Professional Australian photographer Sean Scott and New Zealand GoPro content creator Kyle ‘Bare Kiwi’ Mulinder traveled across six Canadian provinces and territories capturing the diverse beauty the country has to offer, before meeting in British Columbia for a sea life adventure.
We sat down with Scott and Mulinder and poured over some of their favorite images from the trip. They also told us about why there were drawn to each of these northern locations.
Nova Scotia – Bare Kiwi
Nova Scotia was not at all as I expected. Located on the east coast of Canada, this maritime province is great destination for couples traveling.
Prince Edward Island – Bare Kiwi
Prince Edward Island is an island just off Nova Scotia. It is accessible via Confederation Bridge, but you’re also able to catch a ferry across from Pictou.
Lisa and I were out the door before 5:30am, but admittedly we should’ve left earlier because the sun was already rising as we were driving there. When we arrived, we had just made it in time. The sun was just peaking over the horizon and it was literally the most epic sunrise I had ever seen.
Northwest Territories – Sean Scott
I loved how remote the Northwest Territories were. There weren’t many tourists and people really liked to talk to me. It must have been my Aussie accent.
You don’t need to visit Iceland for the Northern Lights. As I learned, Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada is an aurora heaven. It never gets old for me seeing the lights and even though you have to pull all-nighters, the beauty of the lights that you capture make it worthwhile.
There was a solar storm on my last night in Yellowknife and it was already lighting up the town at 10pm. After getting a few shots from town, I headed out to find a place where there was no light pollution. From there it only got better. I was able to use a much lower ISO setting and then a few at a higher ISO for a few seconds to show the beams more clearly. At one stage I could hear a hissing sound and it looked like I was going to get sprayed by lights. The whole sky just lit up.
Yukon – Bare Kiwi
Yukon is wild, untouched and an absolute dream destination for adventurers. The territory’s slogan is ‘Larger than Life’ and it couldn’t be more fitting. When I arrived, it definitely felt like I had diverted off the main tourist route and into the wilderness.
It really felt like we were in the wild on this trail. Yukon is known for being a grizzly bear territory, which made Lisa a little uneasy as we prepared for the trek. We set off with our bear spray in hand and tried to ignore some memorial plaques we came across along the way. At one point I came across fresh bear footprints and told Lisa they were probably from a wild dog. She didn’t seem convinced.
Quebec – Sean Scott
Quebec was a lot more French than I expected and whilst I was still in Canada, it really felt like I was in another country.
It was very a very special and unique experience to be able to get so close to these beautiful animals. They were really interested in me, pulling at my clothes and even ripping a few holes. It took me awhile before I could really use my camera. The 24-70mm lens were great for this particular environment, although I had to keep an eye on shutter speeds as you tend to move quite a bit and so do the animals, which meant I had to shoot a bit faster. They really seemed to love the attention but were also a little shy.