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National Parks Day

Interested in what Canada's parks have to offer year-round? Looking to take a trip to one of the territory's many protected areas from the comfort of your own home? Check out this curated group of films that feature some of the territories breathtaking vistas and wildlife! Featured here is footage from the Forty Mile caribou herd as they cross through central Yukon and Alaska (featured in Allan Code's Memory Trap: The Herd That Wouldn't Disappear), meditative views and soundscapes of Nunavut's Baffin Island from Marten Berkman's Chasms of Silence, and interpretive, abstract images from the Joe Henry Highway (also known as the Dempster) from the film Ghosts of the Joe Henry by Dan Sokolowski. The highway begins outside of Dawson City and ends north of the Arctic Circle, at Inuvik, NWT, and crosses through the majestic Tombstone Territorial Park. Finally, we have Erin McKnight's Like A River, which chronicles a 9000 kilometre, cross-country canoe journey following the historic Alexander Mackenzie voyageur route from Lachine, Quebec to Tuktoyaktuk in order to raise awareness about mental health. Multiple Canadian parks and waterways are traversed by this all-women expedition, recorded as the first to paddle across Canada; some of the parks include Pukaskwa, Quetico, Athabasca Sand Dunes, Wood Buffalo, and Pingo.

 

Still from Chasms of Silence

Chasms of Silence

A meditative walk across the Arctic Circle inspires contemplations on life, death and infinity.

Still from Ghosts of the Joe Henry

Ghosts of the Joe Henry

The meeting of a man made entity and some of the most isolated landscapes on the planet.

Still from Like A River

Like A River

An exploration of grief and life told through a 9,000 km canoe journey to raise awareness about mental health.

Still from Memory Trap: The Herd That Wouldn’t Disappear

Memory Trap: The Herd That Wouldn’t Disappear

The amazing story of the Forty Mile Caribou Herd and how traditional knowledge and science saved the herd from near extinction.

Funding for Available Light on Demand provided by

Canada Council for the ArtsGovernment of Yukon

A partnership of

Yukon Film SocietyKIAC