Albert Faille

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Albert Faille (1887-1973) was an early pioneer, explorer, trapper and prospector of the Canadian North. He was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1887. Faille spent his early years working in lumber camps, guiding tourists on canoe trips in the lake district about Duluth, and trapping fur-bearing animals in the winter months. After serving in the armed forces in World War I, he immigrated to Canada in 1927, coming directly to the South Nahanni River via the Mackenzie River and Fort Simpson. It was there that he encountered the young Raymond M. Patterson who brought him attention in his book "The Dangerous River" and attracted 3 documentaries. Though these focused on his search for gold, Faille was known as a friendly knowledgeable guide of the South Nahanii region. Faille died December 31, 1973 at his home in Fort Simpson.

1962 documentary[edit]

Faille was the subject of a 1962 short documentary Nahanni by the National Film Board of Canada. Directed by Donald Wilder, Nahanni follows the elderly Faille up the South Nahanni River, in search of a legendary gold mine. The film is scripted by William Weintraub with a musical score by Eldon Rathburn. Awards for the film included two prizes at the 1963 Canadian Film Awards as well as the award for Best Colour Film Produced in 1962 at the Canadian Cinematography Awards.[1][2]

Above the Falls[edit]

Faille is one of many real-life characters portrayed in the "creative non-fiction" novel Above the Falls by Canadian author John Harris (b. 1942), published by TouchWood Editions in 2007.


  1. ^ "Nahanni". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 18 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Struzik, Ed (2006). Ten Rivers Run Through It. Harper Collins. p. 21. ISBN 0-9736719-4-7. 
  • Farrow, Moira. 1975. Nobody Here But Us: Pioneers of the North. Vancouver: J.J. Douglas Ltd.
  • Harris, John. 2007. Above the Falls. British Columbia: TouchWood Editions. ISBN 978-1-894898-55-3.
  • Patterson, Raymond M. 1954. The Dangerous River. New York: William Sloane Associates Inc.
  • Turner, Dick. 1975. Nahanni. Saanichton, British Columbia: Hancock House.

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