Channel 5 continues its scenic river journey – ATV Today

Bill Nighy chronicles a series of magical journeys down some of the world’s most scenic rivers.

It’s your chance to fly hot air balloons over the French Dordogne, sail a century-old wherry on Norfolk’s Bure River and dive the sunken wrecks of Canada’s St. Lawrence.

In Bosnia, the cameras jump from the famous Mostar bridge in the Neretva, and board a Tlingit First Nation war canoe on the Yukon in northwest Canada. As the show travels downstream, the documentary encounters the people who live, work, play and depend on the banks of these breathtakingly beautiful rivers.

This adventure takes place in the far north of Canada for an eventful journey on one of the wildest rivers in the world. The beauty of the Yukon is epic, rugged and far removed from what most know. The unusual journey begins in an airplane piloted by a painter, which flies Channel 5 to the glacial springs on top of a mountain. Here, they testify to the azure blue that the waters take and never let go as the Yukon rolls on.

The first stop is to visit the Indigenous First Nation of the Tlingit people and the Kwanlin Dün. With the Tlingit, the program learns how their youth are taken on learning and language journeys on Lake Atlin to help them deepen their culture and roots; with the Kwanlin Dün, then the show visits the flowing waters of the gorge that gave their name to this people.

The communities visited all carry a history of efforts to get to and stay in the North.

In Carcross and Dawson City, Channel 5 learns more about the sternwheel paddle steamers that once roamed the Yukon in their hundreds. In the heyday of the North, they transported and served the notoriously brief and chaotic Klondike Gold Rush. Dawson City is the greatest nugget of that era, and even today the minds of the locals are stoned with the memory of a gold rush that lasted exactly one year and swelled the size of the city 100 times. town.

In another northern town, cameras see how it got its Whitehorse name when they managed to harness the power of the river into electric dams. Later, the show heads into the wilderness of Lake Laberge, where they follow a picture hunter who camouflages his cameras to capture spectacular images of wildlife.

And finally, after enjoying a shot of rum that preserves a human toe, it’s off to visit a graveyard of abandoned and slowly disintegrating sternwheel steamers. This episode is a stomp in an area three times the size of England and the furthest north the series will travel.

The World’s Most Scenic River Journey’s, Channel 5, tonight, 7 p.m.


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