Al Oeming: Man of the North


Al Oeming: Man of the North was a thirteen-part series of nature films. Episodes featured Leslie Nielsen as well as zoologist and conservationalist Al Oeming. The series follows Oeming from the prairies to the high arctic as he tries to trap rare animals and endangered species for preservation at his Alberta Game Farm.

Original Airdates1980

Amateur Naturalist, The


The Amateur Naturalist featured the famed naturalist Gerald Durrell. The series featured unusual dimensions from the world of nature filmed on location around the world. Each episode included a field trip, showing what can be discovered in remote corners of the world, or in the viewer's own environment. Through the most advanced techniques of time-lapse ...

Original Airdates1983

Ark on the Move


Conservationist Gerald Durrell's Ark on the Move, was a CBC series focusing on the latest chapter in his lifelong effort to save animals threatened with extinction. Durrell had set up a zoo in Jersey, one of England's Channel Islands, and his breeding of rare animals there was the subject of a 1975 series, The Stationary Ark. In this 13-part series, Dur ...

Original Airdates1982

Audubon Wildlife Theatre


Audubon Wildlife Theatre was a nature series produced by KEG Productions Ltd. of Toronto in association with the National Audubon Society Inc. of the United States and the Canadian Audubon Society. The 78 colour films in the series represented both Canadian and foreign filmmakers. Twentieth Century-Fox Television bought the United States syndication ...

Original Airdates1968-1969



Breakthrough was a series about recent discoveries in science and technology, and showed how these advances affected the lives of ordinary people. It was hosted by science journalist Lorraine Graves, from Vancouver.

Original Airdates1990

Canadian Gardener, The


Canadian Gardener, The Canadian Gardener appeals to gardeners of all ages and levels of expertise. The program is the most comprehensive how-to-gardening guide in North America featuring tips and demonstrations on virtually everything green with host David Tarrant. The program began in 1982 as a regional show called Western Gardener with well-known CBC personality Bob Swit ...

AkaWestern Gardener
Original Airdates1982-2000

Close To The Earth

Don Elder produced this half-hour, weekly nature program for young people (9 to 12 years old). The series focused on the environment and wild animals found in Canada. Among the creatures covered were birds, frogs, snakes, turtles, praying mantis, beavers and porcupines.

Original Airdates1973-1974

Country Canada


Country Canada Country Calendar was a half-hour program on CBC which provided regular coverage of agriculture. It started on an interconnected network in Eastern Canada, with Norm Garriock's commentary on farm matters in the first half and Earl Cox on gardening in the last half. The CBC subsequently introduced editions of Country Calendar for other regions of the c ...

AkaCountry Calendar; Summer Country Canada
Original Airdates1954-2007


Countrytime, like Country Calendar, was a half-hour program of agricultural information. It was produced in Halifax, Toronto, Winnipeg, and Vancouver and presented fifteen minutes of national news on recent developments in agriculture. The following fifteen minutes were taken up with local gardening news and tips by Earl Cox for the Ontario and Quebec a ...

AkaCountry Time
Original Airdates1960-1966


Discoveries was a fifteen-minute science show for children in the twelve to fourteen year old age group, produced in Winnipeg. Dick Sutton, the curator of the Manitoba Museum, introduced shows on topics in nature studies and natural history. The first series aired nationally on the CBC network and continued to be produced and broadcast locally after tha ...

Original Airdates1957-1962

Fish'n Canada Show, The


Fish'n Canada Show, The Fish'n Canada is one of Canada`s longest-running fishing shows. It is a series for the angler, with hosts Reno and Angelo Viola who travel to some of the most breathtakingly beautiful locations across the country to find out where and how to catch the best sports fish.

Original Airdates1989-

King Whyte Show, The


Veteran writer-sportsman, King Whyte, hosted this 15-minute program of film and interviews on outdoor sports, hunting, fishing, and boating following the Saturday night hockey games. Whyte died of a heart attack in 1962 when on a trip to Laurentide Park to prepare a film for the show. He was 51. At the time, the show was the second-oldest sponsored CBC- ...

Original Airdates1955-1962

Land and Sea


Land and Sea Land and Sea was a half-hour public affairs program originally produced in two regions: St. John's, Newfoundland and Halifax, Nova Scotia. The show's mandate was to tell stories about the people who lived off the land and worked the resources of the sea. Today, Land and Sea covers issues that affect people in rural communities which ultimately affect th ...

AkaLand & Sea
Original Airdates1964-

Manitoba Outdoors

Manitoba Outdoors was a Winnipeg sports program, hosted by Don McLean, CJAY-TV field service director, and Jim Farrell, the channel's news editor. Each week, the show featured reports on camping, fishing, hunting, holidaying, wildlife conservation and resort areas in Manitoba and the work of the Manitoba Federation of Game and Fish Associations.

Original Airdates1961-1962

Nature Connection, The


In each episode of this highly-acclaimed series, Dr. Suzuki lead a group of children on a voyage to discover different aspects of the environment and learn how each individual is "connected" to nature. Through their adventures, the children and viewers learned to appreciate their relationship with the environment and what they can do to protect it. The ...

AkaNature Connection With David Suzuki
Original Airdates1991

Outdoor Show

Outdoor Show Bob Burton, a CBC Winnipeg announcer, was the host on the "Outdoor Show" seen Thursday nights on CBWT. Burton, who came to Winnipeg from Regina, interviewed experts on such outdoor subjects as hunting, boating, fishing, and camping around Manitoba.

Original Airdates1957

Outdoors Unlimited


Outdoors Unlimited was a wildlife and nature program hosted by Keith McColl and produced by Calgary's CFCN-TV. It was syndicated to other Canadian stations well into the 1980's.

AkaOutdoors Unlimited With Keith McColl
Original Airdates1965

Stationary Ark, The


The Stationary Ark consisted of 13 trips to the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust, Gerald Durrell's private zoo in the Channel Islands. Gerald Durrell was the author of several books on animals and a pioneer in the intelligent use of zoos.

Original Airdates1975

Untamed World


Untamed World was a half-hour wildlife series on CTV which was last seen in reruns in September 1985. The series had briefly been retitled to Untamed Frontier in the 1977-78 season for legal reasons.

AkaUntamed Frontier
Original Airdates1968-1978

Why Is It So?


Why Is It So? Why Is It So?, from Vancouver, was a science series devoted to the exploits of a physicist and friend, Professor Julius Sumner Miller and co-host Robert Quintrell. Professor Julius Sumner Miller was later featured on another series by the same title on ABC-TV in Australia, airing there from 1963 to 1986, as well as being featured on the Professor se ...

Original Airdates1960

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