Canada Day 2020 — Let’s discover together!

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Eager to explore Canada? From national gallery and museum collections, to virtual tours of Canada’s natural treasures, to catalogues of Canadian stories and history… there’s so much to discover!

Explore Canada virtually with travel vloggers Gunnarolla, Hey Nadine, An Tran and artist Yaovi Hoyi — plus a surprise guest who’s outta this world!

Share your experience with the hashtag #DiscoveringTogether on your feeds.


Transcript for “Video — Canada Day 2020 — Let’s discover together!”

Video length: 7:57 minutes

This is a bilingual video. It is in both English and French.

4-panel Zoom call, participants join their host one after the other and speak to the camera.

[Text on screen: La fête du CANADA Day Oh CANADA]

Andrew Gunadie sitting at home, Canadian flag and map on the wall behind him.


Andrew Gunadie: All right, let’s get this started.

Nadine Sykora joins call from living room couch.

Nadine Sykora: Hi Andrew!

Andrew Gunadie: Hey Nadine! How’s your quarantine going?


Nadine Sykora: Well, I definitely miss being on the road, but it has been nice to slow down and to find new ways to explore.

Andrew Gunadie: Well that is the topic of today: how to explore Canada virtually. And I think we have another guest joining us.

Yaovi Hoyi (Yao) joins call from his home.

Yao: (translated from French to English) Hi!

Nadine Sykora: Hello! (Translated from French to English) Hi, Yao! We’re going to miss you this year!


[Text on screen: YAOVI HOYI @YAOMUSIQUE]

Yao (translated from French to English): Yes, I’ll miss you too! It’s too bad about all these changes for Canada Day! But I’m still going to celebrate at home.

Andrew waves his finger approvingly.

Andrew Gunadie: That’s the spirit. (Translated from French to English) And we have one more person, and I think she’s here!

An Tran joins call, making comical gestures.

An Tran (translated from French to English): Hi everyone! Happy Canada Day!

Nadine and Yao gesture hello.

Andrew Gunadie: Same to you, An. Have you discovered anything exciting?

[Text on screen: AN TRAN @MTLFOODSNOB]

An Tran [Gesturing] (translated from French to English): I’m so excited, it’s the best of both worlds. I can discover the entire country from the comfort of my chair.

Shows off her chair and leans her arm on it.

Yao and Andrew laugh.

Andrew Gunadie [Gesturing]: Well I’m so excited to hear about all the different ways we’ve been able to discover Canada from our phones and from our homes. Let’s do this?

Four friends pictured on screen.

Nadine Sykora: Let’s do this!

Points two fingers at camera.

Yao Yeah, let’s go! [Laughing]

An Tran: Yeah! [Translation] Let’s go! [Smiling]

Andrew Gunadie: Let’s do this



Nadine Sykora [Gesturing]: You know how I love exploring the outdoors - and Canada is filled with natural beauty - especially the north! So I wanted to show you this super-cool exhibit called Beyond Ice.

Exhibit in dark room, hieroglyphs seen on sculpture, geometric shapes lit up in back, close-ups of the exhibit.

Nadine Sykora: It’s an actual ice sculpture inside the Canadian Museum of Nature.

The base is a steel structure fitted with cooling tubes, like the inside of a freezer. The ice on the outside grows over time. And, if you get to see it in person, you can even touch it!

People viewing the exhibit.

Visitors interacting with exhibit, girl reaching to touch fish.

Visitor placing hand on ice structure.

Children discovering large flower-painted structures.

Nadine Sykora: Something else I found fascinating in the museum’s Arctic Gallery is this Community Ice House, dug deep into the permafrost of Tuktoyaktuk.

Ice house in northern community. Shots of inside of ice house.

Nadine Sykora: Northern communities dig these shared storage spaces underground to keep food. It might seem a bit scary, but it’s actually a natural refrigerator!

Camera moves through ice tunnel.

An is shown in one frame, ice formation shown in another.

An Tran (translated from French to English): That’s so cool. Because not only does it reduce electricity bills, but it also cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions.

Nadine Sykora: But, if wide-open spaces are more your thing, then you’ll love visiting these stunning outdoor places.

Parks Canada lets you go virtual kayaking or mountain biking, or you can just soak in the scenery. You feel like you’re right there!

Virtual kayaking and mountain biking.

Stunning view of mountains and water.

Previous scene in one frame, Nadine in the other.

Nadine Sykora: Now, the Dark Sky Preserves are one of my personal favourites.

Starry sky over mountains, forest.

They are places protected from light pollution. This makes them the perfect spot for stargazing!

Nadine Sykora: Actually, I do have a friend who is the ultimate stargazer

Andrew and An look puzzled, Yao is smiling.

Nadine Sykora: Hang on… I am texting him right now to join the call…

Astronaut David Saint-Jacques joins the call from his home. A photograph of Earth seen from space can be seen on the wall behind him.

David Saint-Jacques: Hello. Hey everyone!

Andrew, Yao and An look shocked, then listen.

Andrew Gunadie: You’re friends with an astronaut?

Nadine Sykora: Yeah. No big deal.

Waves her arm.


David Saint-Jacques (translated from French to English): I absolutely have to share my travel experience with you.

Last year, I completed 3,264 orbits around the Earth. On board the International Space Station, I was going from coast to coast in 15 minutes!

International space station shown over earth.

(Translated from French to English): Seeing our beautiful and huge country from that new viewpoint was an exceptional experience!

View of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City from space.

Winter shots of Canada from space.

Multiple photos of Earth seen from space as he speaks.

David Saint-Jacques (translated from French to English): It made me realize the vastness of this country, as well as how important it is to take care of it.

The Earth is our spaceship. We have to take good care of her if we want our grandchildren - and theirs - to live healthily on it. (Translated from French to English) You’ll find tons of photos on our website that I took during my mission. It was breathtaking!

Nadine, Andrew, An and Yao look amazed.

Yao (translated from French to English): Incredible!

Andrew Gunadie: Monsieur David, your photos are stunning. Thank you so much for sharing them with us. And we’re so glad you could pop in.

David Saint-Jacques [waving]: Thanks! (translated from French to English) Goodbye! And, happy Canada Day, everyone!

Raises both hands.

Andrew Gunadie: It’s incredible how powerful a photo can be. In fact, the National Film Board of Canada has put together an Instagram exhibit called “First Photo Here”, where people are invited to share their stories of immigration and arrival to Canada.

Photos in box and others spread on table.

Close-up of label on box – PREMIÈRE Impression.

[Text on screen: on black book – ONF – 001 - (translated from French to English) OUR FIRST STORIES FROM CANADA - FIRST IMPRESSION]

Andrew Gunadie: From first bowls of mac and cheese to standing in the middle of a frozen lake, the stories are as varied as the people sharing them.

Photo of smiling young woman holding a bowl of mac and cheese.

Girl standing on frozen lake with arms up, mountains are seen in the background. Hand-drawn heart indicating she loves it.

Drawing of man beside suitcase and under awning while rain is coming down.

Close-up photo of young man with suitcase in the rain.

Andrew Gunadie: It reminds me of my own parents’ story! There they are!

Picture of Andrew’s parents, a baby and an RCMP officer.

Andrew Gunadie: It takes a lot of courage to move to a new country and you can imagine the incredible stories of heartbreak and joy that new Canadians have to share.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration gives us a glimpse into those stories with this touching exhibit of luggage tags. You can find really poignant stories told by immigrants and their families.

Exhibit of luggage tags with interactive screen to side. Close-up of luggage tags.

Andrew Gunadie (reading): Here’s one: “Pier 21 is where my grandfather took his first steps on Canadian soil. Canada is now his home and mine.”

[Text on screen: Pier 21 is where my grandfather took his first steps on Canadian soil. Canada is now his home and mine.]

Yao: I can totally relate to that, as an immigrant myself, but also as an artist.

Andrew smiling, Nadine and An looking very interested.

Yao: Sharing our stories through writing, or music or art, makes the most beautiful and compelling creations. Which leads me to what I want to show you...but you have to look up... Way up…

Nadine, Andrew, An and Yao are all looking up.

Yao (translated from French to English): “Morning Star – Gambeh Then’” is an abstract mural by Alex Janvier, a Dene Suline artist.

Mural, situated on the museum ceiling, is shown from ground level.

Yao (translated from French to English): The artwork is seven stories above ground level in the Haida Gwaii Salon at the Canadian Museum of History.

Mural pictured above white winding staircase at the Canadian Museum of History, totem pole to right.

Yao (translated from French to English): In the middle, a white circle represents the star, source of all creation that guided hunters and trappers.

Close-up shot of mural.

Yao (translated from French to English): “Morning Star” illustrates the history of our country from the artist’s Dene perspective and expresses the hopes of mutual respect and reconciliation.

An (translated from French to English): That’s amazing, Yao!

An and Andrew look amazed.

Yao: Now, from a treat for the eyes to a treat for the ears: let’s explore a contemporary soundscape masterpiece at the National Gallery of Canada. (Translated from French to English) I must say, as a musician, it really excites me!

Publicly and critically acclaimed Forty-Part Motet is a brilliant sound sculpture by Canadian artist Janet Cardiff.

View of the exhibit: 40 loudspeakers arranged around the reconstructed Rideau Chapel inside the National Gallery of Canada. Voices are heard performing Spem in Alium, a piece by 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis.

Yao (translated from French to English): The cold, technological speakers become human characters. If you shut your eyes, you’re there in the hall with them.

Nadine Sykora: Sounds beautiful!

An is holding a wooden spoon in her hand.

An Tran: An On the topic of music, I spend my time picking up on a new skill: Conducting 101 with Maestro Alexander Shelley from the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Video of Maestro Alexander Shelley conducting, on the left of the screen.

An Tran: All right. So check this out.

Using her wooden spoon, An pretends to lead the orchestra by conducting in rhythm with the orchestra, seen on video on the left of the screen.

An Tran: 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, 1… So, as you can see: a lot of arm muscles and body language.

Andrew Gunadie: Not bad, An. You may have a back-up career as a conductor.

Others act impressed, Yao is laughing.

An Tran: Thanks! Maybe you’ll see me up on Parliament Hill next year.

Looking proud of herself, gesturing with arms.

Andrew Gunadie: Speaking of which, if you miss the Pomp & Circumstance of Canada Day on the Hill, you’re in luck!

There are so many ways to experience all the iconic traditions of Canada Day that put you right there in the action, virtually.

The Library of Parliament and the National Film Board allow you to take a virtual 360-degree tour of Parliament. No line-ups, and no tickets, just lots of tradition!

Picture of a central hall in the Parliament building with an animated fire around one of the pillars, then a flash of light passing through the area.

Andrew Gunadie (translated from French to English): You can also see the Snowbirds fly over Parliament Hill, which is even more amazing in 360-degree video.

Front view of Snowbirds flying over Ottawa.

Andrew Gunadie (translated from French to English): If you like horses, you can watch the RCMP Musical Ride

The troop is made up of 32 riders and horses. When they’re on tour, they collect thousands of dollars for local charities and non-profits.

Two RCMP officers riding horses in the dark. RCMP Musical Ride, officers on horses twirl their flags facing crowd in stands.

Horses running in circular motion, inner and outer circles moving in opposite directions.

Andrew Gunadie: And, if you’ve ever wondered what the view is like when the SkyHawks are performing, then wonder no more! You can cap things off with the "Candy Cane" manoeuvre, complete with a precision landing on Parliament Hill!

Bird’s eye view of SkyHawks flying over Parliament Hill and then landing on ground, people cheering as they land.

All four are pictured on screen.

An Tran (translated from French to English): That’s fantastic! I can literally access all of the iconic Canada Day traditions on my cellphone.

Points to her cellphone.

Yao (translated from French to English): That’s wonderful!

Nadine Sykora: I’m excited to check all of this stuff out!

Andrew Gunadie: So am I. Well thank you for getting on this call. I’m excited to see you in person one day… but until then, let’s keep exploring Canada from our phones and from our homes.

All four are pictured on screen, then just Andrew.

An Tran (translated from French to English): Bye my friends! Ciao!

Waves with both hands.

Nadine Sykora: See ya!

Waves and smiles.

Yao (translated from French to English): Happy Canada Day!

Gestures and laughs.

Andrew Gunadie: Stay safe! Happy Canada Day and keep exploring, everyone!

Andrew Gunadie (translated from French to English): See you next time!

Waves and smiles.

[Text on screen: #CanadaDay #DiscoveringTogether]

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[Text on screen: Canada wordmark]



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