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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.

Best Kayaks of the Year – 2021 Best In Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

The final Best in Class award has been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting on PaddleTV. Ken spent the summer testing some of the industry’s top paddling gear and has narrowed down five of the industry’s top kayaks, awarding them the title of 2021 Kayaks of the Year.

A natural evolution from PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide YouTube series, the Best in Class awards celebrate the “best of the best” in paddlesports. Produced by Heliconia, the Best in Class awards are an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video have featured the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year, and who should consider purchasing it.

The awards have been released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and are also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With 86,000 subscribers and more than 16.5 million viewsPaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

  • Best Portable Kayaks of 2021
  • Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021
  • Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021
  • 2021 Kayaks of the Year

And so, without any further ado, the 2021 Kayaks of the Year, listed in no particular order, are the P&H Virgo MV, Bonafide’s EX 123, Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, Oru Kayak’s Inlet, and the Hobie iTrek 9. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/NiuMDw1S4j8.

Submissions for PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide 2022 are now open, and brands interesting in submitting their products for consideration are encouraged to visit https://www.heliconia.ca/paddle-tv-buyers-guide/

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com. For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit www.heliconia.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 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.

Adventure Cities Trip Report – Ottawa, Canada

The Adventure Cities team returned from another adventure filled film shoot, this time in Canada’s capital city of Ottawa. This was the fourth film shoot of the series, and it showed both Adventure Cities host, Jonathan Thompson, and crew a surprising side of this political town.

As the capital of Canada, Ottawa has wrongly been accused of being a dull city full of public servants and not much fun. The folks at Ottawa Tourism were keen to dispel that myth and show the Adventure Cities crew that if you know where to look, you’ll find that the city is full of vibrant culture and adrenaline rushes.

While in Ottawa, the Adventure Cities team stayed at the famous Fairmont Le Château Laurier. This luxury hotel, located between the Parliament Buildings and the ByWard Market, was home-base for their many adventures, which included whitewater rafting down the Ottawa River, escaping the world’s largest escape room at The Diefenbunker (Canada’s Cold War Museum), and racing down the side of the Gatineau Hills on a mountain coaster.

Jonathan also got the chance to experience adventure high up above the city, flying over Ottawa in a biplane, jumping off the country’s highest bungee jump at Great Canadian Bungee, and ziplining down the world’s first inter-provincial zipline.

Ottawa is not only a city full of adventure, but also great food and drink. Jonathan visited Dairy Distillery, the makers of Vodkow Milk Vodka, went on a ride with Ottawa’s Party Bike The Thursty Pedaler, and tasted the uniquely Canadian BeaverTail.  

A sleepy government town? We think not.

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.

High-Performance Paddles – 2021 Best in Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

PaddleTV’s third round of Best in Class awards have been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. Ken spent the summer testing some of the industry’s top paddling gear and has narrowed down five of the industry’s best best high-performance paddle, awarding them the title of Best in Class.

A natural evolution from PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide YouTube series, the Best in Class awards celebrate the “best of the best” in paddlesports. Produced by Heliconia, the Best in Class awards is an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video will feature the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year, and who should consider purchasing it.

The awards are being released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 85,600 subscribers and more than 16 million viewsPaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

  • Best Portable Kayaks of 2021
  • Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021
  • Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021
  • 2021 Kayaks of the Year

And so, without any further ado, the Best in Class award winners for Best High-Performance Paddle, listed in no particular order, are the Ovation paddle by Werner, The Storm by Lendal, Wilderness Systems’ Apex paddle, Aquabound’s Carbon Whiskey paddle and Gearlab’s Kalleq Greenland paddle. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/2jFFbZam4WQ.     

One more Best in Class award video is set to be released on PaddleTV, on Saturday, October 23rd. This final award video will be announcing Ken’s choices for the 2021 Kayaks of the Year.

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV or considered for the 2022 Best in Class awards are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com. For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit www.heliconia.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 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.

Heliconia Seeks Tourism Destination for its Epic Trials Short Film Giveaway

Eric Hanson - About Epic Trails

Behind every great trail is a great story. A story about the people who built it…about its inhabitants and its habitat…about the cultures it has shaped and the lives it has changed. 

Heliconia, the award-winning production company behind the popular television series Epic Trails, Facing Waves and Adventure Cities, is excited to launch their first ever Epic Trails Short Film Giveaway.

Heliconia is looking to tell the story of the world’s most remarkable trails. The adventure travel production company invites Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOS), Tourism Boards, and Agencies, to share what makes the story of their trails, whether they are renown or yet unknown, so special. The winning region will receive the full creation of a short film by Heliconia, including story writing, film production, editing, exposure through film festival entries and a digital campaign in support of the film’s launch. The contest is open to trail destinations world-wide.

“We are storytellers here at Heliconia, and as such we are constantly on the search for tales that encourage people to get outside, enjoy the outdoors, and embrace adventure,” explains Tourism Partnership Manager, Stefanie Manton-Ward. “With COVID-19 and the global restrictions that were placed on travel, our story-telling capabilities were hindered. Now that things are beginning to open up again, we are excited for the opportunity to create a film festival worthy show-piece and support tourism destinations who have been so hard hit by the pandemic.”

Destinations interesting in submitting their trails for consideration to the short film giveaway may enter the contest online at www.heliconia.ca/epicshortfilm, or by calling 1.613.582.7154 from 9 am to 5 pm EST. Heliconia will be considering locations throughout the next couple of months, and will work with the winning destination to come up with a filming date that works best for both parties, with the aim to have filming wrapped up by summer 2022.

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.

ABOUT EPIC TRAILS: Epic Trails is an exciting and inspiring adventure travel media series, and one of the popular platforms that Heliconia uses to share the stories that move and inspire us. More than just a television series, Epic Trails is a multi-faceted TV, digital, and social media project designed to showcase partner destinations to a dedicated and engaged audience of outdoor adventure lovers. Throughout the series, host Eric Hanson explores the people, places and adventures surrounding the world’s top trails. The TV show, and accompanying digital and social media, resonate with those who seek adventure and share a passion for the outdoors, while fostering an interest in local culture and authentic experiences. Each 30-minute TV episode airs on Outside TV and Bally Sports Network, and has aired internationally through National Geographic Channel—Asia and Extreme Sports Channel across Europe. Tourism destinations interested in partnering with Epic Trails are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Tourism Partnership Manager, Stefanie Manton-Ward, at stefanie@helipress.com.

Beginner Kayaks – 2021 Best in Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

PaddleTV’s second round of Best in Class awards have been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. Ken spent the summer testing some of the industry’s top paddling gear and has narrowed down six of the industry’s best beginner kayaks, awarding them the title of Best in Class.

A natural evolution from PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide YouTube series, the Best in Class awards celebrate the “best of the best” in paddlesports. Produced by Heliconia, the Best in Class awards is an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video will feature the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year, and who should be considering purchasing it.

The awards are being released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 85,500 subscribers and more than 16 million viewsPaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

  • Best Portable Kayaks of 2021
  • Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021
  • Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021
  • 2021 Kayaks of the Year

And so, without any further ado, the Best in Class award winners for Best Beginner Kayaks, listed in no particular order, are Jackson Kayak’s Tupelo 12.5, Wilderness Systems’ Pungo 120, Perception Pescador’s 10, Native’s Falcon 11, Oru Kayak’s Inlet, and Tahe’s 11’6 SUP-Yak. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/oA59X_-hFUc.    

Two more Best in Class award videos are set to be released on PaddleTV, continuing with the awards for Best High-Performance Paddles of 2021 which will be revealed next Saturday, October 16th. Be sure to subscribe to the PaddleTV YouTube channel for notifications on when subsequent awards videos will be made live.  

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV or considered for the 2022 Best in Class awards are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com. For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit www.heliconia.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 TrailsEpic Trails: Mountain BikingFacing WavesAdventure CitiesGreat Family AdventureBA Fishing Chad 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.

Adventure Cities Trip Report – Québec City

The Adventure Cities team recently returned from a jam-packed film shoot in historic and alluring Québec City. This was the third film shoot of the series, and both Adventure Cities host, Jonathan Thompson, and the film crew were blown away by the adventures they had the privilege of experiencing.

While in Québec City, the Adventure Cities team stayed at the iconic and luxurious Fairmont Le Château Frontenac. This was their home-base for their many adventures, which included kayaking in the striking Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, climbing up the side of les Chutes Montmorency, ice cream at Ile d’Orléans, visiting the Plains of Abraham, and playing lacrosse, Canada’s national summer sport.

Jonathan also had the opportunity to visit the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations and the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse. Here, Jonathan learnt about the history, heritage, and vibrant culture of the Huron-Wendat nation. Earlier that day, the team was also treated to a traditional performance by Troupe Sandokwa.

The Adventure Cities episode featuring Québec City will air in spring 2022 on Outside TV. In the meantime, be sure to follow Adventure Cities‘ host, Jonathan Thompson, on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, for more adventures.

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 Trails, Epic Trails: Mountain Biking, Facing Waves, Adventure Cities, Great Family Adventure, BA Fishing, Chad 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.

Portable Kayaks – 2021 Best in Class awards by PaddleTV Announced

The first of PaddleTV’s inaugural Best in Class awards have been announced by world-renowned paddler, instructor, television host, and YouTuber, Ken Whiting. After a summer of in-depth trials and on-the-water-tests, Ken has narrowed down five of the industry’s top portable kayaks and is awarding them the title of Best in Class.

A natural evolution from PaddleTV’s Buyer’s Guide YouTube series, the Best in Class awards celebrate the “best of the best” in paddlesports. Produced by Heliconia, the Best in Class awards is an authentic and unbiased celebration showcasing the year’s top paddlesports products. Each Best in Class video will feature the top three to seven products within a specific category. For each product featured, Ken will talk about its specs, key selling features, and why he has chosen it as one of the top products of the year.

The awards are being released through the PaddleTV YouTube channel, and also being shared through Facebook and Instagram. With over 84,000 subscribers and more than 16 million viewsPaddleTV is one of the most popular paddling-focused YouTube channels in the world. The categories in the Best in Class series include:

And so, without any further ado, the Best in Class award winners for Portable Kayaks, listed in no particular order, are Sea Eagle’s Razorlite 393RL, TRAK’s 2.0 folding kayak, ORU Kayak Inlet, Star Raven Pro by NRS, and the Hobie ITREK 9. Honorable mentions in the portable kayak category include Tahe’s 11’6 Beach SUP – YAK and Advanced Elements’ Advanced Frame Kayak. Watch the full video here: https://youtu.be/sWxjvnBVLmM.

Three more Best in Class award videos will be released on PaddleTV over the next month, continuing with the awards for Best Beginner Kayaks of 2021 which will be revealed next Saturday, October 9th. Be sure to subscribe to the PaddleTV YouTube channel for notifications on when subsequent awards videos are made live.  

Brands interested in being featured on PaddleTV or considered for the 2022 Best in Class awards are encouraged to reach out to Heliconia’s Brand Partnership Manager, Malvin Young, at malvin@helipress.com. For more information about PaddleTV and Heliconia’s various paddle-focused media projects, visit www.heliconia.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 nine 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 FishingPeak ExperienceChad 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.