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From award-winning filmmaker Dianne Whelan, Paramount+ in Canada presents its first original documentary, 500 Days in the Wild, chronicling Whelan’s incredible six-year journey as the first person to travel 24,000 km over land and water on the Trans Canada Trail—the longest trail in the world.

500 Days in the Wild weaves adventure, personal reflections, stunning wildlife and landscapes to document a unique ecological pilgrimage and journey towards reconciliation.

Winner of the prestigious Audience Award at the 2023 Whistler Film Festival, 500 Days in the Wild challenges our history as a nation and revisits our past and our connection to the land and its people. Just as Dianne was profoundly changed by her experience, 500 Days in the Wild gives audiences a window into their own possibilities in life.

As Dianne travels from one end of the country to the other, she meets Indigenous elders and communities, locals, and friends who walk and paddle with her. Admittedly, Dianne started alone, disillusioned with the state of the world, to look for different ways of caring for the land and for each other. The journey turned more complicated when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, yet after it all, she ended the expedition a bit wiser, more hopeful, in love, and with a passion to share this story.

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    • Dianne Whelan

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