Saturday, January 15, 2011

Rick Mercer Visits Algonquin Park

Rick Mercer is a Canadian comedian from Newfoundland that specializes in political humour (not unlike Jon Stewart).  One day Rick travelled to Algonquin Park to help change tracking collars on hibernating bears - kinda like an episode of Dirty Jobs but with a newfie accent, eh?  - and recorded the trip.  Not the job I'd want to do, but I've seen worse :)

First a glossary of Canadian terms for my non-Canadian friends:

  • Group Of Seven:  A group of 7 painters who focused on Canadian landscapes in the 1920s.
  • Farley Mowat:  Canadian author who wrote, among other things, the novel Never Cry Wolf
  • Stephen Harper:  Canada's current Prime Minister
  • Jim Flaherty:  Canada's Finance Minister
  • Canadian Tire:  An auto/hardware/sports store.  It is a Canadians first stop for automotive or home improvement projects.
  • Algonquin Park:  One of the original and largest Provincial Parks (equivilent to a State Park in the US).

And now, on with the show: