Bruce Zawalsky

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Bruce Zawalsky
Bruce Zawalsky
Born (1964-03-31) March 31, 1964 (age 57)
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 60 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. He studied with the famed 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.


  1. ^ Canadian Wilderness Survival, 2017-11-16, retrieved 2018-03-28 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Nature Alive (2018-01-09), Canadian Wilderness Survival Bruce Zawalsky Keynote Speech, retrieved 2018-03-28 CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "BWI; Quality Outdoor Education since 1994". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  4. ^ "Edmonton Bestseller List for November 12, 2017". Retrieved 2018-03-28.
  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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