Discover this series of classic shorts exploring every facet of Canadian culture and history.

  • Canada Vignettes: Arctic Seascape
    1980|1 min

    A vignette exploring the depths of the Arctic Ocean.

  • Canada Vignettes: Arctic Mission
    1980|1 min

    A vignette with Dr. Joe MacInnis and his diving team assembling a "Bubble" in the Arctic Ocean.

  • Canada Vignettes: Bluenose 1921-1946
    1979|2 min

    This very short documentary from the Canada Vignettes series provides a short history of the Bluenose schooner, a celebrated racing ship and hard-working fishing vessel that became a provincial icon for Nova Scotia and an important Canadian symbol in the 1930s.

  • Canada Vignettes: Calliope
    1980|2 min

    A vignette on the travelling calliope (also known as steam organ), a musical instrument that produces sound by sending steam through large locomotive whistles.

  • Canada Vignettes: Canada's Snowbirds
    1980|1 min

    This installment in the Canada Vignettes series depicts the Canadian Forces Air Demonstration Aerobatics team at work.

  • Canada Vignettes: Catapult Canada
    1985|1 min

    This short stop-motion animation takes a humorous look at the theme of transportation. Forget trains and planes—the best way to get across the country is by catapult!

  • Canada Vignettes: Countdown
    1981|1 min

    This vignette illustrates the variety of professions, people and technical procedures required by the filmmaking process.

  • Canada Vignettes: Dance
    1979|2 min

    In this short film from the Canada Vignettes series, a map of Canada morphs into human forms that share the country's natural resources to the rhythm of a dance.

  • Canada Vignettes: The Egg

    In this animated short from the Canada Vignette series, learn how societies in evolution are often in danger of self-destruction.

  • Canada Vignettes: Emergency Numbers
    1984|2 min

    This short animation from Oscar® winner John Weldon is a hilarious "cat and dog fight" film that also reminds us to keep emergency numbers close to our telephones.

  • Canada Vignettes: Faces
    1978|1 min

    This short animation attempts to show the landscape of Canadians through a series of transforming faces -- young, old and from many different backgrounds, illustrating the great variety of people living in the country.

  • Canada Vignettes: Flin Flon
    1978|3 min

    This short documentary vignette reveals the curious origin of the name of Flin Flon, Manitoba.

  • Canada Vignettes: Fort Prince of Wales
    1978|1 min

    A Canada Vignette giving a humorous animated version of the history of Fort Prince of Wales from its construction to its capture by the French.

  • Canada Vignettes: Holidays
    1978 | 1 min

    This very short film from the Canada Vignettes series presents a montage of watercolor images depicting the work and occasional play of a farm family.

  • Canada Vignettes: The Horse
    1978|1 min

    This animated short illustrates how at one time horses provided man with unprecedented mobility and how the arrival of the iron horse brought this era to an end.

  • Canada Vignettes: Instant French
    1979|1 min

    This animated short is a take on the "As Seen on TV" commercials, or the K-Tel ads of yesteryear. In this parody version, the ad attempts to sell an electronic device that allows one to speak fluent, effortless French.

    Please note that this film was produced in 1979 and reflects certain attitudes and thinking of its era. The last scene of the film includes negative stereotyping of Jews living in Quebec. These stereotypes were wrong then and are wrong now. While the film does not represent today’s views as perspectives of Canadians (and the NFB) have evolved and we have become more conscious regarding issues of discrimination and minority rights, the film is presented in its original version because to do otherwise would be the same as claiming these stereotypes never existed.

  • Canada Vignettes: Inuit Pipe
    1979|1 min

    In this animated short from the Canada Vignette series, the camera explores, in exquisite detail, the daily hunt, fishing scenes and children at play as etched in black on an ivory Inuit pipe.

  • Canada Vignettes: June in Povungnituk - Quebec Arctic
    1980|1 min

    On a beautiful summer’s day in Nunavik, a family enjoys the pleasures of berry picking and fishing as the sound of two Elders throat-singing fills the environment. Directed by Alanis Obomsawin as part of the Canada Vignettes series.

  • Canada Vignettes: Log Driver's Waltz
    1979|3 min

    Easily one of the most often-requested films in the NFB collection, this lighthearted animated short is based on the song “The Log Driver’s Waltz” by Wade Hemsworth. Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a log driver over his more well-to-do competitors.

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  • Canada Vignettes: Logger
    1978|1 min

    This very short film from the Canada Vignettes series offers an animated history of logging on the British Columbia coast.

  • Canada Vignettes: The Maple Leaf
    1978|1 min

    In this animated short, the maple leaf on the Canadian flag turns into two profiles that illustrate the many relationships between people.

  • Canada Vignettes: Ma Chère Albertine
    1979|5 min

    This short film from the Canada Vignettes series depicts the Montreal of 1905-1910 with hand-painted vintage postcards.

  • Canada Vignettes: Men of the Deeps, Cape Breton
    1978|2 min

    This short vignette features coal mines in New Waterford and Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, along with traditional Cape Breton folk songs sung by Men of the Deeps - a miners' choral group.

  • Canada Vignettes: Métis Coat
    1979|1 min

    In this short from the Canada Vignettes series, the Earl of Caledon of Tyrone, Ireland, acquires an elegantly tailored deerskin coat. The coat is trimmed with fringe and brightly dyed porcupine quill embroidery, in a fashion popularized by the Métis.

  • Canada Vignettes: The Move
    1985|5 min

    In this short documentary from the Canada Vignettes series, a Saskatchewan grain elevator is moved across the snow-covered prairie to a new home after nearly a half-century of use; from Greenstreet to Marshall, Saskatchewan (about 20 miles away). The film follows the lifting and transporting of the 9-storey, 200-ton structure, and examines the feelings of the people as they witness the final passing of their town's one and only grain elevator.

  • Canada Vignettes: News Canada
    1978|3 min

    In this short film from the Canada Vignettes series, historical events are depicted through simulated 1878 news broadcasts.

  • Canada Vignettes: Onions and Garlic
    1978|4 min

    This animated short tells a humourous Hebrew folk tale about a man's venture to introduce onions to a far away kingdom and a disreputable man's attempt to exploit that.

  • Canada Vignettes: The Performer
    1978|3 min

    This short film from the Canada Vignettes series features tenor Roger Doucet singing the Canadian national anthem, O Canada, before a hockey game in the Montreal Forum.

  • Canada Vignettes: Riverdale Lion
    1979|1 min

    This very short animation from the Canada Vignettes series is a visual interpretation of the poem “Riverdale Lion” by Canadian poet and essayist John Robert Colombo.

  • Canada Vignettes: Skier
    1978|2 min

    In this short vignette, skier Kathy Kreiner prepares for and participates in her Olympic gold-medal race at Innsbruck.

  • Canada Vignettes: St. Laurent Pilgrimage
    1985|2 min

    This very short film from the Canada Vignettes series documents the annual pilgrimage that members of Saskatchewan’s Métis Catholic community make to St. Laurent, a village in the Duck Lake area that became the Métis nation’s spiritual centre at the time of the 1885 Northwest Rebellion.

  • Canada Vignettes: Stunt Family
    1978|3 min

    This short film from the Canada Vignettes series profiles a unique French-Canadian family, the Fourniers, 12 of whom work as stunt men and women for films.

  • Canada Vignettes: Under the Pole
    1980|1 min

    A vignette showing Dr. Joe MacInnis and his diving team placing a Canadian flag at the North Pole.

  • Canada Vignettes: Unity Pole
    1979|2 min

    This vignette shows the ceremonial totem-pole raising by the Nisgha Nation at Ayanish.

  • Canada Vignettes: Vignettes from Labrador North
    1979|4 min

    This short film from the Canada Vignettes series chronicles the history of Labrador's Inuit and the role of the Moravian missionaries.

    Please note that this is an archival film that makes use of the word “Eskimo,” an outdated and offensive term. While the origin of the word is a matter of some contention, it is no longer used in Canada. The term was formally rejected by the Inuit Circumpolar Council in 1980 and has subsequently not been in use at the NFB for decades. This film is therefore a time-capsule of a bygone era, presented in its original version. The NFB apologizes for the offence caused.

  • Canada Vignettes: Voyageurs
    1978|1 min

    This very short animation from the Canada Vignettes series illustrates the hardships of voyageurs' lives in the early Canadian fur trade.

  • Canada Vignettes: Wild Rice Harvest Kenora
    1979|1 min

    Wild rice is an important source of food and revenue for many Anishinaabe people, who sometimes travel hundreds of kilometres to harvest the grain in the region around Kenora, Ontario. Directed by Alanis Obomsawin as part of the Canada Vignettes series.

  • Canada Vignettes: Woolly Mammoth
    1979|1 min

    This very short animated film from the Canada Vignettes series depicts a large animal that lived on the Canadian tundra over 10,000 years ago: the woolly mammoth.

  • Canada Vignettes: Wop May
    1979|5 min

    This short animated film is about Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s.