If planning the next family vacation makes you sweat, settle in for a 3400-km, three-month family canoe journey from Jasper, Alberta, to the Arctic Ocean at Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Dan, his wife Alice Young Clark, with their kids Koby, age five, and three-year-old Ava Fei, left their jobs, home, and community behind for a 100 day northern adventure.
“We go on wilderness trips to escape our civilized world, to strengthen our family bonds, and to get grounded in nature,” explains a wild-blooded and gentle-mannered Clark.
“We appreciate the opportunity to live in the moment, enjoying a simple existence as a family.”
The film captures the essence of a family vacation, except the disappointments include the shock of a savaged landscape near the tar sands along the Athabasca River, and the discovery that 1500 river km of the trip had very little current. The lows are eclipsed by the highs of a four a.m. paddle on the mirror of Great Slave Lake, the kids asleep in their cockpit, and 100-km river days on the Mackenzie.
We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship from MEC and support from North Water, Air North, Randy and Gail Yaklin, Anita Clark, Matt Gunn, Laura Aubrey and Kevin Smith.
Selection - 2017 Herne Hill Film Festival
Winner- "Best Canoeing Film" - 2014 Reel Paddling Film Festival
World Tour - 2014 Reel Paddling Film Festival
Winner- "Best Adventure Film" - 2013 Waterwalker Film Festival
Winner- "Best Canoeing Film" - 2013 Waterwalker Film Festival
Winner- "Best Film" - 2013 Dirtbag Film Festival