inspiration: Ray Mears’ Northern Wilderness…
Posted in canada, nature, pia's photos October 30th, 2009 by pia


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,Β  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.

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  1. if jane says

    i love that you have a fondness for canada…;)

    October 30th, 2009 | #

  2. Tara says

    Hmm, I suddenly feel quite grateful for being a Canadian although I am quite jealous of my sister who is living along a canal in Amsterdam πŸ˜‰ So happy we will be visiting her this year for an Amsterdam Christmas.

    Please tell me, dear Pia, how you get your pictures to all look so dreamy. Is this done in Photoshop? My digital camera is much too perfect and crisp for my liking.

    I adore your blog.

    October 31st, 2009 | #

  3. Pragya says

    Its so serene!! I haven’t been to Canada.. and now I want to!!

    October 31st, 2009 | #

  4. gwen says

    it really is Vast over here.. it is a wonder we never get lost.. haha.. and trees… there is no end of them..

    so pleased you have visited our country!!

    November 3rd, 2009 | #

  5. Ariella says

    So cool that you learned about making a shelter. My sister went on a special State sponsored 4 day program (in Texas) where they teach women outdoor skills. She learned how to build a shelter from fallen branches, as well as archery, fly fishing, and a few other things that I can’t remember.

    November 4th, 2009 | #

  6. adRian says

    have just seen him live in llandudno very interesting. showed alot of behind the scenes photos, and introduced me to samuel hearne an early explorer that had early connections with the huddsons bay company. he also talked about Dr john ray

    November 4th, 2009 | #

  7. ana patricia says

    its great to see our west coast celebrated! glad you enjoyed! whistler is such a great place too! i love it!!

    December 2nd, 2009 | #

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