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Song of the Paddle (1978)

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The Mason family - father Bill Mason, mother Joyce Mason, daughter Becky Mason and son Paul Mason - take a canoe and camping trip down a river in northwestern Ontario and along the shores ... See full summary »

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Joyce Mason ... Herself (canoeist)
Becky Mason ... Herself (canoeist)
Paul Mason ... Himself (canoeist)
Bill Mason ... Himself (canoeist)
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The Mason family - father Bill Mason, mother Joyce Mason, daughter Becky Mason and son Paul Mason - take a canoe and camping trip down a river in northwestern Ontario and along the shores of Lake Superior. This trip is only one of several such the family have done as Bill and Joyce took Becky and Paul on their first canoe experience when they were only infants. The parents want to expose their children to nature in all its good and bad and most importantly to respect it. They assess the more dangerous aspects of the river traverse before deciding to paddle or portage. And once they hit Lake Superior, they are forced to camp until the waves subside. Even then, the trek on the lake is only in areas where Bill is familiar, so that they can take refuge in a cove if the elements turn on them. Along the way, they encounter wildlife, some native rock paintings and spectacular scenery. Written by Huggo

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Captivating
23 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

On the surface of it, almost a family's home movie about a canoe trip along the Lake Superior shore, but so much more. It is photographically beautiful and the feelings among the Mason family really come through on the screen.

I saw this one for the first time a few years after Waterwalker. The tone is less serious, but the message is much the same: that being a reverence for nature , however in this case how important it is to convey it to our children.

Excellent family viewing: not as syrupy or artificial as many "family friendly" shows, yet excellent viewing for people in any age range,


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