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Western Canada

  • Wings Over Water Doc Makes Canadian Debut

    A stunning new nature documentary, Wings Over Water, will make its Canadian debut this Friday at the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton.

    The IMAX film follows the migratory journeys of three bird species that make remarkable, and often harrowing, flights to the wetlands of North America’s prairies to breed and raise their young.

    Audiences will be captivated by the stories of the sandhill crane, yellow warbler and mallard as they soar across one of the most important—yet little known—ecosystems on the continent.

    Known as the Prairie Pothole Region, this iconic landscape spans southern AlbertaSaskatchewan and Manitoba, extending into North DakotaSouth DakotaIowaMinnesota and Montana.

    It was created when receding glaciers scraped across North America and left behind millions of shallow pools, or “potholes.” Sixty per cent of North America’s ducks are hatched here, and hundreds of species of shore birds and songbirds rely on the Prairie Pothole Region for survival.

    Narrated by award-winning actor Michael KeatonWings Over Water was produced with the support of Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC).

    “We are proud to be a funding partner of this engaging film that showcases the importance of conserving the Prairie Pothole Region,” says Thorsten Hebben, DUC’s manager of provincial operations in Alberta.

    “The habitat that we help conserve is critical to the birds featured in this movie and hundreds of other species of wildlife. We’re excited for audiences to experience its majestic beauty in 3D IMAX format.”

    As beautiful and important as the Prairie Pothole Region is, it is among the most threatened ecosystems in North America. Up to 50 per cent of wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region have been drained, with thousands of acres more lost each year.

    “When people of all ages and from all walks of life watch this film, they will have a better understanding of why we must work together to conserve these natural habitats,” says Hebben.

    “In addition to providing essential habitat for birds and other wildlife, pothole wetlands provide many environmental benefits to people and communities. They guard against the effects of floods and droughts, store vast amounts of carbon and keep harmful pollutants from entering our rivers, lakes and drinking water sources.”

    DUC welcomes nature enthusiasts to visit the TELUS World of Science – Edmonton between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26 to learn more about the film and conservation work being delivered across the Prairies.

    Those inspired by the film can support conservation efforts by donating to DUC at For a limited time, thanks to the generous support of corporate partner TELUS, donations will be matched to double the impact.

Eastern Canada

  • The First BRP Experience Center Opens at Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello

    BRP is continually making powersports more accessible by offering new and seasoned enthusiasts unique experiences

    BRP  announced the launch of the very first BRP Experience Center in its home province of Quebec. The opening of the facility reflects BRP’s commitment to making powersports accessible to all. In partnership with Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the Center will provide adventure enthusiasts with the opportunity to explore uncharted waters, experience the exhilaration of off-roading and have fun in the snow.

    These unique experiences will leave everyone speechless. The Center is accessible not only to guests of Fairmont Le Château Montebello, but to all who wish to discover or reconnect with the natural beauty of the region.

    “The launch of this first BRP Experience Center is part of a global strategy introduced in 2019 that aims to promote access to our products and allow more people to enjoy unique recreational experiences,” said Simon Cazelais, Director of Global Marketing Strategy, and Innovation at BRP. “The Montebello Center is our testing ground.

    It will allow us to interact directly with adventure enthusiasts to continuously refine our products and services. Ultimately, we hope to roll out this groundbreaking concept around the world by adding more breathtaking destinations!”

    A year-round tourist attraction!

    The experiences offered will be tailored to the seasons. Several watercraft and motorized vehicles await adventure enthusiasts at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, including Sea-Doo watercraft and the Sea-Doo Switch pontoon, as well as Can-Am off-road ATVs or side-by-side vehicles.

    The Can-Am on-road Ryker Sport and Can-Am Spyder F3 will then be added to the fleet, followed by Ski-Doo snowmobiles in the winter. Excursions for groups or individuals, for a few hours or a full day, allow you to discover the vast playground available at Fairmont Le Château Montebello.

    All excursions will be operated by B46 Adventures. In addition to their many years of experience in the wilderness adventure field, all B46 Adventures guides are AEQ certified and always put safety first.

    Fairmont Le Château Montebello is a perfect partner for this new adventure thanks to its prime location that allows access to the majestic Ottawa River and amazon trails year-around. For over 90 years, Fairmont Le Château Montebello has been delivering an unrivaled resort experience to visitors.

    They will now have the added opportunity to discover the region through the BRP Experience Center. Imagine exploring the picturesque trails of the region in a Can-Am Commander XT in the morning and enjoying a beautiful Ottawa River sunset aboard the famous Sea-Doo Switch.

    ”We are proud to partner with BRP, a world-leader in powersports, thanks to the launch of the first BRP Experience Center at Fairmont Le Château Montebello. This new offering is in line with one of our core objectives to diversify the activities offered to our clients, and to showcase the Outaouais tourism industry,” said Steve Chang, General Manager at Fairmont Le Château Montebello.

    BRP has also been offering adventure enthusiasts experiences through a worldwide network of BRP-certified outfitters for more than two years thanks to its Uncharted Society adventures program. With over 100 outfitters and 147 adventures available in the U.S., Canada and Australia, beginners and experts alike can experience powersports and have a truly life-changing adventure.

    Similar to the BRP Experience Center, this program is designed to provide access to powersports for all adventure enthusiasts, to take them out of their comfort zone and to venture into uncharted territory.

    To learn more about the brand new and first BRP Experience Center, visit



    Photo Credit: Fabienne Mace

Western US

  • Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75th anniversary

    Feb 4, 2022 through Feb 12, 2022.

    The Seattle Boat Show will be celebrating 75 years on Feb 4, 2022. The show will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats, as well as 13 marine dealers.

    The event will be held indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina. Boats on display will include a 1948 20′ custom Chris Craft, a 1955 Chris Craft Capri and a very rare 1958-59 Chris Craft Silver.

    A historical photo display of the past 75 years will document the show’s moves from the Washington National Guard Armory to the Seattle Center Coliseum to the Kingdome, followed by dropping anchor at Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center in 2000 – which is now known as the Lumen Field Event Center.

    The display will include a look back at boats and outfits through the years and classic promotions such as Boat Show Queen and Boat Show Family of the Year.

    There will also be a long putt challenge, starting on Feb 4, and running until Feb 11. Attendees can play mini golf at the Long Putt Challenge located inside the Boaters Lounge. All participants will receive a gift certificate to Flatstick Pub for a complimentary round. Winners who sink a putt will win a gift certificate of at least $50 and be entered into a raffle for the grand prize.

    On February 7, women can attend the show for free and enjoy numerous seminars designed specifically for women, by women boaters.

    It’s the perfect opportunity to meet, learn and get inspired by some of the most experienced and talented women boaters around. Visit Seattle Boat Show to print the complimentary pass. Women are free at both locations. Seminars are at Lumen Field Event Center.

    There’s a special day at Lumen Field Event Center just for furry first mates, on February 10. Their owners can make a custom dog tag at the on-site engraving machine and stop by the photo booth, have some fun with the props and enter to win the cover dog contest.

    The winning dog will be featured on the cover of a springtime issue of 48° North. Those arriving after 5pm for Yappy Hour can take home a dog life vest courtesy of Connelly Watersports (while supplies last). Dogs are welcome every day of the show at Bell Harbor. 

    Entertaining and educational, the seminars are always one of the most popular features at the show. New for the 2022 show is an online component.

    Attendees who can’t make all the in-person seminars on their list, or wish to revisit a favourite seminar, can watch the complete library of nine show days’ worth of boating and fishing seminars from the comfort of home for three months post-show.

    The $99 dollar seminar ticket package includes multi-day admission to the show (a $36 value) and a boatload of goodies, including a copy of the Waggoner Cruising Guide.

    Boat Show U classes will be offered as online webinars and are available to watch live (online only)during the show or on-demand until May 15,2022 with a seminar package ticket. This is an incredible value add to the ticket as Boat Show U courses were previously $55 each.



    Adult Admission: $18.00

    9 – Day Pass: $36.00

    2 For 1 Tuesday: $18.00

    Seminar Package: $99.00


    Seminar Package includes 9 days admission to the show, a Waggoner Cruising Guide, a BOAT U.S Basic Membership, and 3-month access to the online seminar library, to re-watch all fishing, boating, and sailing seminars as well as Boat Show University classes.

    Kids 17 and under get in free.


    A free shuttle runs continuously between both locations.

    For specific details about hours, exhibitors, seminars and attractions, visit


    The show will be following all State and local Covid-19 protocols.



    Lisa Samuelson

    Samuelson Communications

    Cell: 206-954-2574



Eastern US

  • Exploring the Florida Keys

    There are few vacations that have the beauty and charm of traveling through the Florida Keys. Whether it’s driving the Seven Mile Bridge or fishing in Key West, the Florida Keys has something to offer for everyone.

    Florida Keys - boatingBeginning just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. Each region has its own special flavour, attractions and museums, historical and cultural offerings, flora, fauna, restaurants with local seafood and other specialties, fishing, diving, watersports and boutique-type shopping experiences.

    Florida Keys - fishing

    The islands are connected by the Florida Keys Overseas Highway’s 42 bridges over the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Some of the country’s biggest fishing tournaments takes place in the Florida Keys, attracting top anglers from around the world.

    In addition to great boating, the Florida Keys offers superb diving and snorkeling and other watersports activities. The Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West offers unforgettable scenery and one of the top beach spots in Florida.

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    Snorkeler Katherine Wieland examines the Christ of the Abyss statue in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary off Key Largo, Fla. This nine-foot-tall, 4,000 pound replica of a similar statue, located in the waters off the coast of Italy, is submerged in 25 feet of water at Key Largo Dry Rocks. Photo by Stephen Frink/Florida Keys News Bureau

    If snorkeling is too slow, check out powerboat racing’s Key West World Championships in early November. The collection of boats—from center consoles to race boats—is unreal and it’s a heck of a party. 

    Learn more about the Florida Keys at