Watch Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West

In this reality docuseries, two couples attempt to live in the mode of early settlers of the West, building their own homes and producing their own food. They attempt to do all of it using only the tools and resources available to 19th-century settlers. The series aired in 2001 on History Television in Canada and on PBS in the US.

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1 Season, 12 Episodes
November 19, 2000
Reality
7.6/10
Cast: Brian Hartigan
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Pioneer Quest: A Year in the Real West Full Episode Guide

  • The settlers reflect on their experiences as they return to the 21st century.

  • Spring floods threaten to destroy the settlers food stores.

  • The settlers continue to brave the harsh winter, and get some traditional (and painful) dental treatment

  • The settlers celebrate a traditional Christmas.

  • After a crop failure, the settlers must hunt for their food.

  • Tension builds between the couples while they undertake their biggest project - building their house.

  • The settlers endure an infestation of mosquitoes; isolation and close quarters cause emotional stress.

  • The settlers struggle against illness, fatigue and self-doubt while plowing fields and caring for livestock.

  • The settlers struggle against illness, fatigue and self-doubt while plowing fields and caring for livestock.

  • This episode introduces viewers to hundreds of candidates who volunteered to spend an entire year living as 1870s settlers, and profiles both the intense selection process used to select the two couples and their move onto the Manitoba prairie.

  • This episode introduces viewers to hundreds of candidates who volunteered to spend an entire year living as 1870s settlers, and profiles both the intense selection process used to select the two couples and their move onto the Manitoba prairie.

  • This episode introduces viewers to hundreds of candidates who volunteered to spend an entire year living as 1870s settlers, and profiles both the intense selection process used to select the two couples and their move onto the Manitoba prairie.

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