Mysteries of the Great Lakes is a timely film. All across the Great Lakes basin, there is a renewed interest in the health of the Lakes, and an increased awareness of the importance of this fresh water resource to the social and economic vitality of North America. Dubbed ‘inland seas’ by early European explorers, the Great Lakes have some of the most spectacular wilderness scenery on earth, and a fifth of all the planet’s fresh water. Today, 25 percent of all Canadians and 10 percent of Americans live on the Great Lakes. In addition, one in every three Canadians and one in every seven Americans rely on the Great Lakes for their fresh water.

Through several interlocking stories, including the story of maritime commerce and the ships that move cargo through the inland waterway, Mysteries of the Great Lakes will take you on a journey through the greatest lake system in the world, and showcase the amazing geography, ecology, science, and history of the region.
Length: 40:00

Film Details

  • Year Released: 2008
  • Date Released:
    May 2008
  • Alternate Titles:
  • Status: In Distribution
  • 3D: No
  • Run Time: 31-50
  • Formats: 8/70, 15/70, DCI-compliant Digital
  • Distributor:

    K2 Studios

  • Produced By:
  • Executive Producer: Jim Marchbank
  • Producer: David Lickley
  • Director:  David Lickley
  • Associate Producer: 
  • Writer:  Stephen Low
  • Cinematography: Reed Smoot
  • Sound Editor: 
  • Visual Effects:
  • Music/Score: 
  • Editor: James Lahti
  • Narrator:
  • Other Credits: Line Producer: James Lahti
  • Sponsors: Fednav Limited, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund, Unilever Canada, Ontario Power Generation, Presque Isle Partnership, Parks Canada, St. Lawrence Seaway, Ministry of Natural Resources, Fednor, Ontario Science Centre, Great Lakes Science Center, Canadian and


  • Biology
  • Documentary
  • Ecology
  • Nature



  • Grand Remi Award, 42nd Annual WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, 2009
  • CINE Golden Eagle, Professional Nonfiction Division-Science and Technology, 2009
  • Gold OMNI Intermedia Award, Nature category, 2009
  • Silver OMNI Intermedia Award, Documentary category, 2009
  • Certificate for Creative Excellence in the Documentary: Environmental Issues and Concerns category, US International Film and Video Festival, 2009
  • Finalist, 32nd Annual  International Wildlife Film Festival, 2009
  • Finalist, Northern Ontario Music and Film Awards, 2009

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