To the Wild Country

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To the Wild Country
Presented by Lorne Greene
Country of originCanada
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes10
Executive producerRalph C. Ellis
ProducersJohn Foster
Janet Foster
Dan Gibson
Gerald S. Kedey
Running time60 minutes
Production companyKEG Productions
Original network CBC Television
Original release19 November 1972 (1972-11-19) 
2 February 1975 (1975-02-02)

To the Wild Country is a Canadian nature television miniseries which aired on CBC Television from 1972 to 1975.



Lorne Greene narrated and hosted this series of occasional specials which featured nature photographers John and Janet Foster in their exploration of the Canadian wilderness. [1] [2] Canada Trust was the primary series sponsor. [3]


The series attracted average ratings of 2.5 million viewers, reaching 3.5 million on one occasion. [3]

The series required substantial financial support due to the remote location filming. Canada Trust cancelled its sponsorship after the 1974–75 season. [3]


This hour-long series was broadcast intermittently as follows (times in Eastern):

19 November 19729:00 p.m."Kluane"Set in the Yukon, at the National Park. [2]
10 December 19728:00 p.m."Return of the Giants"Features footage of the Canada Goose, recorded near Guelph, Ontario at Kortright Waterfowl Park
28 January 19737:00 p.m."The Other Newfoundland" [4]
11 March 19738:00 p.m."A Wild Lens in Algonquin"Filmed at Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario.
11 April 19738:00 p.m."Winter is a Way of Life"Winter scenes filmed in northern Ontario and near Jasper, Alberta. [5]
18 November 19739:00 p.m."The Wild Pacific Shore"Filmed at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
9 December 19738:00 p.m."Winter is a Way of Life"repeat [5]
27 January 19747:30 p.m."Land Of The Big Ice"Set in Baffin Island National Park. [6]
24 February 19747:00 p.m."The Great Canadian Southwest"Set in the Cypress Hills region of Alberta and Saskatchewan. [7]
31 March 19747:00 p.m."The Other Newfoundland"repeat [8]
8 December 19747:00 p.m."The Great Gulf – The St. Lawrence"Filmed in the region east of Quebec City along the north shore the St. Lawrence River, to its gulf [9]
6 January 19759:00 p.m."The Wild Pacific Shore"repeat [10]
2 February 19757:00 p.m."The Wild Corners Of The Great Lakes"Exploration of the land around Lake Superior. [11]
24 February 19759:00 p.m.repeat, "Land Of The Big Ice" [12]

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