Half Speed Adventures is a television series about adventuring in the great outdoors in beautiful Nova Scotia while taking your time to see it all. It’s about experiencing the places between here and there on a bike, in a kayak, in a vintage car, on a boat or simply by foot. 

 

It’s a series of half hour adventures shot using six cameras and drones to give you, the viewer, an immersive experience.

Imagine experiencing a kayaking journey through the 100 wild islands archipelago near Tangier for the first time. Just an hour from Halifax lies this little known remote group of wild islands with ecological global significance. It’s 7,000 acres of dramatic windswept headlands, white sand beaches and coastal habitats. It’s one of the continent’s last great coastal island wildernesses and Half Speed Adventures will take you there. 

 

These “day in the life” adventures show you what can be done in an afternoon outdoors right across our province. You’ll be exposed to areas you may have visited before and experiences you’ve yet to try.

 

This season we visit 7 counties from Yarmouth to the Cape Breton Highlands

 

Adventures will include tidal boar rafting down the Shubenacadie River, sailing in Chester, kayaking in Lunenburg County and the Eastern Shore as well as biking the Coastal trail.

 

OUR CREW

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TRACY BENNETT

Host and Producer

As producer of seven seasons of the television series, Maritime Made and director of four seasons of Nova Scotia’s Best, Tracy has recently produced and released her next television series production, Half Speed Adventures. Tracy is currently in development of a new series, Wild Spaces in Nova Scotia to be released in 2022.

 

After studying broadcasting at Ryerson University, Tracy spent many years creating client driven video content and is thrilled to now be focusing on original, independent productions. Tracy’s passion for the natural world and the stories of good people continues to be her focus.

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ANN BERNIER

Executive Producer

Ann Bernier has over three decades of experience as a professional in the screen industry in Canada. She was Director of Operations and Development at imX Communications Inc. which produced such award winning coproduction films as Margaret’s Museum staring Helena Bonham Carter, Love and Death on Long Island staring John Hurt and Jason Priestly, New Waterford Girl.  While there, she produced The Wild Dogs by Thom Fitzgerald and the Canada/France co-production Folle Embellie.  She is producer on John Walker’s last three feature documentary including his most recent Assholes: A Theory for documentary Channel and has just delivered two one-hour television documentaries to CBC, including The Mill which has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Documentary Film.

Ann also worked at Telefilm Canada as an executive where she oversaw film and television development projects and later the new media fund. Ann left the public sector and joined the Atlantic Film Festival to produce the international co-production conference Strategic Partners for two years with the UK and Ibero-America.   For the past 5 years, she has been on the selection committee for Canada’s official selection of the Academy Awards International Feature Film.

Ann is a great supporter of emerging talent and spends time mentoring upcoming filmmakers and producers.  She is also the recipient of the 2017 WIFT-AT Wave Award recognizing her significant body of work.  She is developing a number of projects including documentaries, a Canadian/Swiss feature film and a Canadian/Scotish feature.  She also is a board member on the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA).

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JULIAN GIBBS

Director and Editor

Julian started his television career at his local community cable station in Burlington, Ontario. Since then he’s worked from coast to coast on many popular Canadian television programs such as Front Page Challenge, Drivers Seat, Street Cents and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. He also spent a number of years honing his technical and creative skills in television news.

 

After teaching video production at the Nova Scotia Community College Julian started Firefly Digital Media, producing hundreds of client driven videos.

 

Most recently, Julian directed seven seasons of the television program Maritime Made, was the Director of Photography of four seasons of Nova Scotia’s Best and directed season one of Half Speed Adventures in the summer of Covid - not an easy task.

 

Julian is also a graduate of the Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts program.

SCOTT BERRINGTON

Director of Photography

Scott Berrington is a professional freelance video camera operator with over 34 years’ experience in television production. With a natural eye for composition and a passion for storytelling through the lens, Scott’s experience encompasses a range of diverse projects. Based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, his work has included projects across Canada, extensively in Atlantic Canada, as well as Scotland, Belgium and Florida, USA. Whether exploring the outdoors, capturing sporting events, interviewing politicians and celebrities or an in-studio set up, Scott brings to his work inspiring non-stop creativity, along with a positive, authentic and personable attitude.