Striking Balance

Join us on a journey across Canada as we look at our nation's breathtaking biosphere reserves in this eight-part cinematic documentary series. We'll explore some of the amazing places that make up our 18 UNESCO-designated biosphere reserves and what makes them special, from geological, ecological, historical and cultural perspectives. Nearly two million people live in these reserves, and we'll meet the passionate residents on a quest to find a balance between economic prosperity and environmental protection. We'll also investigate the reserves as living laboratories by joining academics, citizen scientists and indigenous knowledge-keepers in their research to create a more sustainable future for both Canadians and the environments in which we live.


Air Date: November 22, 2016 - 51:18
Grizzlies are increasingly protected in Alberta, challenging the ranchers of the Waterton Biosphere Reserve to find new ways to coexist with them.
Air Date: November 15, 2016 - 51:59
The Inner Bay of Fundy's population of Atlantic salmon is teetering on the edge of extinction, but people are determined to bring it back.
Air Date: November 08, 2016 - 50:24
Students conduct social and scientific experiments at Redberry, a salt lake at the heart of a shrinking Saskatchewan community.
Air Date: November 01, 2016 - 52:37
Residents struggle to mitigate the impact of cottagers and a new highway on the region's endangered species.
Air Date: October 25, 2016 - 50:43
On the Bras d'Or Lake in Cape Breton Island, oyster farming was seen as a sustainable alternative to working in coal and steel.
Air Date: October 18, 2016 - 50:00
The old-growth forest and pristine lake of Quebec's Mont Saint-Hilaire are cherished by nearby communities.
Air Date: October 11, 2016 - 51:30
British Columbia communities look to the past to learn how the environment, cultures and economies can thrive.
Air Date: October 04, 2016 - 52:21
Ontario's Long Point, the world's longest freshwater sand spit, is threatened by an invasive plant, phragmites.