In 2021, two childhood friends from Quebec City embarked on a never-before-attempted adventure that now ranks among the longest wilderness expeditions ever accomplished in Canada. Advancing by ski, canoe and bicycle, Nicolas Roulx and Guillaume Moreau are the first people to cross Canada in the North-South axis. It took them 8 months to cover 7600 km by human power: a distance equivalent to 19% of the Earth’s circumference. Along the way, they soon realized why no one had attempted this feat before.

Canada Vertical is the story of this extraordinary expedition, which can be seen as a breathless thriller in which we discover that the worst obstacles are not the ones we thought. The film offers a refreshingly humble perspective on modern ways of looking at our adventures in the 21st century, far removed from the well-documented routes to the poles and the 7 summits, at a time when (almost) the entire planet has already been mapped and traversed.

With the members of the AKOR EXPEDITION

Directed by LAURENT POLIQUIN | Produced and co-directed by NICOLAS ROULX | Pictures from the expedition NICOLAS ROULX

Director of photography (interviews) KEVIN LYNCH | Editing OLIVIER MAINGUY | Sound LOUIS-PHILIPPE HASBUN


The film is now running in multiple festivals around the world and therefore, is not yet available on the Internet. Nicolas and Guillaume are delighted to be ambassadors for the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s 2024 Quebec tour. They will be in Quebec’s major cities from mid-January to mid-March to present their film Canada vertical and sell their book 234 jours.

Fascinated by adventure films? Reserve your seat at one of the Banff Mountain Film Festival’s shows this winter!

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