Canmore, Alberta and the Nine Minute Moto Film Festival


Highway 93 has led us to the Trans Canada Highway again, somewhere between Lake Louise and Banff, surely one of the most beautiful places in the Rocky Mountains.

Brian and I are excited to see our friend, Nevil, and to meet his wife, Michelle, and their daughter.  They have graciously offered us a room for a few days on our way east.  Nevil rode all the way around the world two summers ago and we were lucky enough to meet him at the finish line at Cape Spear, Newfoundland.  He’s an incredible guy, and his “garage-aritas” are legendary.

When we arrive we have a present waiting for us….thanks to Sharon Faith. The Divine Miss Faith and I haven’t actually met yet in person, but we are old Facebook friends and she is an amazing presence in the moto-community.  She messaged me just when I needed it one day a few weeks back and asked if we would be interested in a care package. And while we haven’t had an address to send one to for so long, we know we will eventually get to Nevil’s so she sweetly send us a box of goodies in care of the Stow family. It’s like two years of Christmas all neatly and lovingly packed into this box of heaven.

Thank you, Sharon!  Kisses and hugs to you.

We arrive on a Wednesday (at least I think it was….) and promptly slept and laundered and ate and drank for two days with the wonderful Stows.  And then we headed out to Dead Man’s Flats, just a few miles east of Canmore, for the event of the CENTURY….the Nine Minute Moto Film Festival.  This is Nevil’s creation and we are lucky enough to have stumbled into the first annual gathering of the finest moto films.

The local group of riders, Nevils friends, are great people…so funny, so friendly, and so welcoming.

And a few heated games of Pass the Pigs later….

We camp for two nights and wander over to the Mad Dogs and Englishmen Pub/Café for our meals and for the festival itself.  The owners are friends of Nevil and Michelle, and they run sled dogs…how cool is that!

I’m amazed at the great local talent…but then with the great riders in this area, why wouldn’t there also be great moto movies?!  We get treated to all sorts of films over the next couple of hours…one on a trip to the Yukon, one on Antarctica, photos and slide shows of rides across parts of Canada and parts of all over our beautiful planet. I get to meet two fellow Jupiters Travellers, Issa and Nita, and see James, the friend who accompanied Nevil to the finish line at Cape Spear and meet his lovely new bride.  It’s one of the funnest nights we have had in a while.

Nevil promises to make this an annual event, and maybe even do a mid-year version…and I certainly hope he does.

Can’t wait for the next one!

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