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Chris & Julia’s Big Algonquin Canoe Trip – Day 1 – Lake Opeongo

Vlog Ep.47 – Big Algonquin Canoe Trip – Day 1 – Lake Opeongo + New Announcement!   This video is about our canoe camping trip in Algonquin Park’s interior, starting from Lake Opeongo, plus a cool new announcement about a brand new 360° VR (virtual reality) camera we brought along with us, to bring you a more immersive experience to enjoy! We filmed select, interesting moments throughout the trip each day with the brand new 2017 Samsung Gear 360° 4K camera! Each day’s 360° video clips will be in the vlog’s description (linked here below), and after the trip we’ll post an unabridged version of all the 360° clips for those who would like to enjoy a longer VR experience in the park 🙂

There are several different ways to enjoy the 360° VR video linked below:

  1. Select desktop web browsers like Google’s Chrome, or Firefox will allow you to scroll through the 360° VR video by clicking / dragging the image on the screen left, right, up and down, so you can look around in the environment.
  2. View the 360° VR video on your smartphone or tablet using YouTube’s Mobile app (a free app on iOS or Android devices), which will allow you to pan and tilt your phone around in 3D space, almost as if it’s a window in front of you that you can look through to see the VR environment around you – the YouTube Mobile app uses your device’s internal gyroscopes to determine where you’re looking… which is really cool!
  3. View the 360° VR video through Google’s Cardboard app (a free app on iOS and Android devices), and a relatively inexpensive head-mounted VR viewer, with lenses designed to help you focus on your smartphone’s screen. The app creates a stereoscopic version of the 360° video we filmed, which you can then put into a head-mounted VR viewer, which allows you to look around and almost feel like you’re there inside the VR environment. The app uses your phone’s own internal gyroscopes to determine where you’re looking. Please note, your VR experience with this method depends on your phone’s resolution and the quality of the VR headset you purchase. I personally own a “Merge 360°” VR headset which works with a range of different phones, and sells online at B&H Photo for around $79 CDN / $59 US, though you can find inexpensive VR viewers for as little as $15 – $20 by searching online. There are many to choose from. You generally get what you pay for though, and more expensive models will typically be more comfortable to wear for extended periods, or come equipped with more built-in adjustments for precisely aligning with your eye. Before buying any VR viewer, please ensure it will fit your phone. You may also want to enjoy this method while wearing stereo headphones.
  4. View the 360° VR video through an Oculus Rift, or HTC Vive, which are much more expensive VR devices with their own software built-in.

Today’s 360° video clips are moments from our paddle across the calm, wide open North Arm of Lake Opeongo, as well as the beautiful sunset from our island campsite! Though before you check it out, please don’t forget to like, share or comment on today’s vlog and let us know what you thing! Thanks! It really helps us to create more content like this 🙂

Big Algonquin Canoe Trip – 360° VR Video – Day 1 – Paddling Lake Opeongo And Campsite Sunset! (4K)

This is a 360° VR video from our new Algonquin Park canoe camping vlog series! You’ll get to enjoy some paddling on Lake Opeongo and the beautiful sunset from our island campsite!

Each day’s 360° video will be linked from the main video blog’s description, and after the trip we’ll post an unabridged version of all the 360° clips for those who would like to enjoy a longer VR experience in the park 🙂

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Canoe provided by the friendly folks at Algonquin Outfitters – thank you so much! Check them out at www.algonquinoutfitters.com

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P.S. Thanks for watching! 🙂 xx

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Chris Prouse

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