Skip to main content
500 Days in the Wild film image; person hiking through snow

After tackling Everest in her 2012 film 40 Days at Base Camp, Dianne Whelan decided to trek across Turtle Island, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans, along the Trans-Canada Trail… all 24, 000 km of it. There were problems: for a start, the trail is still very much a work in progress, and some stretches are on-road… (She decided to cycle those parts, kayak others, and ski sections too.) After just ten days Dianne threw away her optimistic two year (500 day) schedule. In the end, it would take her six years to complete. No small feat for anyone in their 50s. This is her journey, hard-fought wisdom, calluses et al.


Dianne Whelan

Country of Origin







Audience Award, Whistler Film Festival

124 min

Book Tickets

Sunday April 21

4:00 pm
Hearing Assistance
VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre
Book now Limited availability


Executive Producer

Christine Haebler


Betsy Carson


Dianne Whelan, Tanya Maryniak


Tanya Maryniak

Original Music

David F. Ramos

Also Playing

Chicken For Linda!

Husband and wife duo Chiara Malta and Sébastien Laudenbach (The Girl Without Hands) evoke the freewheeling farcical slapstick spirit of Jacques Tati and the palette of Henri Matisse in this sparkling animated gem for all ages.

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World

Radu Jude takes two days in the life of a stressed Romanian p.a. and gives us an urgent, pissed off, sourly funny polemic on the state of late capitalism. Exploitation, discrimination and hypocrisy are his targets; dialectics are his dynamite.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre

Before I Change My Mind

Trevor Anderson's coming of age movie -- set in Edmonton, 1987 -- slyly subverts expectations, embracing complexity and contradiction in its nuanced take on fledgling identities, while delivering laugh-out-loud moments and big emotional showdowns.

VIFF Centre - Lochmaddy Studio Theatre

A Matter of Life and Death

In this splendid WWII fantasy, RAF pilot Peter (David Niven) cheats death when his plane is downed over the Channel. Washing up on an English beach, he must plead his case for a life extension in the highest court of them all...

VIFF Centre - Vancity Theatre