Wish You Where Here Now

Within moments, you'll feel like you are out on the water.

Spend the next 26 minutes feeling like you're on the water

This incredible short documentary, winner of Reel Paddling Film Festival, Oregan Film Festival, WaterWalker Film Festival and finalist in the Banff Mountain Film Festival, as well as selected to be shown on National Geographic and Canoe and Kayak, captures the human connection and bond created by Canada’s well-known craft and symbol, the canoe. It will make you want to drop everything and get out on the water right now.

Through the stories of five paddlers across the province of Ontario, Canada—a majestic background both in its 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.  

If you're short on time, Get a quick paddling fix by WATCHING THE 2-MINUTE TRAILER 

The Story Behind the Film 

I started paddling around the age of seven throughout the waters of Ontario. Thanks to the canoe, I’ve made some lifelong friends and connections, not to mention memories and stories that I’ll never forget.

I came to realize that the canoe was more than just a simple vessel, and I wanted to show how several other paddlers similar to me created strong intimate connections alongside the canoe. It really gave me great joy to see how rich the mosaic of stories I encountered were. Whether they were young or old, or from various cultural backgrounds, individuals were taking the traditional Canadian craft and seeking new meaning with it. For me, the diverse paddlers I met while filming this project represented a Canada that has grown and evolved since its birth 150 years ago—and something that I was able to stand proud of today.

I’ve continued to paddle my whole life, and plan to do so for a very long time. Seeing and hearing these stories made me appreciate and realize how important the canoe is to my life. To all the paddlers out there (and to those who want to start), this film is for you. Keep on paddling. 

About Goh Iromoto

Goh’s curiosity about stories of the human spirit and his passion for outdoor adventure shines through his award-winning documentary filmmaking and photography. In 2016, he recieved the Canadian Society of Cinematographers' award for Best Webeo Cinematography and was nominated for best branded content as well as several other awards. 

In 2015, Goh’s film, We Belong To It, won the Best Canoeing Film Award in both the Reel Paddling Film Festival and the Waterwalker Film Festival. This film has been played at film festivals across the world. In his latest film, The Path of Grey Owl, Goh follows Ray Mears, British adventure traveller and TV personality, on a journey of discovery deep into the backcountry of the Temagami region, where Englishman Archie Belaney transformed himself into the legendary Grey Owl.