Released on February 15, 2017.

This is the story of something old that exists in a new world.

A story about adapting traditions and recognizing their use before they are forgotten. But this is not a story about living in the past.

Keepers of the Trail is a documentary film by David Hartman that follows a group of nine winter travellers as they walk north between Canada’s two great rail lines. The group travels by traditional methods handed down by those who used this land to survive. These methods have been developed and fine-tuned for centuries and they simply work better than anything else in this landscape. Garrett Conover is an underground legend among those who still travel the boreal forest in this manner. Keepers of the trail silently witnesses him passing on the torch to the next generation as the group navigates a harsh and beautiful winter environment.


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David Hartman


David Hartman

Lure of the North

Laurentian University


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