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Memorable Manitobans: Bill Mason (1929-1988)

Filmmaker artist.

Born in Winnipeg, he was very tiny as a child and matured to only slightly over five feet. Despite his size he was an active athlete and quickly became a wilderness buff. He was educated at the University of Manitoba School of Art, then moved to Ontario where he became a filmmaker, first with Crawley Films, then with the National Film Board, specializing in wilderness themes. He published Path of the Paddle in 1980. A photographic collection of his paintings is in Canoescapes (1996). A Canada Post stamp was issued in his honour in 1998.

More information:

Fire in the Bones by James Raffin (1996).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 29 March 2008

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