S2 Ep 01: Scott Wilson (TV’s Departures / Descending) – On Travel, Taking Risks, and the Terrible Taste of Tarantulas

Season 2 of Step Up! kicks off with special guest Scott Wilson. Scott is an adventurer, deep sea diver, guitar player, and creator of some of the most visually stunning travel and exploration documentaries on television. Paul sits down with Scott at Bell City Brewing, in Scott’s hometown of Brantford, Ontario.
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The guys talk about Scott’s interest in travel and his evolution as a documentarian, the birth of Echo Bay Media, and the launch of television’s Departures (OLN, National Geographic, CityTV, Netflix). Paul asks Scott about the stunning visuals created by Scott’s business partner (and camera wizard) Andre Dupuis, as well as the logistics of creating shows like Departures and Descending. They also talk about Scott’s plane crash in Indonesia, handling problems while on the road, the power of travel, and the terrible taste of Cambodian tarantulas. If you’re a fan of all things travel, film-making / television, or taking risks to realize your vision, this is a show not to miss!

A huge thanks to Bell City Brewing in Brantford for hosting us, and for providing us with the inspiration (a delicious black coffee IPA called Brewed Awakening) for the show!


Scott is a world traveller, diver, and co-founder of Echo Bay Media (with Andre Dupuis). A Gemini Award Nominee (for excellence in Canadian television), Scott has flown more than 1.1 million kilometres, visited 65 countries, and all 7 continents.

SW-THAILANDCo-founder of Echo Bay Media, and co-host of television’s Departures (three seasons), and Descending (one season), Scott has made an important contribution to the world of travel and television documentaries.
Scott is a licensed airplane pilot, motorcycle enthusiast, avid shipwreck diver, and guitar player. He lives in the Niagara Peninsula (Ontario, Canada).


A number of links were mentioned this week! Here they are:

Scott’s corporate / business site: www.echobaymedia.com

Outdoor Life Network (where you can watch full episodes of Descending): www.oln.ca/shows/descending/

Paul’s travel blog: www.voyagesandvistas.com

Paul’s photography site: www.pauldeburgerphoto.com

Bell City Brewing (Brantford, Ontario): bellcitybrewing.com

Twitter handles:

Scott – @scottdescending

Andre Dupuis – @_AndreDupuis

Justin Lukach – @MrJustinLukach

departures (TV show) – @_departures

Paul – @Paul_de_Burger