Yer Not the Ocean Video

tragicallyhipThe Tragically Hip's newest video is for "Yer Not the Ocean". It features a polar bear and seems to have an environmental message for us all. Gordie with a message about the environment? Shocking!

Can anyone tell me what park Gord and that polar bear are in? Where would I find that bridge?

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I finally understand the song.
Its gotta be in BC somwhere I'm sure i've seen it before

March 21, 2007 @ 3:04 AM

Mike Boon

Here's the thing though, I've seen this bridge in an ad for Ontario tourism. You've probably not seen in it Alberta, but it features Molly Johnson singing over a montage of Ontario attractions, and I'm sure this bridge is in that ad.

March 21, 2007 @ 9:19 AM


Hi Mike
I think this is the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver. It could also be the bridge in Collingwood http: //

March 21, 2007 @ 11:33 AM


I have been on that bridge and it is the Capliano in Vancouver!(I think.......hmmmmm maybe.)

March 22, 2007 @ 5:50 PM

Mike Boon

Has anyone seen the Ontario tourism ads revolving around the slogan "There's no place like this"?

What suspension bridge is in that ad?

March 22, 2007 @ 6:27 PM


It reminds me of the bridge above Montmorency Falls (Quebec)

March 23, 2007 @ 10:13 AM


I recently saw the TV commercial w/ Molly Johnson, but don't recall the bridge as I was focusing more on her singing & thinking about the Kumbaya Festivals she used to have for AIDS featuring all-Canadian line-ups back in the 90's (still have all the t-shirts) Some of my best concert experiences/memories so far. I remember the similar commercial w/ Jann Arden singing a while ago. I loved that one.

March 23, 2007 @ 12:52 PM


Stumbled across your blog whilst "Googling". Love that commercial...Love Molly...and found this link with all of the commercial's locations:


April 4, 2007 @ 4:27 PM

Mike Boon

Great work. That's a cool resource. To save people from having to open a PDF, here's the list:

1. Molly Johnson performing at the Mississauga Living Arts Centre.
2. Aerial view of a river in Muskoka at sunset.
3. Kids enjoying the sights of Gravenhurst on their vacation.
4. Taking a scenic summer drive in Haliburton.
5. Children exploring the moss-covered rocks of the Scenic Caves in Collingwood.
6. A child on a wet and wild adventure at Great Wolf Lodge.
7. A father and son making a splash at a Niagara Falls water park.
8. A man fly-fishing on the Grand River.
9. A couple portaging in Killarney Provincial Park.
10. Three friends checking out the view from Eagle Canyon Adventures’ suspension bridge.
11. A float plane flying over the scenic landscape of Northern Ontario.
12. A boy getting soaked by a huge bucket of water at Great Wolf Lodge.
13. At the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.
14. The Maid of the Mist approaching the base of the Horseshoe Falls.
15. A group savouring wine amidst oak barrels at Jackson Triggs Winery.
16. The Fort Henry Guard performing re-enactments in Kingston.
17. Soaring over Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
18. Crashing through the Ottawa River’s rapids on a rafting expedition.
19. Friendly rivalry between fans of the Ottawa Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs at Union Station.
20. A couple having fun while eating dinner in Toronto’s Chinatown.
21. Friends arriving ready for an evening of dancing at a Toronto nightclub.
22. A close encounter with a polar bear at the Toronto Zoo.
23. Cross-country skiing in North Bay.
24. Snowmobiling in Gravenhurst - part of the longest sledding network in the world.
25. Mother/daughter whooshing down a waterslide at Great Wolf Lodge.

April 4, 2007 @ 4:35 PM


It's definitely not Capilano in N. Vancouver. The forest is all wrong. I assumed when I saw Gord standing in the forest it was for sure back east.

May 25, 2007 @ 12:08 AM


Mike - North Vancouver? - How far north? did you notice the icicles? When do they get icicles in N. Vancouver? Do they last long enough to film a video? - Were those birch trees? Are there birch trees in Vancouver? I thought it was all Douglas fir out there? Actually, where did all the birch trees go in Ontario? I agree with Jill, try Quebec.

July 5, 2007 @ 6:57 PM


could someone tell me how these lyrics have to do with a environmental issue? and what environmental issue it this song showing?

April 9, 2008 @ 5:40 PM


this song i believe is about ice caps melting , sung from the Polar bears p o view . the polar bear is forced from it habitat . "yer not comin in" is saying that lakes have no tides , the icicles melting speak for themselves. the actions ogf the Polar Bear reflecyt the lyrics . as if it were improvisionatial dance .

June 8, 2008 @ 3:33 PM


small probabilty that it might be Ouimet Canyon....
the bridge that is but not sure.

June 8, 2008 @ 3:41 PM


small probabilty that it might be Ouimet Canyon....
the bridge that is but not sure.

June 8, 2008 @ 3:43 PM


note the Polar Bear wavng good bye at the end of the video . Not to be rude but it is sad that you are missing the meaning of the song and are more considered with where the video was shot . peace .

June 8, 2008 @ 3:47 PM

Michael Coyle

There are several Vancouver-area locations identifiable in this video:
- Lynn Valley Suspension Bridge: the smaller but less expensive brother of the Capilano suspension bridge.
- Buntzen Lake: the cottage where gord goes near the end was used in the movide :Lake Placis" (about the crocodile).
- Near the beginning the road he's driving that appears across a lake is also in Buntzen Lake;
- he then walks along the road and you can see "McCombe" lake (which is a smaller one nearby)
- he then goes down to the beach which is North Beak on Buntzen Lake

All of the above are very common film shoot locations.

October 1, 2008 @ 3:34 PM


it's a response to Neil Young's "I'm The Ocean

April 26, 2011 @ 6:46 PM


It looks suspiciously close to the bridge at the north end of Buntzen lake in BC. It only has a rough road going to it and is usually misty. Those thick cedars look very BC.

September 3, 2016 @ 1:48 PM


Well its been a while since anyone has posted to this thread. But anyways "yer not the ocean" filming location is at the north end of Buntzen lake in Coquitlam B.C. Its a far cry from Cap suspension bridge in North Vancouver. But it is a very beautiful area. Heres the link for images of area. I live so close to here so I recognized it right away. Beautiful B.C. link

September 14, 2017 @ 7:22 PM


It is the Lynn Valley Supsension bridge.

November 2, 2017 @ 7:20 PM


It’s not the Lynn Valley Suspension bridge. It is Buntzen Lake bridge

April 3, 2018 @ 2:39 AM


It’s not the Lynn Valley Suspension bridge. It is Buntzen Lake bridge

April 3, 2018 @ 2:39 AM

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