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The most memorable videos of 2016

Powerful video captures resident’s escape from Fort McMurray wildfire

Another year of incredible video has come and gone. As we look back at 2016, here’s a collection of the most memorable moments captured on video throughout the year.

Escape from Fort McMurray

Many residents of Fort McMurray captured their desperate evacuation from the Alberta town as a wildfire raged around them.  Resident Jason Edmondson’s video (see above) showed his terrifying escape, with the fire exploding right outside his car window. “[It’s] something I never want to go through again,” Edmondson told Global National anchor Dawna Friesen at the time. “It was like driving through a movie.”

 

Great white shark breaks into cage with divers

Dramatic video out of Guadalupe, Mexico showed the moment a great white shark broke through a diving cage with a diver still inside. Amazingly, the diver escaped the October 2016 incident without any injuries.
Great white shark breaks through diving cage in Mexico with man still inside
Great white shark breaks through diving cage in Mexico with man still inside

 

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Buses, cars, trucks slam into each other in icy Montreal pileup

Montreal is no stranger to winter weather, but a particularly icy morning in December caused some traffic chaos on one steep downtown street. The wild video of two buses, a police car, a snow plough and several cars spinning out of control and smashing into each other captured worldwide attention.
Montreal transit buses, cars, trucks slam into each other in winter weather pileup
Montreal transit buses, cars, trucks slam into each other in winter weather pileup

 

Prince George denies Justin Trudeau a high five

The first visit to Canada by the young prince produced this viral gem as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got denied a high-five by the 3-year-old royal.
Justin Trudeau gets denied a high five by Prince George
Justin Trudeau gets denied a high five by Prince George

 

SpaceX rocket explodes on launch pad

A massive explosion rocked Cape Canaveral, Florida in September when a SpaceX Rocket blew up on the launch pad during a test.
Caught on camera: SpaceX rocket explodes during testing
Caught on camera: SpaceX rocket explodes during testing

 

Man shares dramatic survival story after grizzly bear attacks

A Montana man who survived two grizzly bear attacks in October recorded a video shortly after the maulings as a cautionary tale for other nature lovers.

Man shares dramatic video after surviving two grizzly bear attacks
Man shares dramatic video after surviving two grizzly bear attacks

 

Seal jumps on boat trying to escape pod of orcas

Some boaters near Powell River, B.C. were astounded when a seal decided to use their boat as a safe refuge from some killer whales on the hunt in August.

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Dramatic crash on Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail captured on dashcam

Dashcam video once again finds a place on our year-end list with this dramatic high-speed crash on Calgary’s Deerfoot Trail between a car and a large truck back in January.
Moment car collides with truck on Deerfoot Trail captured by dash camera
Moment car collides with truck on Deerfoot Trail captured by dash camera

 

Man flies off water slide and down a rocky hill, but survives

A Dallas man knows his injuries could have been a lot worse after he flew off the side of a water slide and down a rocky hill in July. The harrowing misadventure was caught on camera.
Caught on camera: Man flies off water slide, breaks arm, ribs
Caught on camera: Man flies off water slide, breaks arm, ribs

 

“This is Fort McMurray burning”

Global News’ Reid Fiest, Loren Andreae and Dean Twardzik were in the thick of the Fort McMurray wildfire on May 3, when during a live report on Global National the fire grew increasingly close to them. The intense video was selected by YouTube as one of the top trending videos of 2016.

Caught on camera: Fort McMurray fire erupts behind Global News reporter
Caught on camera: Fort McMurray fire erupts behind Global News reporter

 

Harambe the gorilla drags child through its enclosure at Cincinnati Zoo

A witness captured the terrifying scene at the Cincinnati Zoo as Harambe, a male gorilla, grabbed and dragged a 4-year-old boy who fell into his enclosure.  Harambe was shot and killed by zoo authorities.
Witness captured video of Gorilla grabbing and dragging around child at Cincinnati Zoo
Witness captured video of Gorilla grabbing and dragging around child at Cincinnati Zoo

 

Man with Alzheimer’s makes emotional plea for friends to come talk to him

A Michigan man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease posted a heartbreaking video on Facebook in January asking for his friends to visit and talk to him like they used to before his diagnosis.
‘I wish they’d come over’: 66-year-old man with Alzheimer’s makes emotional plea for friends to talk to him
‘I wish they’d come over’: 66-year-old man with Alzheimer’s makes emotional plea for friends to talk to him

 

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Massive explosion at Mexican fireworks market

The sky over Tultepec, Mexico was lit up on Dec. 20 by fire and fireworks after an enormous and deadly explosion rocked the local fireworks market.
Massive explosion at fireworks market in Mexico caught on camera
Massive explosion at fireworks market in Mexico caught on camera

 

Elbowgate

Tempers can flare inside the House of Commons between our country’s politicians. But the tensions boiled over one afternoon in May when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was involved in a physical altercation on the house floor that would be dubbed ‘Elbowgate.’
Raw: Chaos in House of Commons as PM Justin Trudeau comes into physical contact with MP
Raw: Chaos in House of Commons as PM Justin Trudeau comes into physical contact with MP

 

Artichoke dip goes terribly wrong

I doubt Global News’ traffic reporter Leslie Horton ever thought her poorly made artichoke dip would trend worldwide. But that’s what happened after the video of her co-anchors gagging and choking on her holiday concoction went viral.
Leslie Horton’s holiday treat was not a hit
Leslie Horton’s holiday treat was not a hit

 

Dog says final goodbye to dying owner at his bedside

A touching video captured the moment a family dog got to bid farewell to her dying owner on a hospital bed in California.
Dog says final goodbye to dying owner on hospital bed
Dog says final goodbye to dying owner on hospital bed

 

Judge allows inmate to meet newborn son for first time

A judge in Louisville, Ky., allowed an inmate to meet his one-month-old son for the first time during a hearing last August.
Judge allows inmate to meet newborn son for first time
Judge allows inmate to meet newborn son for first time

 

Massive crane collapse in New York City

A cellphone captured the moment a large crane collapsed in lower Manhattan on Feb. 5.  The collapse killed 1 person and injured 3 others.
Cellphone video captures moment of crane collapsing in New York City
Cellphone video captures moment of crane collapsing in New York City

 

Tiger mauls woman to death at Beijing wildlife park

Shocking security camera video showed the moment a woman was pounced on by a Siberian tiger after she stepped out of her car while inside an enclosure at a Beijing wildlife park.  The woman was dragged away and mauled to death.
Tiger mauls woman to death at Beijing wildlife park
Tiger mauls woman to death at Beijing wildlife park

 

“Obama Out”

U.S. President Barack Obama’s final term comes to a close in a matter of weeks, but before he makes way for President-elect Donald Trump, sit back and enjoy the soon-to-be ex-president’s comedy stylings from his final White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

 

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Donald Trump’s Greatest Hits from the campaign trail

This collection wouldn’t be complete without a Donald Trump video. It was too hard to just include one moment, so here’s a compilation of the most shocking and memorable things Trump said while on the campaign trail.
Donald Trump’s Greatest Hits: The 90 most shocking things he’s said during the election campaign
Donald Trump’s Greatest Hits: The 90 most shocking things he’s said during the election campaign

–With files from Andrew Russell, Jenny Rodrigues, Emanuela Campanella, Alex Maveal, Melissa Gilligan, Jill Slattery, Alley Wilson, Rachel Lau