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April 25-28, 2024

Drôme river, France


2024 opening film: “Canada Vertical”.

The Open Canoe Festival 2024 kicks off on Thursday, April 25 (21H30 in the tepee) with an extraordinary adventure film.

In 2021, two childhood friends from Quebec City set out on a never-before-attempted adventure that now ranks among the longest wilderness expeditions ever accomplished in Canada. Advancing by ski, canoe and bike, Nicolas Roulx and Guillaume Moreau are the first people to cross Canada in the North-South axis. It took them 8 months to cover 7600 km by human power: a distance equivalent to 19% of the Earth’s circumference. Along the way, they soon realized why no one had attempted this feat before.

“Canada Vertical” is the story of this extraordinary expedition, which can be watched like a breathless thriller as we discover that the worst obstacles are not the ones we think they are. The film offers a refreshingly humble perspective on modern ways of looking at our adventures in the 21st century, far from the well-documented routes to the poles and the 7 summits, at a time when (almost) the entire planet has already been mapped and traversed.

A film by Laurent Poliquin.

Screening in French with English subtitles. Thursday, April 25, 2024, 9H30, under the tepee.

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