Production has begun on the HBC Heritage Trail documentary. Big thanks to Kelly Pearce at Hope Mountain Centre and trail expert Kelley Cook for helping facilitate our visit to Jacobson Lake and Palmer’s Pond. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, HMC hosted a hike along the famous fur brigade trail. Thanks also to the Back Country Horsemen of BC, fur trade historians and costumed interpreters as well as camera assistant Brandyn Steele. We’ll be hiking the 74 km route from Hope to Tulameen near the end of August. Please visit our GoFundMe campaign for more information. Thank you to the Okanagan Similkameen Parks Society for supporting this project.
This is one of our favourite photos from the past few years. We came across an intrepid goat on the rocks at Giant Cleft, while hiking in Cathedral Provincial Park and Protected Area. The goat didn’t seem to mind having company. This photo was short-listed in the 2017 Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Photo Competition. It will appear on the big screen throughout the 20th Anniversary VIMFF (Feb. 10-18), along with other short-listed and winning photographs.
Nepal Winter Village won second prize at the 14th Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Mountain Photography Competition. This photo was shot on a small Sony digital camera. The mountains look like a Hollywood backdrop. This tiny village is uninhabited most of the year. It is located just north of the Annapurna Circuit at an altitude of about 3720 m. We stopped here during a three week trek with Mick Bromley of Wilderness Trekking. During our adventure, we produced a four-part TV news series called Islanders in Nepal.
We’re producing a short documentary about the Hudson’s Bay Heritage Trail. To fund this independent project, we’ve launched a GoFundMe Campaign. Check out the story in the Penticton Herald. By sharing this story, we hope to encourage others to help protect and preserve this historic trail. The film will be submitted to a number of film festivals and then shared via social media.
The HBC Trail was completed in 1849. Originally a First Nations route for hunting and trade, the HBC Trail played a key role in British Columbia’s early development. Since 2009, significant progress has been made in re-opening this historic fur trail over the Cascades. Hikers and horseback riders can now enjoy a continuous wilderness trail that spans 74-kms, between Hope and Tulameen.
Harley Hatfield and Victor Wilson travelled the HBC Heritage Trail in 1971. Both men were prominent Naramata residents and were well known throughout the Okanagan Valley. In the Okanagan Historical Society’s Report for 1972, Harley wrote about the trail, and Victor included his journal. Victor Wilson was filmmaker Sandy Wilson’s father. He owned Paradise Ranch at the end of Naramata Rd.
The 6th annual Half Corked Marathon featured 1000 runners. 2015 marks the second year we have created a video for the event. Logistically, this race is interesting to cover. It’s spread out over a wide area and there is a lot going on. This video offers a glimpse at what has become a very popular race. HCM is presented by Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country.
ET2media produced the 2013 and 2015 videos for Oliver Osoyoos Winery Association.
One of the best parts of being an independent communications company is that we have the flexibility to pick up our gear and hit the road. Wherever our clients need us to go – we’re there! In June, an exciting project with Raven Events and Communications took us to the Prairies to film the Aboriginal Business Match conference.
In February, we filmed ABM’s first conference of 2014 in Penticton, and we were thrilled when the organizers asked us to join them again in Saskatoon.
The event provides an opportunity for members of Aboriginal communities to connect with the private sector. Over the course of three days, ABM delegates network with various companies – sourcing out opportunities for new partnerships across the country. At ABM’s Penticton conference, 300 delegates initiated new business deals worth well over $30 million.
We chose to drive from Summerland to Saskatoon – all 1200 kilometres of it. It was long haul but with overnights in Golden, Kindersley and Canmore, the trek was worth it. First visit to the Prairies = checked off my Canadiana to-do list.
Here’s a few highlights:
1. Holiday Inn Saskatoon: This hotel was awesome! It’s brand new and located right downtown. We were on the 10th floor. The room was very clean and the staff was great.
2. Walking Tour: During our downtime we walked all over the city. Going back and forth across the bridges, we explored Broadway Street, the downtown core, checked out Saskatoon’s Moksha Yoga; went to see the movie Chef; and admired the city’s heritage homes along the South Saskatchewan River.
3. Saskatoon’s must eats: Food is incredibility important to me. I love to eat so when I travel, Tripadvisor is my best friend and so far it hasn’t let me down. My top picks:
- Nosh Eatery: one of the city’s newest restaurants. Flavourful, creative and healthy dishes. Great selection of drinks. Expect to leave satisfied and full without being bloated (always a good thing.) Think: Naam in Vancouver or The Coup in Calgary.
- The Rook & Raven: good solid pub food. Nice staff. Thumbs up.
- Museo: wicked coffee shop. Awesome coffee. Think: Habit in Victoria or Triumph in Vernon.
- Local: also an excellent coffee but takes the number #2 spot because the staff wasn’t all that friendly. I felt like I was inconveniencing them by ordering a coffee.
- Bon Temps Café: if you like seafood/Cajun – go here. I personally don’t, but the drinks, the décor and the live jazz band made for a super cool atmosphere.
4. It’s a challenge to find good Okanagan wine in Saskatoon. One waiter told us it’s because it’s too expensive to sell by the glass. A little strange, but hey, it gave the opportunity to try to new beer from Saskatoon’s two micro-breweries: The Great Western Brewing Company and Paddock Wood Beer.
Overall our trip to Saskatoon was a success – now it’s time to get editing!
(PS – Click on the title of this blog to see more photos)
The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has just launched a new tourism website and video. The project is a partnership with the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) with support from Destination BC and the District of Summerland. The video follows accomplished Summerland guitar player Kirk Dixon as he visits attractions throughout the community. Kirk was a great sport during production and agreed to wear a helmet during the bike riding scenes. Safety first. He also wrote and recorded the music for the video. In addition to working with Kirk, we also enlisted our neighbours to help with the campfire scene on the beach. One of the highlights of the production was working with the notorious Garnett Valley Gang. We setup our camera just outside the Kettle Valley Railway station prior to their arrival. We had to get there early so we wouldn’t spook the horses. The last thing you’d want to do is surprise a bunch of horses involved in a mock train robbery.
There’s something exhilarating about riding a bike down the side of a mountain. During our first big ride of the season, I attached a GoPro camera to my handlebars as we dropped 350m down Giant’s Head Mountain. It’s the ultimate adrenaline rush and offers speed with a view. The trip takes less than 5 minutes and features 14 hairpin turns. We sped up some of the shots 200%. As you can see, you have to watch out for other cyclists, pedestrians and dogs. When the gates open, you also have to watch out for vehicles. We’re planning to use some of the footage for a client video we’re working on. It’s our way of combining work and play. Note: click the ‘gear’ icon on the bottom right to watch the video in HD. -erick