Meet the woman who’s hiking, paddling and biking the entire Great Trail


She’s spent nearly five years hiking, paddling and biking The Great Trail of Canada — and she’s not finished yet.

On July 1st, 2015, filmmaker Dianne Whelan set out from St. John’s, Newfoundland, with the goal of completing the entire 24,000-kilometre trail solo. The expedition, called 500 Days in the Wild, is a journey of both self-discovery and reconciliation, seeking wisdom from those who live off the land. Whelan plans to eventually turn her adventures into a feature-length film.

“500 Days is symbolic of the 500 years settlers have been on this land,” she explains on her website. “This film will challenge us to revisit our past, our connection to the land and its people, to find our inclusive story that will carry us into the future.”

Watch as Dianne explains her journey in her own words:

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