The Land of Mist Around Vancouver's Island gave me my first "experience" of planning and carrying out a voyage circumnavigating Vancouver Island. Of course, I got this experience from the comfort of my landlocked office in Spokane, but who's quibbling.
I have been training for the transformation from retired desk jockey with memories of lake sailing as a youth into a seasoned schooner captain capable of sailing into South Sea islands with humanitarian supplies after a major national disaster. This video captures a snapshot of what seems to be one third of the way through that transformation process. I have just become US Sailing bareboat cruising certified and "know" the kinds of things shown in this video. But now, because of the video, I have a far more accurate picture of what my upcoming training cruise around the island will be like. I had already planned the route and moorings in Coastal Explorer and read Coast Pilot and other guides to help anticipate the hazards. But it is fantastic to be able to anticipate the existential gestalt of this passage.
Since this video is 18 years old, many navigational tools and communications channels are much better now. I may make my own documentary and include those tools and give myself 5 stars. (heh) But the dated aspects of 'The Land of Mist' do not reduce its value for training purposes. I am unaware of a more modern movie about this topic.
In my dreams I envision producing an exciting docu-drama suitable for all types of viewers. I'm sure someone else could actually produce such a movie; I can't (yet). In the meantime, this video goes a long way towards sharing the experience of sailing around British Columbian islands with the world.