“The question is not what we get out of nature, but what can we give back to nature.”

This film follows world renowned Woodsman Ray Mears through the wilderness of Temagami, Canada as he explores the path of acclaimed author and conservationist Grey Owl (also known as Archibald Belaney). While Ray reflects on the landscape that shaped Grey Owl into the person that he was, Ray further delves into Grey Owl’s message about protecting our wilderness and why this is still so relevant and important in our present day.

For me, this is a piece that evokes my love for the natural world and wild country – an intimate portrait of the landscape and region of Temagami.

Produced in partnership by Northeastern Ontario & the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation.

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Starring: Ray Mears / Alex Mathias / Virginia McKenzie / Tom Saville

Director / Cinematographer: Goh Iromoto
Editor / Colour: Goh Iromoto
Assistant Editors: Nike Anderson Valeus / Courtney Boyd
Motion Designer: Jay Smith @ Upstate Post
Re-recording Mixer & Sound Editor: Joe Barrucco @ Timeline Audio

Traditional Drumming (Intro): Roger Assiniwe
Original Music (Ending Credits): “Spirit Journey” by David Laronde

Other Music:
“Where Is Hope” by Salomon Lightelm @ Musicbed
“Midnight” by Salomon Lightelm @ Musicbed
“We Are Infinte” by Salomon Lightelm @ Musicbed
“I Sought My Love Beyond the Hill, I Found Her Bathed in Waters Still” by Aural Method @ Musicbed

Additional Wildlife Footage: Hugo Kitching

Grey Owl Mississagi Historical Film Footage: Mary Whelan & Marlene O’Connor Depledge

Logistical Coordinator: Steve Bruno

Location & Guide Support: Gary & Joanie McGuffin

Special Thanks:
Temagami First Nation and Bear island
Jamie Saville
Smoothwater Outfitters
Temagami Canoe Company
Temagami Canoe Festival
Carolyn Laronde
Ontario Parks
Lakeland Airways

This film was produced in partnership with:
Northeastern Ontario
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation