Artist, filmmaker, and explorer Cory Trépanier travels to Canada's most remote and fragile landscapes to paint. Along the way, he encounters immense icebergs, breathtaking waterfalls, packs of Arctic wolves, and perilous conditions. His quests, captured on canvas and film, bring audiences closer to our planet's wildest places, and provide important lessons on leadership, the pursuit of excellence, teamwork, and motivation.

Cory Trepanier Keynote for Parks Canada at GoMedia 2012, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada
Video blog includes segments of Into The Arctic Keynote at GoMedia 2012. Audience was media and tourism partners from around the globe. Cory also visited Kluane National Park, and got a little taste of it's wonders.
Cory Trépanier is the only landscape painter/filmmaker/explorer in North America. He has directed, edited, written, hosted, and even shot much of his films, which include A Painter’s Odyssey, Into The Arctic, the Canadian Screen Award-nominated Into The Arctic II and TrueWild: Kluane.

His marriage of landscape painting, film, and wild places has led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including: a knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack filled with painting, filming, and camping gear; ravaging hoards of mosquitoes eating him while painting at the edge of the highest waterfall in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves considering him as their next prey; canoeing up to an immense iceberg to paint it from the unique floating point of view; and painting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields 10,000 feet from the largest non-polar ice fields on earth—all for the sake of his art.

The Coast To Canvas Project was Trépanier’s first multi-media project, which saw him paint and film along the rugged coastlines of Lake Superior and Georgian Bay for a month in each season, accompanied by his wife and two and five year old daughters.

Into The Arctic followed, a collection of 50 paintings and two films from one end of the Canadian Arctic to the other through three extensive expeditions. His family joined him for the first leg, a 2.5 month-long trek to the western Canadian Arctic when his daughters were then seven and 11 years old. Cory then mounted 2 more expeditions taking him to Baffin Island and Ellesmere Island, each for a month, and numerous other Arctic locations. In addition, he created 2 films airing on numerous channels in Canada and internationally, including CBC, HIFI, Bravo, Canal D, APTN), and toured his Into The Arctic II film, presenting the incredible north on the big screen in 11 cities.

In 2013, diverting his attention away from the Canadian Arctic slightly for a couple of years, Cory launched the first chapter of TrueWild: A Legacy for the National Parks, with a one month painting and filming expedition to the Yukon’s Kluane National Park & Reserve. Though Cory’s passion for painting and filming in the wild, TrueWild is, and will continue in future chapters, to engage many with our planet’s wild places.

Now, in 2015, Cory has re-set his focus way north once more, and will embark on a 2 month Into The Arctic: The Last Chapter expedition. His 4th Arctic journey will beginning in July, and will add another 20 paintings to his Into the Arctic Collection, bringing the total to 75, and see the production of 1 more film, completing his Into The Arctic trilogy.

In the process, the expedition will also see Cory explore and paint in Aulavik and Ukkusiksalik, bringing to his painting collection works from ALL SEVEN Canadian Arctic national parks.

Through his original and passionate vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking and online media, Cory hopes to inspire others with our planet’s natural wonders.

Trépanier has appeared on Canada AM, Global’s The Morning Show, CBC Radio, as a feature story in Global’s 16x9:The Bigger Picture, and in the Toronto Star, among others.

He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of the Explorer’s Club.

Phone: (905) 880-2029

Greg Klassen
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Canadian Tourism Commission

“Cory was the keynote speaker at our International media event in Whitehorse in 2012 to a room of international travel writers and bloggers.  Talk about a tough audience!  Engaging travel writers and bloggers who have travelled the world covering the most exotic, interesting and off the beaten track destinations and experiences can be a daunting task. Cory had them captivated. His combination of stories where art meets the wilderness in Canada’s great north were authentic and engaging and left the audience clamouring for more.”
B. Eric Rhoads, Publisher of PleinAir Magazine

"Cory is not only a compelling speaker, he holds the audience with a tight grip as they cling to every word. Cheers were heard across the hall following his presentation.”
The Hamilton Association for Advancement of Science, Literature and Art

"The Hamilton Association asked Cory Trepanier to deliver the Dr. John Rae Memorial Lecture this year to celebrate Hamilton's 'own' Arctic explorer and his love of the North. Cory provided a memorable evening for our discerning audience. He is not only a fine artist and film maker who undertook a fascinating but daunting adventure, he is also an engaging, professional-calibre speaker. The beauty of his images, the wondrous landscape, and his northern narrative, which lightened drama with self-deprecating humour, had our audience captivated. If it had been a theatre and not a lecture hall, he would certainly have been called back for encores.”
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