14 episodes

Bernard the German is the tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound, a true story of an ox of a man who died just as he lived- very remarkably, while following his dreams right to his grave. This 10-part series will take you on an adventure around the world, from the war-torn rubble of post-war Germany, to the coastal wilderness of Desolation Sound, B.C., to the dangerous but alluring tropical climes of the South Seas. Told in a fast-paced serialized format, this epic tragedy will appeal to anyone with a thirst for wanderlust. 

Bernard the German Grant Lawrence

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 22 Ratings

Bernard the German is the tragic tale of the giant of Desolation Sound, a true story of an ox of a man who died just as he lived- very remarkably, while following his dreams right to his grave. This 10-part series will take you on an adventure around the world, from the war-torn rubble of post-war Germany, to the coastal wilderness of Desolation Sound, B.C., to the dangerous but alluring tropical climes of the South Seas. Told in a fast-paced serialized format, this epic tragedy will appeal to anyone with a thirst for wanderlust. 

    Chapter One - The Fender Bender

    Chapter One - The Fender Bender

    Host Grant Lawrence meets Bernard the German for the first time at the Okeover government wharf at the edge of the BC wilderness near Desolation Sound. The German's towering presence is instantly intimidating and leaves Lawrence and his friends cowering. 

    • 7 min
    Chapter Two - The Gift

    Chapter Two - The Gift

    After a tense stand off at the Okeover government wharf, host Grant Lawrence and his friends thought they had left the menacing Bernard the German behind, until the huge man shows up uninvited in his boat in front of the Lawrence cabin in the wilds of Desolation Sound.

    • 7 min
    Chapter Three - The Old Country

    Chapter Three - The Old Country

    You'd have to go back to the late-1940s war-torn aftermath of penniless rubble and hunger in the oldest town in Germany to fully understand who Bernard the German really was, and how he eventually made it to Canada in the middle of the swingin' '60s. 

    • 7 min
    Chapter Four - The Striker

    Chapter Four - The Striker

    When Bernard the German arrived in Canada in the late 1960s, he was immediately the target of anti-German bullying in the Alberta capital of Edmonton. He eventually took matters into his own hands... or feet... as it were. 

    • 7 min
    Chapter Five - The Cabin

    Chapter Five - The Cabin

    Bernard the German shook the Alberta dust once and for all and moved his young family to the West Coast where he took up work at the docks, always possessed to own a waterfront cabin in the wilderness. A one-line ad in the newspaper led him to Desolation Sound, BC.

    • 8 min
    Chapter Six - The Binoculars

    Chapter Six - The Binoculars

    Bernard the German is viciously attacked by several of the creatures that roam the dense woods behind his Desolation Sound cabin. 

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Fred61&& ,

Once again, out of the park!

Had heard a few episodes on NXNW, GREAT TO LISTEN TO THE whole story

Gal in a kitchen ,

Excellent storytelling!!

So enjoyed hearing this series on CBC, and again in podcast form. Grant is a masterful storyteller, and Bernard's life story is fascinating.

DesoBoy ,

Bernard the German

What an incredible life well lived and well told!

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