Dianne Whelan

January & February 2019

Dianne Whelan is an award-winning Canadian filmmaker and photographer . In  2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her documentary film 40 Days at Base Camp.The film had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival and was the opening night film at the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2011. She is the first woman to shoot a film on the world’s highest mountain.

The subject of her first book This Vanishing Land references her experience as an embedded media person on a historical Sovereignty Patrol in the Canadian High Arctic. Her National Film Board documentary This Land is based on the same journey and has won several awards, including Best Short Documentary at both the Planet in Focus Film Festival in Toronto and the 2010 Leo Awards for BC film and television. A multi-media web project on her Arctic journey won Best Small Multimedia Site at the Online Journalism Awards and was nominated for best art at SXSW. The site was also nominated for a 2011 Gemini award for Best Original Program or Series Produced for Digital Media – Non-Fiction.

Her current project is a feature film 500 Days in the Wild an unfolding story that ebbs and flows between documentary and adventure film, taking us into the realm of myth and legend. It is a 5-year ecological and reconciliation pilgrimage along the longest trail in the world – the 24,000 km Great Trail (the Trans Canada Trail) and combines stories of the land, the people and the communities she passes through.
Dianne’s films, books and multimedia projects are based on adventures and the blending of traditional wisdom with modern cultures.

Residency Proposal

Dianne is resident on Salt Spring in January and February, resting up for the next stage of her journey and working on editing the material collected on the Great Trail to date.


As an AiR pop up resident she will give a multimedia presentation about her current project on January 27th. at 2pm. In Mahon Hall.

Meet the Artist

Sponsors – Salt Spring Film Festival, Salt Spring Conservancy, Island Pathways and Salt Spring Trail & Nature Club

Visit Dianne Whelan’s website