Waterwalker Film Festival

Waterwalker - Since 1987
The Waterwalker Film Festival, begun by the legendary Bill Mason in 1987, is Canada's longest-running Paddling Film Festival. It is now run by Paddle Canada.

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 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.

Proceeds from hosting fees going to support Paddle Canada‘s programs and the Bill Mason Scholarship. Support the Waterwalker, and you directly support paddling programs across Canada!


The 2022 Waterwalker FIlm Festival will be available soon!

Questions? Drop us an email, [email protected]