Helicopter Canada

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Helicopter Canada
Directed by Eugene Boyko
Produced by Tom Daly
Walford Hewitson
Peter Jones
Written by Donald Brittain
Derek May
Narrated by Stanley Jackson
Cinematography Eugene Boyko
Edited by Rex Tasker
Release dates
  • 1966 (1966)
Running time
50 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $300,000[1]

Helicopter Canada is a 1966 Canadian documentary film featuring aerial photography of all of Canada's ten Canadian provinces, directed by Eugene Boyko. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the 39th Academy Awards.[2][3][4]

Filmed in CinemaScope, the film was made for international distribution during the Canadian centennial. It received two awards at the Canadian Film Awards (now known as the Genies): Best Film in the General Information category and a Special Prize "For providing a superbly appropriate and inspiring opportunity for Canadians to view their country in the Centennial Year."[4][5]

Helicopter Canada took 18 months to produce and required Boyko to spend 540 hours aloft in a specially outfitted Alouette II helicopter.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Copter Film leaves Audiences Reeling". Edmonton Journal (Canadian Press). 20 January 1967. p. 48. Retrieved 23 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "The 39th Academy Awards (1967) Nominees and Winners". oscars.org. Retrieved 2011-09-04. 
  3. ^ "NY Times: Helicopter Canada". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-09. 
  4. ^ a b Wyndham Wise, ed. (2001-09-08). "Helicopter Canada". Take One's Essential Guide to Canadian Film. University of Toronto Press. pp. 97–98. ISBN 978-0802083982. 
  5. ^ "Helicopter Canada". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 2009-11-11. 

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