Les Stroud travels to the Mitre Peninsula, a remote peninsula located on the easternmost tip of Isla Grande in the province of Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This part of Patagonia is known as being particularly unforgiving and inaccessible due to the ever-changing weather, the absence of roads or paths and a combination of cliffs, peat bogs, forest and valleys. For 10 000 years, the indigenous people of Tierra del Fuego lived on the land. After the appearance of white men, the indigenous population was wiped out in a matter of 200 years. Despite efforts to settle in the peninsula that included seal fur factories, gold mining, logging and cattle ranching, no venture has ever endured the harsh environment. Les will be dropped into this inhospitable landscape and left to survive with no food, no shelter, no water, and no safety gear or camera crew.
Les journeys to an active volcano chain found in the Grenadine Islands deep in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. Stranding himself on an uninhabited island called Frigate, Les is left to survive on his own. Discovered by Columbus in 1498, the island has remained untouched by civilization for centuries largely due to the fierce waves that pummel its craggy shores. Scouring the shoreline for edible marine life, Les must work to secure freshwater, build shelter and make fire. While being stranded on a Caribbean island may sound inviting, it is in reality incredibly difficult. Les is forced to eat prickly pear cactus, hunt for bird eggs and even contemplates trapping one of the thousands of turtles that occupy the island. When it comes to survival islands, the island of Frigate offers what all islands do: isolation…of your body, your mind and your spirit. Time away can be a good thing, but this is no vacation.
Les pits his jungle survival skills against the incredibly diverse mountain jungle terrain of Grenada’s largest active mountain, Mt. St. Catherine. Nestled along the invisible line where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela, this island jungle feels mysterious, shrouded in mist, veiled from the sun by thick blankets of cloud. For this, the high-altitude jungle has earned the name “Cloud Forest”. Boasting its original ecosystem, the jungle is home to mona monkeys, tarantulas, scorpions, armadillo, iguana, parrots and possums –an abundance of food for Les if he can catch it. Les must use his years of jungle survival experience to avoid the many poisonous plants and trees indigenous to the jungle – all while carrying more than 50 pounds of camera gear on his back.
After all his years of wilderness survival around the globe, the forests of Ontario’s Temagami still rank as some of the most difficult, harrowing and challenging survival experiences Les has ever faced. Breathtakingly beautiful, Temagami’s old growth pine forests and refreshing blue lakes, bountiful with fish and wildlife, are sure to test Les’s survival skills yet again. Les returns to the oldest mountain ranges in North America to survive with no food, no water, no shelter, no safety and no camera crew. He survives eating wild edibles, hunting for food, making a fire and building a shelter. Key challenges are the incessant sting of mosquitos, blackflies and deerflies, as well as staying ever vigilant for moose, wolves, bears and other territorial wildlife.
Les and his 16-year-old son Logan find themselves trapped without supplies and without a way home while sea kayaking along the coastline of British Columbia. Staying hydrated, fed and warm takes on a whole new meaning with Logan by his side. Lack of food, unsafe water and inclement weather can wreck havoc on the body – let alone one's mood. Logan's better at video games than survival and better at hockey than starting a fire. Distraction can cause mistakes…and mistakes can be very costly.
Les and Logan set out for a father/son fishing trip in a tin boat. Stranded after their motor dies, Les and Logan are quickly plunged into an intense survival situation that could happen to any summer cottager. This father/son team must work together to stay hydrated, secure food, make shelter and flag down a rescue plane. Les gets creative using bug spray as a fire-starter. Father/son dynamics affect his decision-making.
In the first episode of this 2-part special, Les finds himself in a remote track of forested land in Alberta, Canada, a renowned Bigfoot hot spot. Inundated by requests from fans to uncover the truth about Bigfoot since revealing his own possible Bigfoot encounter while shooting Survivorman in Alaska in 2009, Les puts his own reputation on the line to uncover the truth about this elusive and quite possibly fictitious creature. Enlisting the help of Bigfoot expert Todd Standing, Les goes in as a skeptic, debunking myths and exploring the possibility of purposely broken trees and structures made in ways that seem highly unlikely to be made by natural causes. Les makes camp in bowl-like topography to give the beasts of the wilderness the high ground. Armed with nothing more than a camera, belt knife and extreme night-vision cameras, Les is quickly plunged into a dangerous survival situation where long nights spent alone in Bigfoot territory could mean death by mountain lion…or worse.
In the second episode of this 2-part special, Les continues his survival in the remote area of Northern Alberta to get as close as he can – if that’s possible – to the legend known as Sasquatch. Full of skepticism, Les enlists the help of a Bigfoot tracker named Todd Standing, who claims to have had multiple interactions with the legendary creature in the area. But Les isn’t easily swayed. Plowing through the evidence and revealing incredible never-before-seen footage that Todd has captured over twenty years of tracking Bigfoot in the bush, it all seems too incredible to ignore. But Les needs 100% irrefutable proof. For an expedition to yield any success, the search must be made by the most elite of wilderness experts who have the experience to film in the extreme conditions one can expect from the most remote locations. Of the 7 billion people on the planet, only Les Stroud fits the criteria. This is Survivorman like you’ve never seen him before.