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John Muir at Trout Hollow

John Muir at Trout Hollow 1978 2560 Forest City Film Festival

Description: When he arrived in Canada in 1864 John Muir was searching for his future calling.

SWO Connection: After being away from the Southern Georgian Bay area for 25 years I returned because I felt drawn back by the natural beauty, the people and the old, untold stories, some of them deeply embedded, forgotten or undiscovered. I saw that no film about John Muir had mentioned his formative years in Meaford. Only in recent years had letters from Muir been donated to the Meaford Museum, and so I saw a wonderful chance to tell this story through film. It was great luck that I was introduced to some descendants of the Trout family who had been lifetime friends of Muir, and the family memoir was put in my hands. Trout Hollow in Meaford surrounds the Bighead River in Meaford where John Muir and his brother came to live and work in a lumber mill set on the banks, and where the family formed a salon in a tiny workers’ cabin to discuss books, idea, religion and philosophy.

Running Time: 22 minutes


Screening Time: October 21st at 10:00AM
Location: Wolf Performance Hall | 251 Dundas St, London, ON N6A 6H64