If you've ever dipped a paddle into the water and escaped from the world in a canoe, director Goh Iromoto's new documentary will speak to you in ways few movies can. Aptly titled "The Canoe," the 26-minute documentary is drenched with gorgeous cinematography and inspiring stories from paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada.

'The Canoe' focuses on the stories of of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada.
'The Canoe' focuses on the stories of of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada. (Photo: The Canoe)

"This film captures the human connection and bond created by Canada’s well-known craft & symbol, the canoe," Iromoto told Canoe & Kayak. "Through the stories of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada – a majestic background both in it’s landscape & history – the film underscores the strength of the human spirit and how the canoe can be a vessel for creating deep and meaningful connections."

Filmmaker Goh Iromoto says his start with paddling at the age 7 inspired a lifelong deep connection with nature.
Filmmaker Goh Iromoto says his start with paddling at the age 7 inspired a lifelong deep connection with nature. (Photo: The Canoe)

While "The Canoe" is Iromoto's third short film to promote Canadian tourism, the piece is not your typical advertising.

"It’s a new model for us,” tourism coordinator Steve Bruno said. “It’s not meant to be an Ontario Tourism commercial. It’s meant to be deeper and more in line with people’s values. The fact that 'The Canoe' has been picked up by 55 film festivals demonstrates that."
Iromoto's short film features a beautiful and painstaking attention to detail.
Iromoto's short film features a beautiful and painstaking attention to detail. (Photo: The Canoe)

Perhaps even more incredible than the final product is that only two people were required to capture it: Iromoto and his partner, Courtney Boyd.

"Between the two of us, we did almost everything," he told Marmoset. "From sound, to filming, to camera assisting, to media managing — everything. So, that makes logistics easier in a way, because as long as we could get there with the gear we needed, we can get the shot."

Despite being initially created as a tourism vehicle for Ontario, 'The Canoe' has since been picked up by 55 film festivals.
Despite being initially created as a tourism vehicle for Ontario, 'The Canoe' has since been picked up by 55 film festivals. (Photo: The Canoe)

Iromoto is also quick to point out that what you're seeing on screen is exactly what they saw out on the rivers and lakes they visited.

"We were definitely blessed with unbelievable conditions," he added. "Some of the shots that you see in there seemed so magical when we were filming — the sunrises sunsets, even the misty conditions. I know they're common and things that a lot of people can relate to, but at the same time, it just seemed so convenient or almost fateful to have these sort of conditions for us."

You can learn more about Iromoto's work at his website, and you can view the full "Canoe" documentary in all its beauty and tranquility below: