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There are few places in the world that are as special as the Peel Watershed. The problem is, not enough people are aware of it, to stand up to save it. Please share this with your friends and family and lets get this message out there. Protect the Peel.
Paddle for the North aims to show the importance of conserving wild, untouched places. We want to show the world the true value of Northern Canada, through the spirit of adventure.
About the Film:
Paddle for the North follows the adventures of six friends; Gabriel Rivest, Simon Lucas, Scott Sinton, Michah Rauguth, Alexandre Deschênes-Dénommé and Matt Holmes as they paddle three canoes 1500km through the deepest backcountry of North America, Canada to Alaska. The journey took two months through six rivers; The Hart, Peel, Rat, Bell, Porcupine and the Yukon Rivers. This story is about the incredible adventure through the untouched North and the amazing people encountered along the way, that inspired six friends (from all over the world) to take a stand.
The trip is over, but the adventure continues. We have some incredible footage and now determined to create an original and inspiring adventure conservation film. The final film will be 50-70mins in length featuring the best footage from the expedition.
The Trip The route follows six connected rivers in Northern Canada and Alaska. It took us 63 days with 50 different campsites. The adventure began in Mayo and flew to Elliot Creek in the heart of the Peel Watershed. From there we made our way to the Mckenzie Delta overcoming class I - VI rapids and a 5km portage through a mosquito infested swamp. Next we battled against the current on the famous Rat River, fighting against a six foot flood that stole five of our paddles. We crossed the continental divide to join the Bell, Porcupine and Yukon Rivers taking us to Alaska and eventually the Dalton Highway - our connection back to civilization.
The Peel Watershed
The Peel Watershed is one of the largest remaining intact boreal forests left on the planet (6.8 million hectares). It contains vast, untouched ecosystems that support thriving populations of bears and wolves through to moose and caribou. The water is amongst the freshest in the world and eventually drains into the Arctic Ocean.
"Around the world large intact ecosystems are becoming increasingly rare and the planet is now facing an unprecedented crisis. One of the most untouched places left on earth that drains an area larger than Scotland, the Peel watershed represents a wildlife habitat of global significance". - Jamie Joseph / savingthewild.com
The Peel Watershed is also the cultural and spiritual home of the local First Nations. The river is their street.
"The lands and waters of the Peel watershed have unparalleled spiritual, cultural and ecological values that have sustained our people in body and spirit for thousands of years" - Nacho Nyak Dun and Tr'onkëk Hwëch'in First Nations
In January 2014 the Yukon government decided to open this vast wilderness up from development and mining. This decision went against seven years of consultative land use planning by the Peel Watershed Planning Commission.
This decision is now in the Courts and we need your help to get this message out there. If more people take a stand, the better chance we have of influencing the governments decision. Wild places like the Peel Watershed are more valuable than the resources they contain. They deserve our protection!
Professional Editor: 8k, Sound Engineer: 5k, Music Production and Rights: 3k, Mastering: 3k, Kickstarter Rewards/Fees: 3.5k, Insurance: 1k, Film Festivals: 1.5k
Note: None of the team are taking a fee. This project was never about making money. Just bringing something unique and powerful to the world. Any additional money will be put towards a global marketing campaign to extend our reach.
Our Teaser Trailer
Photos from the Trip
Risks and challenges
The greatest threat to wildlife is thinking that someone else will save it.
There are few places in the world that are this sacred and the risk is that not enough people will be aware of it, to protect it and do something about it.
Remember the true gobal superpower, is public opinion.
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