Tim Jones, the leader and spokesperson of B.C.'s North Shore Rescue, died Sunday January 20 after collapsing on a trail while coming down from a rescue cabin on Mount Seymour. Read more
The search & rescue system in Canada is an emergency in the making. Ironically, the very system that should be ready to help us when we’re lost or injured in the great Canadian wilderness is sending out its own SOS call.
Stretched to its limits by the combination of an increasing number of outdoor adventurers and shrinking budgets, the SAR system relies to a massive extent on volunteers. Their skill and daring are impressive, but they’re putting their life on the line with every call - and sacrificing work and family commitments, all without pay.
Expectations of the patchwork system are also higher than ever because “weekend warriors” think they can call 911 or trigger a locator beacon from even the most remote wilderness. The traditional code of self-reliance is becoming lost, replaced by a false sense of security.
To the Rescue searches for the answer to an urgent question: who’s coming to the rescue of Canada’s haphazard search and rescue system?
Director of Photography
IAN KERR csc
Graphic Design & Animation
Online Editor & Colourist
Publicity and Outreach
Additional Rescue Footage
Chris Bray & Jess Taunton
Thea Caplan & Anthony Zwig
CTV News Stox
Parks Canada: Banff & Glacier National Parks
Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
Produced with the participation of the
Province of British Columbia
Film Incentive BC
In association with the
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
© Dreamfilm Productions Ltd. 2014
For Doc Zone