Season 2 welcomes newcomer Jonathan Grenier, alongside returning stars Bentley Kakekayash, Kim Pasche, Pierre-Yves Duc and Becky Broderick
World Broadcast Premiere on Tuesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT during Cottage Life’s nationwide free preview event
(Toronto, ON – March 15, 2022) – Cottage Life’s highest-rated original series Life Below Zero: Canada (8×60’) returns for a second season to follow the drama and hardships of a diverse group of characters in different corners of Northern Canada as they battle wildlife and weather during a long, dark, freezing winter. Based on the seven-time Emmy-winning format, Life Below Zero, the highly anticipated new season of Life Below Zero: Canada reunites audiences with Becky Broderick (aka “the Sue Aikens of Canada”), Bentley Kakekayash, Kim Pasche and Pierre-Yves Duc from Season 1. In addition, the second installation introduces newcomer Jonathan Grenier from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik in northern Quebec; a man of mixed Inuit and French Canadian heritage and a father of two who is determined to teach his sons how to live off the land in a traditional Inuit way. Each episode chronicles their individual journeys as they use traditional survival practices and find ingenious ways of adapting to their extreme environment. Life Below Zero: Canada, Season 2 premieres Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Cottage Life during the channel’s eight-week nationwide free preview event, running from February 28 to May 1, 2022 across 8 million Canadian households.
Filmed across the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Northern Ontario and Nunavik in Northern Quebec in bone-chilling -51° C weather conditions, Life Below Zero: Canada Season 2 gives viewers unfiltered access into the day-to-day lives of Canadians who live off-the-grid in some of the most unforgiving and coldest regions on Earth. Season 1 of Life Below Zero: Canada ranked #1 as the best-performing original series ever for Cottage Life.
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The first two episodes of Life Below Zero: Canada include:
- Episode 1 – Fresh Starts
March 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
Fed up with cramped living conditions, Swiss trappers Kim and Pierre begin work on a bigger – safer shelter; On the hunt for a steady supply of “dog food”, Becky and family establish a “Fish Camp” on the shores of Great Slave Lake; In search of an elusive Caribou herd, new comer, Jon Grenier ventures into the wilds of Northern Quebec; and Bentley Kakekayash embarks on an early season moose hunt.
- Episode 2 – Seal the Deal
March 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT
In an effort to keep their sled dog team fit, Becky and Dene make upgrades to their new homestead; After losing a cache of winter meat last season – Kim and Pierre look to the land for a source of emergency food; Bentley and his wife Felica explore Schade Lake – on the hunt for early season beaver; and in his on-going quest to pad his winter larder – Jon takes to the sea in search of seal.
Life Below Zero: Canada is based on the multi Emmy® Award-winning format, Life Below Zero, created and produced by BBC Studios’ Los Angeles production arm. The second installment of the Canadian adaptation is a co-production between Saloon Media, a Blue Ant Media company and Quebecor Content, in partnership with APTN. Paul Kilback and Tara Elwood are the Series Producers. Paul Kilback, Victor Kushmaniuk, Mark Stevenson, and Wendell Collier serve as Directors. Michael Kot, Betty Orr and Paul Kilback serve as Executive Producers. Overseeing the series for Cottage Life TV is Sam Linton, Head of Original Content for Blue Ant Media.
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The Stars of Life Below Zero: Canada include:
Location: Prelude Lake, Northwest Territories
Becky Broderick has been drawn to the far North as long as she can remember. She currently lives in the Northwest Territories with her husband Dene, three-year-old daughter Thi and her beloved team of 11 sled dogs. The young “off-grid” family wants to up their “bush-game” and become even more self-reliant in the vast, unforgiving Canadian wilderness.
Location: Weagamow Lake, Northern Ontario (a remote North Caribou Lake First Nations community)
At only 29, Bentley is an experienced outdoorsman who has been working and living in the bush since the day he was born. He values all that the elders have taught him – vital lessons to help him survive and thrive deep in the Northern Ontario wilderness. Bentley is determined to keep these traditions alive and pass down what he’s learned to his children.
Kim Pasche and Pierre-Yves Duc
Location: Silent Lake, The Rouge Range, Yukon
Best friends Kim Pasche and Pierre-Yves Duc are Swiss born hunters, trappers and bushmen who have lived in the Yukon for well over a decade. For the last 8 years they have been working some of the most remote trap-lines in the Yukon Territories.
Location: Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Nunavik
Jonathan Grenier is an avid hunter, fisherman and proud son of the North. He spends every spare minute of his life out on the land hunting and fishing to provide for his family. He has two boats – one for ‘inland’ rivers and another, larger 24-foot North River boat for the rougher and unpredictable seas. Over the course of the year, Jonathan “hunts just about everything” including caribou, muskox, ptarmigan, geese, fox and black bear. Jonathan speaks fluent French and English and has a working knowledge of Inuktitut.
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Fun Facts & Figures from Filming:
Filmed over 120 days in 4 different provinces
First time shooting on Tundra
Over 700 hours of filming
Coldest season yet with temperatures reaching -51° C during filming
50 crew members worked on the series
Climate Change effects observed during filming:
Changes in muskox and caribou herd migrations in the Northwest Territories
In Northern Ontario and Quebec the transition of seasons was noticeably longer (i.e. the frozen waterways took longer to thaw in the spring)