THUNDER BAY, ON ------- May 7, 2015 --- The Lakehead Canoe Club of Thunder Bay, is hosting its very first film festival to kick off the spring paddling season.
The Waterwalker Film Festival will be held on May 22, 2015 at The Finlandia Club, Thunder Bay. The festival is put together by Paddle Canada, the governing body for national paddling certifications.
The festival will be a tribute to the late Bill Mason. Mason was a great conservationist, canoeist and filmmaker. For Mason, film was about more than just entertainment.
“The medium of film is for me a means of expressing my love and enjoyment of the natural world, and of sharing my concern for what’s happening to it with anybody who looks and listens,” he said.
Mason wanted to inspire others to dedicate themselves to the enjoyment and conservation of Canada’s wilderness and waterways. The Lakehead Canoe Club has chosen to host the Waterwalker Film Festival with much the same intention.
“We want to inspire you to explore our lakes and rivers and get involved with our local paddling community,” said Volker Kromm, their long standing Commodore.
The canoe club has been a well-kept secret in Thunder Bay’s paddling community. You may have seen the large green building on Boulevard Lake and wondered, what is that building used for? That is The Lakehead Canoe Club’s boathouse, clubhouse and even its Summer Paddle Camp headquarters. While not always in its current building or location, the club has been operating in Thunder Bay for 31 years.
This summer, the club will move again as Boulevard Lake is drained for dam repairs. While these crucial repairs are being made, the club will be operating from the McKellar Island Public Boat Launch. You just can’t keep these guys off the water.
Join the crew in kicking off the paddle season at the Finlandia, May 22. Watch the films, learn more about the club, the changes happening there, and maybe even meet a few new paddling partners.
The Waterwalker Film Festival
May 22, 2015
Films start at 7:30
Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door
Tickets are available at The Wilderness Supply, 244 Pearl St and Fresh Air, 831 May st N