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November 2021

Adventure Cities Trip Report – Amman, Jordan

The Adventure Cities team has another successful film shoot under their belt, this one in Amman, Jordan. A unique city of contrasts (think layered histories and ultra-modern amenities nestled between the fertile Jordan Valley and the desert), Amman is a city unlike any other – a fact that Adventure Cities host Jonathan Thompson can now attest to.

Jonathan and the Adventure Cities team were welcomed by Visit Jordan to Amman, a rolling vibrant city aptly called the ‘City of Seven Hills’. They were welcomed by tourism and locals alike to; explore the historic and bustling downtown Amman, join artists from Underground Amman on a vividly informative street art tour, learn traditional Jordanian cuisine and hospitality at the revolutionary Beit Sitti cooking school, drive some of the King’s personal sports cars with Raja Gargour from the Royal Automobile Museum, take in the sunset at the Amman Citadel while the call to prayer echoed off the hillsides, and drink in the nightlife on Rainbow Street. 


As if that wasn’t enough to put Amman squarely on the Adventure Cities list of top places to visit, Jonathan also swooped into Petra by helicopter to hike the ancient trade city and former Nabataean capital. For a more modern adventure, roped up by skilled local climbing guide, Mahmoud Alkatatbeh, the team set out for Wadi Zarqa Ma’in on a canyoning experience that included multiple rappels culminating with a 40-meter waterfall. A few kilometres downstream, Jonathan and team ended the adventure mud-covered and relaxing with a float in the Dead Sea.


Amman is an incredible destination, and one the Adventure Cities’ team won’t soon forget.

ABOUT ADVENTURE CITIES: Adventure Cities follows award-winning travel journalist Jonathan Thompson as he searches for outdoor adventure and reveals the wonderful cultures, allures, and attractions of the world’s most fascinating urban centers. Each 30-minute episode is comprised of two, 10+minute Features and is broadcast into more than 44 million US TV households through Outside TV. Tourism destinations interested in being featured on Adventure Cities are encouraged to reach out to Stefanie Manton-Ward at stefanie@helipress.com. Learn more about the series at www.heliconia.ca.

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces eight unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureBA FishingChad Hoover Fishing and Road Trip Angler. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.

Great Family Adventure – Trip Report: Ottawa Valley, Canada

The first episode of Season 2 of Great Family Adventure was recently filmed in beautiful Ottawa Valley, Canada. The Ottawa Valley is known as the Whitewater Capital of Canada, but it is also the birthplace of Great Family Adventure co-host, Nick Troutman.

While in the Ottawa Valley, Nick, Emily, and the kids went whitewater rafting, kayaking, biking, camping, hiking, fishing, and spent lots of time with family.

Season 2 of Great Family Adventure will premiere on OutsideTV and Bally Sports Network, summer 2022. In the meantime, be sure to check out the excitement on the Great Family Adventure Facebook and Instagram pages.

About Great Family Adventure: Great Family Adventure is an exciting and inspiring TV series that follows World Champion kayakers, Nick Troutman and Emily Jackson, and their family on a new-age family road trip. Join the family as they learn about new cultures, paddle wild rivers, exploring rad bike trails, swim in the ocean, and camp out under the stars. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV and Bally Sports Network. Networks interested in carrying Great Family Adventure are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Vice-President, Brendan Mark, at brendan@helipress.com.

Paddle TV’s 2022 Buyer’s Guide – Open for Submissions

Submissions for the second annual PaddleTV Buyer’s Guide are now being accepted. The Buyer’s Guide series is released through the PaddleTV YouTube Channel as well as shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 86,000 subscribers and 16 million views, PaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling focused YouTube channels in the world.

Produced by Heliconia, PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide is an authentic and unbiased video series showcasing the year’s best paddlesports products. The series will be hosted by world renowned paddler, instructor, TV show host, and YouTuber Ken Whiting, and will help consumers with their purchasing decisions through authentic and unbiased reviews of kayaks and kayaking gear. Once he has fully reviewed and tested each product, Ken will recognizing the best paddlesport products of the year with PaddleTV’s Best-In-Class Awards. “The biggest challenge the paddlesport industry faces,” explains Ken, “is turning the large number of new and casual paddlers into lifetime participants. One of the best ways to do this, is to help them choose the right gear, to ensure a positive paddling experience.”

The Buyer’s Guide categories will feature products from the following categories:

  • Recreational Kayaks
  • Touring and Sea Kayaks
  • Fishing Kayaks
  • Portable Kayaks (Inflatable, folding, etc)
  • Multiwater Kayaks
  • Whitewater Kayaks
  • Packrafts
  • Paddles
  • Paddling Apparel & PFDs
  • Paddling Accessories

Submissions for product consideration are being accepted until November 19th, 2021. Brands interested in being featured in the PaddleTV Buyer’s Guide series are encouraged to read more at www.heliconia.ca/paddle-tv-buyers-guide or to reach out to Jenna Hill at jenna@helipress.ca.

ABOUT HELICONIA: Heliconia is an award-winning video production and marketing company that helps destinations and brands reach the US adventure travel audience. The company produces eight unique media projects, providing authentic storytelling opportunities for every adventure and every destination. These series include: Epic Trails, Epic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureBA FishingChad Hoover Fishing and Road Trip Angler. Heliconia has a proven formula that marries inspiring video production with guaranteed television and digital distribution, ensuring that your message is heard by the adventure travel community in a unique and impactful way. For more information, visit www.heliconia.ca.