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Into the Arctic II

Cory Trapanier Posted by Cory Trapanier in The Travel Adventurers January 13th, 2014

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cory Trepanier’s Into The Arctic II is an Art-adventure documentary; Cory has explored and painted some of the wildest places in Canada.


 
Into The Arctic II
took Cory from his home in southern Ontario, on a three-month-long journey into some of the least traveled regions of Canada. When he reached the end of the road, he took to the air, flying into  remote areas where he was dropped off. There he trekked through this wilderness filming and painting. With a tent for a home, he battles challenging weather and arctic wildlife as he lays paint on canvas, capturing the incredible arctic landscape. In 2013 the film was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (formerly the Gemini awards). Category: Best Performing Arts Program or Series or Arts Documentary Program or Series.
 
From his journal Trapanier writes:
 
   Hanging on tight, I wiped the salt-water spray from my eyes as the image of a massive iceberg came into focus. I was in Canada’s far north, bouncing around in a 24-foot cedar freighter canoe along the north coast of Baffin Island, Nunavut. Inuit guides Sam and Jayko were leading me into a land like no other.
 
The iridescent whites and blues of the iceberg were spectacular, but looking past it caused my jaw to drop even further. A solid sheer wall of granite rose from the depths of the ocean and past the waterline for a kilometer, dwarfing the berg and, unbelievably, making it seem like a floating mini marshmallow. Craning my neck way up, I saw a crowning mass of glacier, draping over the walls upper edge, gushing fresh water back down the rock face, to eventually join the ocean below.
 
I was entering Sam Ford Fiord, and I was speechless... Again.
 
Cory Trapanier's painting of Wilberforce Falls, Nunavut, Canada
 

 
I had launched my Into The Arctic project, an endeavor to explore, paint and film the Canadian Arctic, from the west to east and from north to south. A collection of 50 original oil paintings are approaching completion, while my two Into The Arctic films are airing in numerous channels in Canada, including CBC Doc and HI FI, and on networks internationally.
 
Three Canadian Arctic expeditions have opened my eyes to some of the world’s most spectacular wilderness wonders. And they are right here in Canada’s backyard. These trips also gave new meaning to the word vast, and what it’s like to feel real small.
 

 
Ivvavik National Park
, in the northwest corner of the Yukon, was like stepping back in time as I hiked through the ragged, skyward-jutting rocky tors. A vast and untouched land, these are the most ancient mountains in North America, with endless views that strained my ability to take it all in.
 
Arctic wolves are "white ghost" visitors
Three flights, totaling nine hours, landed me near the top of the world at Lake Hazen in Quttinirpaaq National Park. Kicking off a month on Ellesmere Island with a nine day hike to the remote Henrietta Nesmith Glacier, whose icy mass is so huge that it shapes the local weather. Like white ghosts, Arctic Wolves kept us company, even surrounding my brother Carl and I at our tent one heart-pounding evening.
 
Boating into Auyuittuq from the north side, I entered deep into Coronation Fiord, home to a three kilometers wide glacier by the same name. Flanked by kilometer-high mountains, the back of the glacier, over 35 kilometers away, gave way to the massive Penny Ice Cap, covering almost 6,000 square kilometers of the Baffin Island.
 
From the outset of my project, I had hoped to find one scene in particular that would become the centerpiece of my Into The Arctic Collection. A view that could evoke in others the experience of being in the Arctic, Coronation Fiord was it.
 
FFA rjfranklin1@dslextreme.com — trailer Wilberforce Falls http://vimeo.com/22002807
 

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