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Song of the Paddle

Song of the Paddle

| 40 min

This documentary features outdoorsman Bill Mason and his family as they camp and canoe in the wilderness. The film fosters an appreciation for the art of canoeing while celebrating the sheer joy and beauty of nature. Along their trip, the Masons experience countless adventures and some breathtaking scenery, including indigenous rock carvings by Lake Superior.

  • director
    Bill Mason
  • canoeist
    Joyce Mason
    Becky Mason
    Paul Mason
    Bill Mason
  • song composer
    David Campbell
  • singer
    David Campbell
  • original music
    Larry Crosley
  • photography
    Ken Buck
  • picture editing
    Bill Mason
  • sound editing
    John Knight
    Ken Page
  • post-sync effects
    Ken Page
  • commentary
    Joyce Mason
    Bill Mason
  • location sound recording
    Bev Davidson
  • music recording
    Roger Lamoureux
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • unit administrator
    Janet Preston
  • producer
    William Brind
    Marrin Canell
  • executive producer
    Arthur Hammond


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Ages 10 to 17

Physical Education - Outdoor Education
Science - Biology
Science - Earth Science and Geology
Science - Life Systems/Ecology

Useful as an introduction to the art of wilderness canoeing and camping. Useful for younger grades as an introduction to various wilderness animals that inhabit the land and waters of Lake Superior. Discussion topics could include the dangers of canoeing, how to run rapids safely, portaging and the preservation of the wilderness environment. Of interest is the importance of working together to ensure everyone’s safety and well-being.

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