The Snow Walker

Director: Charles Martin Smith Year: 2004 Run Time: 110min
The Snow Walker (Le détour) (2003)

When Arctic bush pilot Charlie Halliday (Pepper) is given two rare walrus tusks by a group of Inuit, he agrees to fly a mission of mercy, transporting a sick girl (Piugattuk) to a hospital. It’s the early 1950s, and the brash pilot has flown through the Arctic for years without seriously thinking about the people who live there or how they survive.

Everything changes when Charlie’s plane goes down in the wilderness, leaving him alone with the young girl. Forced to rely on each other, the two form a bond of friendship as the summer months quickly end and winter’s harsh conditions begin to take hold. Based on a story by acclaimed Canadian author Farley Mowat, this is a beautifully rendered tale, set in the gorgeous but desolate Arctic. Director Smith played a key role in an earlier Mowat adaptation, Never Cry Wolf.

The Snow Walker is a powerful, poignant and transcendent film.” — Bruce Kirkland, Jam! Movies


Charles Martin Smith


Charles Martin Smith


Rob Merilees, William Vince


Barry Pepper, Annabella Piugattuk, James Cromwell


Action/Adventure, Drama


English, Dubbed in French

Closed Captioning:

Dubbed in French, EN CC


The Snow Walker is set in Manitoba and filmed in Manitoba, Nunavut, and British Columbia.

Ratings by Province:

PG Alberta
PG British Columbia
PG Manitoba
PG New Brunswick
NR Newfoundland and Labrador
PG Nova Scotia
PG Northwest Territories
PG Nunavut
PG Ontario
PG Prince Edward Island
G Québec
PG Saskatchewan
NR Yukon