Backgrounder - Operation Unplugged
Parks Canada has partnered with GlassBOX Television, HLP+Partners, and Via Rail Canada to produce Operation Unplugged, a six-episode documentary-adventure TV series and interactive website that follows a group of young Canadians who give up their technology and experience incredible adventures in Canada’s national parks and national historic sites. The series will air on the Travel+Escape channel starting February 21, 2012.
Operation Unplugged takes eight of the most self-proclaimed technology obsessed/dependent Canadians and unplugs them from their network, stripping them of their devices. Then, they embark on an adventure of personal journey through Canada’s breathtaking national parks and national historic sites. The host, guide and motivator, Alan Bishop, along with Parks Canada employees, leads the cast through our great Canadian landscape where they compete in “missions” involving real-time decisions in situations that they could have never have imagined themselves in.
The bilingual website, a natural extension to the groundbreaking series, features in-depth background on the show including host Alan Bishop and all eight cast members as well as many points of engagement. Users can sign up, login and then participate in weekly quizzes and video missions – all allowing the user to earn points, badges and win multiple prizes in the process. A grand prize including a $1,000 in gear from Atmosphere, $3,000 in travel credits from Via Rail and a Parks Canada Discovery Pass will be awarded following the conclusion of the final video mission to be posted during the Season Finale of Operation Unplugged.
Episode 1 PREMIERE - Tuesday, February 21 – 9pm ET/PT (Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site, Nova Scotia);
Episode 2 - Tuesday, February 28 – 9pm ET/PT (Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park, Quebec);
Episode 3 - Tuesday, March 6 – 9pm ET/PT (Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario);
Episode 4 - Tuesday, March 13 – 9pm ET/PT
(Motherwell Homestead National Historic Site, Saskatchewan
and Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba) - be sure to check out our Motherwell Homestead Missions
Episode 5 - Tuesday, March 20 – 9pm ET/PT (Jasper National Park, Alberta);
Episode 6 SEASON FINALE - Tuesday, March 27 – 9pm ET/PT (Fort Langley National Historic Site and Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, British Columbia).