Top Made-in-Canada Eco Films

Now that the National Film Board has opened its vaults to all of us, don’t miss these provocative home-grown environmental films.

St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea

1982 | Directed by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Jacques Gagné | 96 min 12 s.17 s


No, that isn’t Bill Murray landing a helicopter atop the specially equipped vessel Calypso, it’s legendary oceanographer Jacques Cousteau! But watching this spectacular feature-length adventure doc, you can see why director Wes Anderson was tempted to poke fun of this type of film in The Life Acquatic — right down to the self-important 80s voice over and matching red toques worn by Cousteau and his crew. But St. Lawrence: Stairway to the Sea is an NFB classic if ever there was one! Underwater encounters with sea life and explorations of sunken ships in one of the world’s great rivers have a timeless quality that always intrigues.

Photo credit: National Film Board of Canada