Ray Mears Northern Wilderness Showing Sunday October 25th on BBC 2 at 8pm
Start of a new nature series in which Ray Mears journeys into Canada's unforgiving, yet stunning wilderness.
At the heart of Canada is a vast northern forest - the boreal forest. Like the Amazon, the boreal forest is of critical importance to all living things. Its trees and peatlands comprise one of the world's largest "carbon reservoirs". Its wetlands filter millions of gallons of water each day. It's a vast and intact forest ecosystem, home to moose and beaver, birch and spruce, insects and people.
For centuries this forest was seen to have no commercial value. In fact, frozen for 6 months of the year, it was deemed impenetrable, but ultimately when British pioneers, working with indigenous tribes, learned how to explore this land - they set the way for modern Canada to evolve.
Ray explores the wonder of this special place, giving insight as to how the eco system works, forest survival and traditional crafts. He sees how different it is in late summer and winter, learns about the interdependence of all things in the forest and unlocks the secrets of this forgotten place.