“BC Was Awesome” TV show episodes

bob-kronbauerVancouver Is Awesome and Artaban Productions present the Leo Award nominated history TV show, BC Was Awesome!

Hosted by Bob Kronbauer, the show takes a look at some of the more curious stories from our province’s past. Chasing down the legend of camels running wild in the Cariboo during the gold rush, the pirate mayor of Nanaimo, the origin of the word Sasquatch and many more strange tales are told throughout the series.

Supported by TELUS Optik Local, you can watch all of the episodes below. They’re also available for viewing on Optik TV. Look for the BC Was Awesome book coming out in 2019 on Arsenal Pulp Press.

25 years as a prisoner in her own home
Artist Sveva Caetani released an inspiring body of work after being a prisoner in her own home for 25 years.

B.C.’s first ferry operator: Captain Shorts
This surly 1800s businessman once claimed to have found an Ogopogo bone in Okanagan Lake.

The Promise of Gold: Cariboo Cameron
The strangest story from B.C’s gold rush: the “Thrice Buried Wife”!

The Creature of the Lake: Ogopogo!
We tracked down the truth about the Ogopogo lake monster!

Race Over the Rockies
The first person to ever fly through the Rocky Mountains went from Vancouver to Calgary in 1919!

Angel of Cassiar
This lady saved 70 miners from dying of scurvy in BC back in 1875!

The Golden Skull
$150,000 solid gold skull found in a BC treasure hunt?! We dug up this unique BC story.

Peace, Love, and Explosions: Doukhobors
Moving past arson, nudity and explosions, the Doukhobors are an interesting religious sect in BC.

The Search for Mr PG
Created in the 1960s, we follow the story of how Prince George’s mascot was kidnapped and went on a 10 year trip around the world.

The Gentleman Bandit
Bill Miner is British Columbia’s most well known train robber. He’s said to have coined the phrase “Hands up!”.

The First Selfie
Mattie Gunterman and her husband WALKED to the Kootenays from Washington in the late 1800’s. She brought along a 4×5 camera and her lasting legacy are the wonderful photographs she took. We try to recreate some of them while sharing her story.

Champagne and Cowboys
In 1936 French millionaire Charles Bedeaux decided to try and cross the British Columbia Rockies in a fleet of Citroen half tracks, with help from a gang of cowboys. They brought only the bare necessities, including loads of champagne.

The Cursed Town
Fernie has long been plagued by the perception of a “curse” being cast over it. We dig in and find the real story, with help of the Ktunaxa Nation.

Cranbrook Ed the Elephant
Now Cranbrook’s unofficial mascot, Ed the Elephant stampeded through the streets in 1926 along with a bunch of others who escaped from the circus. We retrace their steps.

Lost Expo Ernie
We go on a hunt for the lost Expo Ernie robot from Expo 86! We meet with real estate mogul and art collector Bob Rennie, a dude who worked at McDonald’s during the fair, and finally with the woman who has been managing Ernie for years, since he went off the radar!

Ripple Rock Explosion
The largest planned, non-nuclear explosion EVER took place in Campbell River BC!

From Slavery to Salt Spring
Sylvia Stark bought her freedom from slavery in the USA and settled on Salt Spring Island. This is the story of her and her family.

Fishing With John Candy
We tracked down the pilot of a never-aired TV show featuring John Candy!!!

The Amusement Park That Never Was
A lost pyramid in BC? We go looking for it and find an even wilder story about Rattlesnake Island and the man who tried to bring his dream to life there.

The Pirate Mayor of Nanaimo
Frank Ney started the bathtub races and left a major legacy.

The Flying Seven
“A woman’s place is in the sky”, said this group of seven female pilots during the second World War, inspiring future generations.

An Island Eccentric
The story of one of Tofino’s most interesting characters, Fred Tibbs.

Sasquatch Hunters
We track down the true origin of this named-in-BC beast.

Camels in the Cariboo
Introduced to BC during the Gold Rush, we find out how they earned the nickname “Skull Crushers”