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 29, 2020 - 50:10
Under siege from invasive species, the people of the Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve innovate new ways to hold back, eradicate, and even eat the invaders.
Air Date: November 22, 2020 - 50:04
The heart of eastern North America's last, great forest corridor is threatened by development, but the people of Ontario's Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve are determined to keep it intact.
Air Date: November 15, 2020 - 50:17
A little-known, but remarkable region of wetlands, called the Beaver Hills, are at risk of being swallowed by a growing Edmonton. As home to the world's most important herd of buffalo, people here are uniting to keep the Hills intact.
Air Date: November 08, 2020 - 50:46
The yellow perch, a key indicator of the health of Quebec's Lac Saint-Pierre, is in serious trouble. But this little fish is inspiring the big change needed to restore the lake to its former glory.
Air Date: November 01, 2020 - 49:20
Following unprecedented droughts, the people of BC's Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region begin their quest to restore the water balance.
Air Date: October 25, 2020 - 49:53
After suffering through repeated, tsunami-like floods north of Manitoba's Riding Mountain, the Von Bargens lead the call to restore nature's flood protection systems.
Air Date: October 17, 2020 - 51:11
In Ontario's Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve, scientists, climbers and even quarry companies come up with innovative ways to co-exist with, restore and enhance the natural world.
Air Date: October 11, 2020 - 50:02
Quebec's Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve prides itself on working with industry toward a sustainable future. But their dream is put to the test when their biggest project is jeopardized by North America's largest hydro-electricity reservoir.
Air Date: October 04, 2020 - 54:54
Troubled by a history of uranium mining, the Sahtu Dene of Great Bear Lake create North America's largest biosphere reserve to protect its pristine waters for all of humanity.