Experience the splendour of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay through Cory’s eyes, art and narration as he explores and paints the Great Lakes Heritage Coast.


Winner: 2004 Waterwalker Film Festival (environment category)

Lake Superior … the largest fresh water body of water in the world.
Georgian Bay… home to thousands of islands draped in rich history.
Combined, their coasts stretch for over 4000 kilometres to form some of the most dramatic and beautiful landscapes in Canada.

Experience an intimate journey into this magnificent region through the eyes of an artist compelled to capture on canvas this remarkable land. Along with his young family, Cory Trépanier spent almost a month in each season exploring and painting this magnificent wilderness by canoe & kayak, on foot & by snowshoe.

Filmed over the entirety of the excursions, this documentary explores the creative process in the first person, bringing the viewer into the artist’s mind as he paints from the land, and from his canoe, on location. It shares the adventure of exploring and creating in these challenging environments, and the rewards of taking children into the wilderness, exposing them to fragile and important ecosystems.

This timeless, inspiring story will leave viewers with a greater appreciation for our environment, our families, and of course art, as they embark on a journey through an artist’s eyes, words and paintings.

Length: 43 minutes
Release: 2005

A Painter’s Odyssey: Screen Credits

Directed and Edited by: Janet and Cory Trépanier; George Cattapan

Narrated by: Cory Trépanier

Crew: Cory, Janet, Andie and Sydney Trépanier

Online Editor: Cory Trépanier

Videographers: Janet Trépanier; Cory Trépanier; Simon Bois; Alan Moriarty; Jim Clarke; Rick Snowden; Joel Cooper

Music by: George Cattapan

Thank you to our COAST TO CANVAS Partners:

Daler-Rowney; Old Downtown Gallery; Eureka; Swift Canoe & Kayak; Forwent; Naturally Superior Adventures; Wilderness Helicopters; Oceania; Colour Innovations; M-real; Ontario Parks; Parks Canada

Thank you to the following for their great assistance:

Matthew Alexander; Simon Bois; Rob Burns; Peter Burtch; Michael Burtch; Doug Caldwell; Ed Chevrette; Jim Clarke; Joel Cooper and Carol Dersch; Bryon Cosgrove; Ann Craig; Geoff Chandler and Brenda Chabot; Dan Couch; Mike Dorval; Jim Dyson; Bob Elliot; Chris Fiscek; Elaine Gay; Larry Henderson; Linda Horman; Gail Jackson; Darrell Keenie; Scott Kirby; Frank & Cindy Koelsch; Larry Mangotich; Greg Maude; Brad McCann; Gary & Joannie McGuffin; John Methanee; Ian Mettam; Chuck Miller; Blair Mills; Alan Moriarty; Melissa Murray; Robert & Robin Ogilvie; Al Pace & Lyn Ward; Shaun Parent; Rob Prosper; George Purvis; Ruby Qureshi; Pius Schneider; James and Francine Smedley; Cam & Brenda Snell; Rick Snowden; Bill Swift Jr; Roy and Mariette Trépanier; Linda Trapp; David Waye; Dave Wells; Michael Wardlow; Les Wronsky

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