I started paddling around the age of 7 throughout the waters of Ontario, Canada. Thanks to the canoe, I’ve made some lifelong friends and connections, not to mention memories and stories, that I’ll never forget.
I came to realize that the canoe was more than just a simple vessel and I wanted to show how several other paddlers similar to me created strong intimate connections alongside the canoe. It really gave me great joy to see how rich the mosaic of stories I encountered were. Whether they were young or old, or from various cultural backgrounds, individuals were taking the traditional Canadian craft and seeking new meaning with it. For me, the diverse paddlers I met while filming this project represented a Canada that has grown and evolved since its birth 150 years ago – and something that I was able to stand proud of today.
I’ve continued to paddle my whole life and plan to do so for a very long time. Seeing and hearing these stories made me appreciate and realize how important the canoe is to my life. To all the paddlers out there (and to those who want to start), this film is for you. Keep on paddling.
_ _ _ _ _
Narration Written & Spoken by: James Raffan
Director / Cinematographer / Editor: Goh Iromoto
Camera Assistant / Sound Recordist / Editor: Courtney Boyd
Logistical Coordinator: Steve Bruno
This film was produced in partnership with:
Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation
Tourism Northern Ontario
Northwest Ontario Tourism
Thunder Bay Tourism
Peterborough & Kawarthas Tourism