What many call the ‘worlds toughest hike’, the Canol Heritage Trail is a 355km rugged alpine path that weaves its way through vast canyons, rivers and thicket deep within the Mackenzie Mountains of the Sahtú region, NWT. In The Footsteps Of Our Ancestors is an epic documentary feature that follows the journey of 11 brave hikers during a 37-mile traverse of the trail as part of the 2017 Canol Youth Leadership Hike.
Tracing the abandoned remains of the Canol Pipeline project, one of World War II's failed energy pursuits, the hikers walk in the footsteps of the Shúhtagot’ı̨nę Mountain Dene, the Indigenous stewards of the land since time immemorial.
Faced with some of the most beautiful and unforgiving wilderness found in Canada, the hikers quickly understand what the realities of life in the mountains would have been like for their ancestors and the difficulties faced by the American Army in building one of the greatest constructions projects of the 20th century.
With an enduring message for future generations, this film showcases the power of youth leadership, the spirit of teamwork, and the tremendous potential we unlock inside ourselves when we are chosen by the land.
Learn more about the project at trailsintandem.com
Tulita | Jan 23, 6pm & 7:30pm - Tulita Cultural Centre
Norman Wells | Jan 24, 6pm & 7:30pm - Community Hall
Yellowknife | Jan 28, 6pm - Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre *SOLD OUT
Ottawa | Jan 30, 6pm - Canadian Museum of Nature *SOLD OUT
Edmonton | Feb 6, 6pm - Garneau Theatre
A film by
Trails in Tandem
In partnership with
The Canol Youth Leadership Hike
Northwestel Community TV
Cinematography & Edit
Original music by
Made Possible By
MEC Outdoor Nation
The Students On Ice Foundation
NorthwestTel Community TV
The Fort Norman Métis Land Corporation
NWT Office of the Regulator of Oil and Gas Operations
Canoe North Adventures
Government of the Northwest Territories Industry, Tourism, Investment
Canadian Commission for UNESCO