain peaks and canyons as well as natural hot springs. In the past there have been challenges with pollutants flowing from outside the park down the river. But, as the park area is now the third largest in Canada, the management of this immense and wild environment faces a whole new set of challenges.

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NTSC widescreen 16:9 - 142 Minutes

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Quittinirpaaq National Park
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