Departures

Ever dreamt of white water rafting in New Zealand, tearing across Canada in only 10 days or stepping on sacred ground in India? Best friends – and Brantford, Ontario, natives – Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach do just that, and more in OLN’s new original Canadian production, Departures, premiering Mon., March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. From epic landscapes and unforgettable cultures to the often trying times that come with international travel, watch as these two best friends defy the 9-to-5 and leave the familiar in search of adventures abroad in each episode of the 13-part series. Travelling to locations including Jordan, Ascension Island, India, Japan, Cambodia and New Zealand, their stories develop and evolve with the people they meet along the way. For Wilson and Lukach, it’s as much about the journey as it is about the destination. There are no prizes and no contests – just real adventures with no safety net.

Accompanied by their friend and cameraman, Andre Dupuis, Departures showcases the revelations of two travellers who strive to find themselves and new perspectives while trekking across the globe. Their experiences unfold before a moving camera and daily “diary cam” entries reveal their interpretations of the events, people and places they discover along the way. Set against a backdrop of stunning vistas and incredible landscapes, the series chronicles the unforgettable friendships, personal successes and sometimes crushing disappointments that befall them on their journey. Each episode illustrates Wilson and Lukach’s personal evolution as they are pushed to their utmost limits. From hiking through the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan, to surviving a monsoon in the middle of the Indian Ocean, to facing off against a professional kick boxer in Thailand, to living off the land in Cambodia, join these best friends as they challenge themselves and their attachments to home on the trip of a lifetime.

Episode highlights from Departures include Canada, Jordan, India and Ascension Island.

Mondays at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Departures is produced by Echo Bay Media in association with OLN.

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Before they can appreciate the countries they are about to visit, Wilson and Lukach set out to appreciate their own country first. They rent an RV in Halifax and hit the road with only 10 days to cross the country. After dipping their fingers in the Atlantic Ocean, watch as they explore Peggy’s Cove, visit friends in Ottawa, go fishing in Northern Ontario and hit the beach in Manitoba. Before ending their trip on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the friends go white water rafting and tour the Rocky Mountains by helicopter. Watch as camping across the country prompts Wilson and Lukach to reflect on what they are leaving behind and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

Mon., March 17 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Wilson and Lukach head to Jordan to attend their friend Ibrahim’s wedding. After arriving in Amman, Ibrahim serves as their tour guide for the trip – in between wedding plans! Follow the group as they head out to the Wadi Mujib, a gorge that is one of the lowest nature reserves in the world. While there, watch as they trek through the region’s rugged terrain and water trails. Next, join the travellers as they visit the alleged tomb of Moses, spend a night in the desert with the Bedouins, hike through the ancient city of Petra, visit the Roman ruins in Jerash and enjoy some water sports on the Red
Sea… all just in time for a traditional Jordanian wedding.

Mon., March 24 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

After a long flight to India, Wilson and Lukach meet up with their friend Monica in New Delhi and take a gruelling train ride to the desert just outside of Jaiselmer. Following a camel excursion into the desert, they head off to Varanasi to witness the daily mayhem of a bustling Indian city. Wilson and Lukach develop a new appreciation for the depth of India’s different religions before flying to New Delhi for the annual festival of lights, Diwali.

Mon., March 31 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

In this episode, join Wilson and Lukach as they travel through the more untouched parts of India, a journey that challenges both friends to their utmost limits as they suffer from altitude sickness and food poisoning. From the majestic Himalayas to the tropical heat of Goa, their experiences prove to be more unexpected than they ever imagined. Watch as they are caught off guard by a monsoon and struggle to survive a record-breaking lightning storm while on the water.

Mon., April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT

Next on their journey, Wilson and Lukach board a military plane from England and head to Ascension Island, a little explored location in the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean. While there, the friends stay in a cottage atop the highest mountain. From hiking through the lush forests full of land crabs and trekking through rocky landscapes to snorkelling and fishing for tuna, witness their determination to experience all aspects of the island. But, despite the tranquil setting, the boys deal with problems of isolation as they have trouble communicating with the outside world, accessing money from banks at home and saving personal relationships.

Mon., April 14 at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT