Bruce Zawalsky

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Bruce Zawalsky
middle-aged white male with beard and glasses, wearing a fur-lined coat, hat, and tactical pack, looking at camera while standing outdoors in a winter landscape
Zawalsky in 2022
Born (1964-03-31) March 31, 1964 (age 60)
York County, Ontario, Canada
SubjectBushcraft, survival
Notable worksCanadian Wilderness Survival

Bruce Duncan Zawalsky (born March 31, 1964) is a professional Canadian outdoorsman, bushcraft instructor, and author.[1][2] He founded and owns the Boreal Wilderness Institute,[3] based in Edmonton, Alberta. He is the author of A Guide to Canadian Wilderness Survival,[4] published by Liard Books[5] in 2017. Zawalsky guided his first backpacking group in the Rocky Mountains in 1981. In 1989, as part of a small six-person group in three canoes, he completed a 92-day 3,600 km canoe expedition between Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The expedition involved over sixty portages and 200 km of upstream river paddling, lining, and poling, and was conducted as the completion of an Outdoor Education training program at the University of Alberta. Zawalsky studied with bushcraft expert Mors Kochanski and at Augustana University College, PADI College, the Nordic Ski Institute, and in the Canadian military. He has been a member of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment for more than 34 years.

Zawalsky was born in the Greater Toronto Area and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta.[citation needed]


  • A Guide to Canadian Wilderness Survival (2017)


  1. ^ Canadian Wilderness Survival, November 16, 2017, retrieved March 28, 2018
  2. ^ Nature Alive (January 9, 2018), Canadian Wilderness Survival Bruce Zawalsky Keynote Speech, retrieved March 28, 2018
  3. ^ "BWI; Quality Outdoor Education since 1994". Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Edmonton Bestseller List for November 12, 2017". Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Zawalsky, Bruce (November 2016). A Guide to Canadian Wilderness Survival. Liard River Communication Group. ISBN 978-1-894713-56-6.

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