After nearly a decade of travelling to and through the Arctic, Cory Trepanier is close to completing his epic painting expedition.

Via his Into The Arctic project, the artist and Fellow of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society set out to create a record of Canada’s northern landscapes. Easel and paintbrush in hand, Trepanier has hiked into all seven Arctic National Parks, filming the adventure as he went.

Trepanier completed his fourth and final expedition in the summer of 2015. Now, the first instalment of Trepanier’s video journal from that trip has been released (watch above). The short video covers his first week in the Northwest Territories' Aulavik National Park, canoeing down the Thomsen River, the most northerly navigable canoe route in North America.

Along the way Trepanier's team encountered muskox, peregrine falcons, and the unpredictable weather of the Arctic tundra.

"That's the beauty of being in the North. You're in a raw, wild place and you have to be ready for it," says Trepanier in the clip.

Part 2 of the trip’s video journal will be released in May. In 2017 the full-length film will join all of Trepanier’s Arctic paintings (as well as the first two Into The Arctic films) on a museum tour across North America.