10 Local Outdoor Films You Can Stream at Home

Spearhead film poster

If you’re stuck indoors, watching an outdoor film can help scratch your adventure itch. The Vancouver area is an outdoor paradise, so there are plenty of local movies to choose from that cover trail running, skiing, mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, road biking, and rock climbing. Here are our picks for the best Vancouver outdoor films you can stream at home.

Spearhead: Pushing the Boundaries of BC’s Backcountry

A group of skiers explores the Spearhead Traverse, a horseshoe-shaped multi-day backcountry route connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. In recent years, the area has seen a huge increase in visitors and the skiers second-guess whether or not they’re loving it to death. Watch it here. 

 

XS-NRG

Four trail runners tackle the 180km length of the Sunshine Coast Trail in one continuous push, in an attempt to set a record for the trail’s fastest time.  Watch it here

 

Mother Earth

This short film weaves gorgeous mountain biking footage from Whistler and Lillooet together with powerful narration, singing, and dancing from members of the Lil’wat First Nation. Watch it here

 

Howe Sound

Follow stand-up paddleboarder, Norm Hann, as he paddles through the waters of Howe Sound. The stunning cinematography showcases the beauty of the area and how it is recovering from decades of mining pollution. Watch it here.

 

Facing Sunrise

Vancouverite Azzah is going through a rough patch in her life and contemplating the question “What do you want to do before you die?” Even though she isn’t an outdoor adventurer, a pivotal hike helps her realize what she is capable of. Watch it here

 

The Moment

This documentary explores the origins of freeride mountain biking, and the important role British Columbia riders and trail builders played. Watch it here

 

Where Dreams Go to Die

Vancouver-based Gary Robbins is one of the world’s top trail runners. This documentary explores the ecstasy and agony of Robbin’s attempt at The Barkley Marathons, a 100-mile trail running race in Tennessee said to be the world’s most difficult. Watch it here

 

In the Shadow of the Chief

This documentary uses archival footage and interviews to tell the story of the 1961 first ascent of the Stawamus Chief, a granite face that was once considered unclimbable. Watch it here

 

This Mountain Life

This beautiful film uses the landscape of British Columbia as a backdrop to tell the stories of a diverse group of people that have devoted their lives to the mountains. The centrepiece is the story of the mother-daughter duo of Tania and Martina Halik and their attempt to ski 2300km through the Coast Mountains from Vancouver to Alaska.  Watch it here

 

Worst Retirement Ever – Phil Gaimon Ruins Vancouver’s Strava in One Ride

Phil Gaimon has retired from professional bike racing, but he’s not done competing. In this episode of his popular YouTube series, “Worst Retirement Ever”, he travels to Vancouver to attempt to take the King of the Mountains title on several local Strava segments. Watch it here

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