Trépanier’s oil paintings and passionate films are conceived through extensive exploration into some of the most wild places on our planet.


His artistic expeditions have led him to tackle challenges few encounter, including a knee-punishing trek on Ellesmere Island with a 120lb backpack; enduring ravaging hordes of mosquitoes while painting at the edge of one of the highest waterfalls in the world above the Arctic Circle; being surrounded by Arctic wolves; canoeing around an iceberg with his easel to capture it from a unique point of view; and depicting Mount Logan, Canada’s highest mountain, from the Kluane ice fields at 10,000 ft… all for the sake of his art.


In 2001, Trépanier first began filming his expeditions, leading to five documentaries: A Painter’s Odyssey, Into the Arctic, Into the Arctic II (nominated for a Canadian Screen Award) and TrueWild: Kluane. His fifth film, Into the Arctic: Awakening, had its first public screening in Monaco before Prince Albert II.


In January of 2017, Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition – an unprecedented collection of over 50 canvases and 3 films from his INTO THE ARCTIC project – began touring for 4 years, with 12 museums on the itinerary to date. Created from over a decade of painting and exploring the Canadian North, it premiered at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. In 2018, it’s Canadian premiere was in Vancouver. In 2020, the collection will travel overseas for a European premiere in Monaco. Highlighting the collection is the 15 foot wide Great Glacier, quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.


Trépanier has been featured in media around the globe, and his documentaries broadcast internationally, sharing his passion for the wild places that he explores and paints. Through his unique vision, expressed through art, films, public speaking, online media,  and a forthcoming coffee table book in 2020, Cory inspires others to a deeper appreciation of our planet.


Canadian Geographic named Trépanier one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers. He is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and a member of The Explorers Club, receiving the Canadian Chapters highest award, the Stefansson Medal. He is National Champion of the Great Trail.


In 2006, Cory Trépanier set off on a decade-long quest to paint, film, and explore the spectacular landscapes of the Canadian Arctic. With packs full of painting, filming, and camping gear,  Trépanier undertook 5 expeditions, traversed over 60,000 kilometres, explored 6 Arctic National Parks and 16 Arctic communities, and countless places in between. He travelled by plane, helicopter, ship, boat, canoe, and on foot, often with the Inuit, stripping back day-to-day accoutrements to the basics of hiking boots, food, and a tent, in order to immerse himself in his subject.


The INTO THE ARCTIC collection now includes over 100 oil paintings and graphite sketches and 3 documentary films.


Through the INTO THE ARCTIC art, films, media stories, online content and public speaking, Trépanier is inspiring others with the beauty of the Canadian Arctic, raising awareness about one of the most fragile regions of our planet.


Below: Map of Trépanier’s first 4 Arctic painting/filming expeditions. Click map for detailed view.

INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour

Premiering at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C., this travelling exhibition is inspiring audiences with the North through an unprecedented collection of over 50 Arctic oil paintings and 3 films, visiting 13 museums over 4 years. At the centre of the collection is the 15 foot wide “Great Glacier”, the largest single representational Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history.

View the full tour itinerary and more here: www.intothearctic.ca/exhibitiontour


“Like some of the great figures in polar exploration history, Cory Trépanier combines the courage and adventurousness of an explorer with the exacting skill and powerful creative vision of an artist.”  

– John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/ Canadian Geographic Enterprises


“Cory Trépanier’s passionate and accurate paintings of Arctic landscapes bridge the gap between Arctic science and public awareness. This is particularly important because the Canadian Arctic is changing rapidly due to accentuated human-induced climate warming.” 

– Vincent St. Louis, Ph.D., Professor, Researcher of Climate Change and Contaminant Cycling in the Canadian High Arctic, University of Alberta, Edmonton