Ride the Great Divide
Fur traders who mapped most of Canada were guided by Iroquois, Métis and native guides. Early voyageurs and explorers braved the natural elements, and were challenged by a seemingly impassible barrier when they reached the Alberta Rocky Mountains. Iroquois guides led legendary explorers like Alexander McKenzie, David Thompson and others over five (5) mountain routes. The first expedition through the Canadian Rockies was organized by Alexander McKenzie up the Peace River and over to Bella Coola. The next attempt was through Howse Pass, then Athabasca Pass, the Smoky River Pass and finally the Yellowhead Pass. Today these mountain passes are part of the world famous Great Divide Trail.
Ride the Great Divide is a documentary that will feature a trail crew on an expedition, sharing their efforts to restore the almost forgotten trade routes. Some of the trail hands are descended from the Iroquois voyageurs who travelled west 200 years ago. This production is a 3-part ½-hour docuseries that details the story of mountain men who are committed to rebuilding the historic and culturally important trail network. The rehabilitation of these trails is challenging due to massive floods, river erosion, fire and neglect.
The 3-part series will feature the challenges of trail life during the spring, summer, fall and preparing for the winter season. The production will reveal an intriguing story, featuring a little-known history and a distinctive culture of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains. The documentary will reveal a rich exposé detailing a simpler way of life, taking the audience back in time one hundred years. It will share the history, customs and culture of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.