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So far Dianne Whelan has created 62 blog entries.

Portaging with Grace: Path of the Paddle, The Omimi Trail, September 2017

written by Ann Verrall (co-producer/co-director) When Dee first asked me to be involved in 500 Days it was to do some filming for 3 days in Nova Scotia when passed through on the trail. Now we are 2.5 years on and I am immersed in the project and journey in so many ways. Almost entirely

Portaging with Grace: Path of the Paddle, The Omimi Trail, September 2017 2017-11-23T05:57:56+00:00

The Animikii Trail. A tale of thunder, trust and healing

Animikii means thunderbird in Ojibwe. In their mythology they are eagles with supernatural power and strength who fight the underwater spirits. So it seemed a sign of good fortune that thunder shook the sky four of the seven days it took to paddle this 100km section. Most of those days were spent on the shore

The Animikii Trail. A tale of thunder, trust and healing 2017-11-23T05:57:56+00:00

An ending and a beginning. Beacons and ancient water trails

Lake Superior Water Trail. I arrived into Thunder Bay at 2:40am. There was no moon. No stars. But there was a fire. An ancient beacon lit by a friend so I could find my way.   After paddling 1000km and spending 105 days on the water and on the shore it feels like the water

An ending and a beginning. Beacons and ancient water trails 2017-11-23T05:57:56+00:00

Gichigami

"Maybe everything we need to know we have forgotten, this journey is a search for lost wisdom." If I were  a hobbit who left the shire, the wizards on this journey are the wise grandmothers and grandfathers, the lakes are the dragons. This one is called Mishipeshu. The Ojibwa name for Lake Superior is Gichigami which

Gichigami 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00

The Lake Superior water trail

After four  weeks of preparation which has included shipping all the winter gear to my cousin Derm in Winnipeg, finding maps, talking to local guides about the paddle route, filming and acquainting myself with the spirit of the largest fresh water lake in the world, and gathering all of the necessary gear for this long

The Lake Superior water trail 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00

The Voyageur Trail. From Blind River to Lake Superior

I learned at the very beginning of this journey in Newfoundland, the harder the rock, the kinder the people. And so it is in Northern Ontario. In these small towns, word still travels faster then internet and cell phones. Kind strangers come out of nowhere. The love finds you and feeds you pasta, plows a backroad

The Voyageur Trail. From Blind River to Lake Superior 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00

Laughing Water’s, a frontier tent & 31.7km of the Voyageur Trail

The Great Trail APP shows the route, km and elevation written by Ann Verrall The first section of Dianne’s journey on the Voyageur Trail passed through Mississauga First Nation territory. This relatively short distance is chalk full of contributions of knowledge, supplies, accommodations, meals and physical exertion. The beginning of a new section

Laughing Water’s, a frontier tent & 31.7km of the Voyageur Trail 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00

Wise grandmothers, love and the bomb

I am now on the Voyageur trail in Northern Ontario and for the next three weeks my friend Jenica will be hiking it with me. My next blog post will be all about our adventure on the Voyageur trail.  But todays blog post is about two Grandmothers I have met in Ontario. The first grandmother is

Wise grandmothers, love and the bomb 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00

Food Angels of Eden Mills, Ontario

Eden Mills is a bit off the trail but it is where my high school friend Barbara Walton lives with her partner Steve Bella. In September 2016 I was traveling with Dee during the Southern Ontario section so we had the support vehicle. We were fed beautiful organic meals, meet many Eden Mills folks at

Food Angels of Eden Mills, Ontario 2017-11-23T05:57:57+00:00