Filmed on the great Mackenzie River, this short fiction film recreates the amazing voyage of the man who gave his name to it. Following the path outlined in Mackenzie's journal, the film depicts his arduous journey by canoe all the way to the salt water of the Arctic Ocean - one of the great epics of northern exploration.
Ages 10 to 13
Study Guide - Guide 1
Geography - The Arctic
History - Early Canadian Exploration (1600s-1800s)
Indigenous Studies - History/Politics
Trace Mackenzie’s journey on the map. How was his voyage important for Canada? How different would the expedition be today – i.e.: navigation; travel; food and shelter? Study the fur trade between Europeans and Native communities. Do you consider Mackenzie to be a hero? Determine Mackenzie’s beliefs / attitudes about Aboriginal people. Perform parts of the film as a skit; research famous explorers; study children’s novels about travel in the north (e.g. Farley Mowat).