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Six Mates. Six Rivers. Three Canoes. Two Months. One Mission: Save the Peel Watershed! Read more

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Six Mates. Six Rivers. Three Canoes. Two Months. One Mission: Save the Peel Watershed!

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About this project

Hey Backers. We have something special here and we need your help to reach its true potential.

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.

Our Mission:

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.

Map of the Trip
Map of the Trip

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. 

80% Protection to 71% Development
80% Protection to 71% Development

 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! 

More Information

For more information on the adventure check out our website www.paddleforthenorth.org and facebook page facebook.com/paddleforthenorth.
For more information on the Peel Watershed check out http://protectpeel.ca/

Money Breakdown

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

First Nations Family we spent the afternoon with on the Peel River
First Nations Family we spent the afternoon with on the Peel River
Aberdeen Canyon on the Peel River
Aberdeen Canyon on the Peel River
Working hard on the Rat River
Working hard on the Rat River
Sailing on the Porcupine River
Sailing on the Porcupine River
Running Rapids on the Peel River
Running Rapids on the Peel River
Fishing Inconnu on the Peel
Fishing Inconnu on the Peel
Entering the Taiga Mountains on the Hart
Entering the Taiga Mountains on the Hart
Oily Reflection on the Husky Channel
Oily Reflection on the Husky Channel
Paddling on the Bell River
Paddling on the Bell River
Windy Sunset
Windy Sunset

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.

We really need you the reader to take control of this and share it with your friends and family. You are our connection to the world . Together we can create something incredible.

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    $1 reward

    5 backers

    You OFFICIALLY support the Protection of the Peel Watershed.
    We will send you one of the best photos of the trip to say thanks!

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    $25 reward

    19 backers

    A 1080p digital download of the Documentary. Plus access to exclusive sneak peaks and footage
    Plus rewards #1

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    $50 reward

    8 backers

    3x Limited Edition Photocards and/or Photo Prints (8"x10" or 20cm x 25cm) . Featuring the best images of the trip and a personal thank you message
    Plus rewards #1 and #2

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    $75 reward

    11 backers

    Your NAME in the credits. You will officially be apart of the Paddle for the North Documentary
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    $100 reward

    6 backers

    One 45cm x 30cm (18"x12") Canvas photoprint or 2015 Calender. Select from any photo on the website or Facebook page.

    Plus rewards #1-4

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    1 backer

    Complete customizable photo print. You pick the size (restrictions apply), photo, base (canvas, acrylic, metal) and style.

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    Limited edition 42page Photo Book featuring Photos and Descriptions of the trip.

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    Get the MAP! Receive a Digital Download of the map with GPS coordinates of our route, a Hard Copy map, and detailed logistics behind the trip.

    Plus rewards 1 - 5

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    $2,000 reward

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    SPONSOR the trip! Your name or company as an official sponsor on the credits as well the www.paddleforthenorth.org website.

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    Producer: Your credit as Producer of Paddle for the North. Inspire adventure, raise conservation awareness, and promote a future with open spaces to explore.

    Plus rewards #1-5, 7, 8

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