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PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

Bruce Zawalsky, my guest on this podcast, has over 25 years of experience as a professional wilderness survival instructor. Bruce teaches survival courses, wildlife and bear awareness courses as well as wilderness navigation. He is the author of A Guide to Canadian Wilderness Survival, published in 2017. He has been a lifelong student of the wilderness and a committed wilderness educator following his college studies, which culminated in an epic 94-day, 3,600km canoe trip from Rocky Mountain House in Alberta to Thunder Bay on Lake Superior in Ontario.

I had the pleasure of meeting with Bruce during my time in Canada for the 2019 Global Bushcraft Symposium and having since read his book, I very much appreciate the attention to detail it contains. So, I was very keen to have Bruce on my podcast and talk more about his work…

Our conversation forms Episode 48 of the Paul Kirtley Podcast…

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Bruce Zawalsky has been a professional wilderness educator for over 25 years.

Links For This Podcast

Mors Kochanski
Boreal Wilderness Institute
Bruce’s Understanding Bear Behaviour Video
Bruce’s Bear Spray Video
Canadian Wilderness Survival (Bruce’s book)
Global Bushcraft Symposium
Bruce’s Explorations blog post
Canadian Outdoor Survival Podcast
McNally Robinson bookstore Winnipeg

Survival students and super shelters.
Super shelters facing a central fire. Photo courtesy of Bruce Zawalsky.

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6 thoughts on “PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival

  1. Excellent Podcast Paul. Very informative! Love the quality of the guests that you host.

    Cheers. B

  2. Excellent!! I can’t remember how I first heard of Bruce. I bought his book thinking living in Maine it would have a lot of revelent survival methods/techniques. I wasn’t wrong. I liked how he explained the why in the use of the parachute in the super shelter. Like in alot of other training venues, shooting comes to find, the “instructor” will show or demonstrate something but not really know the why and over time it will morph into something different. I continue to follow and pay attention to people like you, Bruce ,and Mors because it comes across a common sense knowledge that was aquired in the woods and on the water. Kinda long winded for just saying another Great Podcast! Best Robbie

  3. Thanks Paul. Interesting as always and I really appreciate the effort you put in to bring us such informative guests – always the real deals! After listening, I ordered Bruce’s book (signed) via the boreal.net site. Not cheap (about £40) with shipping but looks worth every penny – and I’m sure my Mrs will enjoy giving it to me for Christmas… Cheers Steve

  4. Thanks Paul. Interesting as always and I really appreciate the effort you put in to bring us such informative guests – always the real deal! After listening, I ordered Bruce’s book (signed) via the boreal.net site. Not cheap (about £40) with shipping but looks worth every penny – and I’m sure my Mrs will enjoy giving it to me for Christmas… Cheers Steve

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