All that is gold…

All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.

J. R. R. Tolkien

As I humbly go out on this next endeavor to make a film and write a book about the Trans Canada Trail, I shall share here stories, short video’s, and photographs of the journey along with portraits of indie filmmakers, musicians, storytellers, and people of the land.

There are many threads pulling at my spirit leading me to walk away from my house, car and comforts to sleep in a tent for two years as I attempt to hike, bike and paddle a 24000km trail. And over the next two years many of those ideas and reflections will be shared here. But I also hope to build a community with other artists and storytellers and to a create a place for their authentic and sincere self expressions.

For many months, I have wrestled with the soul of this next film, and the process of making it. I realize that some things shouldn’t have a corporate logo branded across them and the trail that connects us all is one of them. So this is an indie project, made in collaboration with other indie artists and supporting through barter and exchange independent people with small businesses that are sincere expressions of purpose and passion.

My good friend Brandon has a huge tattoo on his arm that says, be the change. Somehow the machines we created to help us are now controlling us. As an old fisherman once said to me, we used to live in a society, now we live in an economy. So the trail is a gateway to the old ways, to time when our relationship to the earth was sacred, when we lived with, not upon. Maybe everything we need to know we have forgotten. I travel the trail to remember.



  1. Edmund Arceo May 27, 2015 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Dianne! I wish you all the best on your new adventure!

  2. laurie verchomin May 29, 2015 at 8:00 am - Reply

    You are the way. We are listening.

  3. Karen Arnold May 29, 2015 at 8:48 am - Reply

    Beautiful words and inspirational reasoning. I’m already feeling the influence of your journey – looking forward to it’s unfolding. Very best of wishes, my friend. Let me know if/how I can help you in this region.
    Love the quote!

  4. Paula Howley May 29, 2015 at 10:56 am - Reply

    I am so enthused by this adventure. That fisherman’s quote- that we live in an economy, not a society, rings frightfully true and I think that every step we take in the direction of society is heroic these days. We need to find each other again. We need to find ourselves again. I’m so glad you are doing this and look forward to sharing what you learn. Blessings.

  5. Carole Rubin May 29, 2015 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Sending you love and healing prayers for your brave journey to remember and return to the sacred.

  6. Priscilla Clark May 29, 2015 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    We’ll share this link in the next YHS newsletter. Looking forward to following your journey! Godspeed!

  7. Ed leblanc June 2, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Dianne I’ve known you all your life and that’s what make you perfect for this challenge good luck God speed Ed and Imelda

  8. Evelyn von Almassy June 23, 2015 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Hi Dianne ~ We are thinking about you here on Haida Gwaii! It has been hot these past five weeks, and, I know it is hard to believe, hardly any rain. Lots of light and love, Ev

  9. Anne Davison June 29, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    When you come across western Manitoba (between Wasagaming – Clear Lake, and Russell, perhaps I will be able to catch an interview or a photo of you on the trail.

    Wishing you the best.


    • Dianne Whelan July 2, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Look forward Anne. Best. Dee

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