Paddle Canada’s Waterwalker Film Festival is a tribute to the late Bill Mason, a great conservationist, canoeist, and filmmaker who cared passionately about his work and the wilderness. He wanted to share its beauty and to promote its protection. As he once said, “Film is for me a means of expressing my feelings about the things I enjoy, things I am concerned about, mostly the natural world”.
The Waterwalker Film Festival came together following Mason’s death to help continue his vision. We hope, through this festival, to raise public awareness and support for wilderness conservation by celebrating these films from around the world on canoeing, kayaking, safety, conservation, and protection of our waterways.
The festival has now become known throughout North America and Internationally. Host sites, sponsors, and filmmakers all play an important role in helping to carry on Bill Mason’s legacy. Entries to the festival encompass an exciting range of locations, content, and styles. Both amateur and professional filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films from around the world.
Waterwalker is a non-profit initiative run by volunteers. Our mission is to provide an accessible and affordable film festival that paddle lovers across North America can offer to their local communities. Our host fees are very low and with proceeds supporting our Bill Mason Memorial Scholarship fund.
2021 Festival Available now!!!!
Questions? Drop us an email, [email protected]
Purchase a ticket to view the award-winning films from the comfort of your own screen!
Host a screening with your club, shop, outfitters, or a group of friends!
Search for a hosted festival near you! This list will be updated when available
Do you have a film you would like to submit for the 2022 Waterwalker Film Festival? Submissions are now OPEN