For those interested in paddling through Wabakimi Provincial Park, this short film chronicles a wilderness canoe trip from Termite Lake to Granite Lake in Ontario’s second largest Provincial Park. My son Noah and I travel across Georgian Bay on the MS Chi-Cheemaun and then continue driving 3 hours north of Thunder Bay to Armstrong, Ontario. From there, we fly into the park on board a de Havilland Otter, courtesy of Wabakimi Air.
Starring: Jason Eke, Noah Eke
Filming A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park was a major endeavour for a first travel and destination film, and we learned a lot about filming in a remote location. We’d like to thank all of the sponsors and supporters who helped us create this great film, with immense gratitude we’d especially like to thank the following brands:
A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park
Watch A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park, streamed through Youtube for free, or download a copy to watch whenever you’d like. For downloads, all we ask is that you pay what you can. It takes a lot of time, effort and financial expense to produce a film like this, so every little bit counts.
A very special thanks also goes out to: Don and Annette Elliot at Mattice Lake Outfitters & Wabakimi Air, Brent MacDonald and Ryan Thornton, Phil Cotton of the Wabakimi Project, Wabakimi Canoe Outfitters and Ecolodge, the residents of the Town of Armstrong and the Whitesand First Nation, and Jeff McColl for being Jasmijn’s canoeing partner on this trip.
Filming A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park
It’s been my goal to take Trailguide Pictures into the realm of destination/travel film since its inception.
I’ve always enjoyed landscape style photography and cinematography above anything else, and so, its been a personal goal to get out there, explore further, and share the experience with my friends and colleagues.
Wabakimi Provincial Park
Wabakimi Provincial Park has been a location that I’ve had my eye on for a long time. Described as Ontario’s second largest Provincial Park and an unmanaged wilderness environment, I had hoped to get out there and hopefully reconnect while experiencing the type of serenity that only a remote location can offer. Pure silence.
I was incredibly happy to share the experience with my son Noah and my good friend Jasmijn Decuyper (who has worked with me on other film projects). Jasmijn was going to have her hands full this time around with taking still photography and also running the camera to film. With two people lined up to join me, I had to find someone who could share a canoe with Jasmijn and allow her the opportunity to run a camera while we were in Wabakimi Provincial Park. Jeff McColl joined us as our #4 and would paddle with Jasmijn while we were in the park.
A lot was learned while filming A Place to Paddle: Wabakimi Provincial Park and I believe this project helped me develop as an independent film maker.