Join Bazil Leonard, an authentic Mountain Man, and experience the wonders of Willmore Wilderness Park. He shares the Rocky Mountain culture and traditions, of life on horseback, and on the trapline. The Canadian Rockies Stories 2021 is a three-part 1/2-hour mini-series that will be aired on Wild TV, RFD TV and The Cowboy Channel.
DISCOVERING MT. DEVEBER
In 1992 Bazil Leonard acquired a trapline on the south side of Mt. deVeber, deep in Willmore Wilderness Park. The trails were badly neglected and in need of restoration. There was a lot to learn, and country to explore. Through persistence and determination, Bazil and his trail crew re-established the trail around the base of Mt. deVeber, a 200 km distance, over a 30-year period. Fifteen years after restoring the extensive trail network, Senator Leverett George deVeber descendants contacted Bazil, who outfitted them by horseback to the base of Mt. deVeber. They wanted to see the majesty of this great mountain that was named after their forefather. The universe works in mysterious way. This is true in the story of Bazil Leonard who recently found an unexpected personal connection to Mount deVeber. Join Bazil Leonard on a 21-day trip around Mt. deVeber as he shares his story of synchronicity and coincidence.
LIVING THE DREAM
Very few young people have the good fortune of experiencing the wilds of the Canadian Rockies from birth. “Living The Dream” follows Bazil Leonard’s grandson Kyle, who was raised in the Rocky Mountains. He decided to brings his young wife out to the wilderness. Paige grew up in the Alberta Prairie landscape and she wanted to learn the traditions of the trail.
Kyle Leonard is a descendant of Louis Karakuntie, one of the first Iroquois Voyageurs who arrived in the Canadian Rockies in the early 1800s. Kyle was raised in the outfitting business and has learned from his father and grandfathers horsemanship skills and how to live off the land. Follow this young mountain guide, as he introduces his wife to the history, traditions and culture of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
While on his trapline, Bazil Leonard meets Arthur Veitch learning the fine points of how to film animals that most Canadians never see. Arthur has all but given up traditional photography in his efforts to create provocative images and film foot-age of the almost invisible animals that prowl the Willmore Wilderness. Arthur is driven to create unique images of wild predators; images that are imbued with the spirit of the Willmore. He is an accomplished wildlife photographer with his images of cougars, lynx, bears, and wolves published in magazines like National Wildlife and Canadian Geographic. Arthur won runner up for two (2) Animal Portraits with the BBC Wildlife Camera-trap Photo Contest in 2013. Arthur was nominated for Best Cinematographer at the 2016 Alberta Film and Television Rosie Awards for Mountain Mustang; Best Cinematography for “Trials & Tribulations of Old Trailmen” in 2018 and for “The Forgotten Ones” in 2020.