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The sights of the season: 14 sun-soaked summer photos

The sights of the season: 14 sun-soaked summer photos

The sights of the season: 14 sun-soaked summer photos

It’s finally here! Bust out the swimsuits, the cold beer, and the sunscreen lotion: it’s summertime. After suffering through one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, we can finally celebrate what is truly—don’t argue with me here—the best season of the year. Kayaking, suntanning, backyard barbecues, and a day out at the ballpark: what could be more summer than that?

To help you get in the mood, let’s dive in to the rich NFB archives, which are full of delightful and visually stunning images of summertime joy. And the images are just as stunning as the films from which they’re taken, all of which are streaming for free on

Catch a ray of sunshine

Nothing like a good bout of sunbathing. Check out this charming vintage couple in Island Romance, a tale of summer romance between a girl from Winnipeg and a young fisherman from North Rustico, PEI.

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Here’s the smitten young lady strutting her stuff on the coast:

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Whimsical water sports

In The New Boys, we visit St. John’s Cathedral Boys’ School, at Selkirk, Manitoba, one of the most demanding outdoor schools in North America. Boys aged 13 through 15—all lovers of the outdoors—must paddle their little hearts out to be accepted to this prestigious academy.


But there’s something to be said for relaxing on the water, too. Check out Ruth and Harriet: Two Women of the Peace, in which a duo of sprightly rural women and their families show their love for, and livelihood in, the great outdoors. Below, Ruth enjoys a leisurely canoe ride with her boyfriend Ben.

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Singlehanders is a riveting look at the world of competitive sailing during the 1980 Observer Singlehanded Transatlantic Race. 2 Canadian competitors attempt to take the seas by storm; below, a competitor climbs the mast to dizzying heights.


You won’t believe the beach bodies on the 1964 Canadian men’s and women’s Olympic swimming teams! They train constantly, but at least they’re getting quite a bit of sunshine while they practice at their outdoor pool in The Big Swim.

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Take me out to the ball game

What could be more emblematic of summertime than a day out in the sunshine at the ol’ ballpark? Baseball Girls is an inspiring and entertaining look at women’s participation in baseball, both in the past and the present. Here are a few youngsters waiting for their turn at the plate:Baseball Girls_01_640px

But the real inspiration for these youngsters are the high-level pro women in Baseball Girls who eat, sleep, and breathe baseball. In fact, they sprint faster than the camera can catch ’em!

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Maybe these young ladies are the pro ballers of the future:

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Lakeside leisure

Let’s not forget the most important thing about summer: taking it easy. In Cynthia Scott’s surprise box office hit The Company of Strangers, a group of women find themselves stranded in the wilderness when their bus break down. What to do? Share stories and enjoy the landscape, of course.


Life is a pretty sweet fruit

Another pleasure offered by summer is the delectable fresh fruits and veggies we can reap and enjoy on a regular basis. In Okanagan Dreams, a group of young Quebecers travel to British Columbia to harvest fruit in the lush Okanagan valley. These sweet little cherries will have you licking your lips!


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A parting note…

Perhaps this image of a sun-soaked golden mountain will leave you feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and ready to enjoy your summer to the fullest extent. This still is taken from A Day in Pacific Rim, a film that profiles the giant trees, drooping moss and beautiful ocean views of Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island.

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 Ah, summer… too fleeting. Cherish every moment.


Header image: from Song of the Paddle (Bill Mason, 1978)

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  1. So nice to see an old student ‘s name. I hope that you are well and that you have found interesting work at the Film Board. It is so importNt to maintain a presence in the collective Canadian consciousness. The NDB has documented canada so well. Working on these films and shooting these stills was a life changing experience for. I was the luckiest guy in the world. I hope those gd 11 media classes proved to be useful to you. Teaching that course was the high light of my teaching life. I still turn back to my old notes and materials to amuse myself.
    Good to see your name associated with the media and NFB.

    — Ken buck,
    1. Hi Mr. Buck, I’m delighted to hear from you and thanks for this lovely comment. It looks like I did indeed find your classes very useful! I’m really enjoying my work as a Web Writer for the NFB. Waterwalker is an absolutely beautiful film, and of course it must have been an incredible experience to shoot it. Are you subscribed to the NFB weekly newsletter? If not, you can sign up here: and I look forward to sending you updates about all that we are up to these days at the NFB. Thanks for writing, and best wishes to you. – Jovana

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