Bruce Kirkby: A life of adventure

I've been telling people for months about Bruce Kirkby - the incredible adventurer who spent five days in June crossing the Southern Strait of Georgia by stand-up paddleboard to raise awareness about ocean protection – and to fundraise for CPAWS. We are so excited that Bruce is joining us for CPAWS’ 50th Anniversary BC Gala on October 16 as our keynote speaker.

New to stand-up paddleboards, Bruce trained on lakes in the Kootenays for two months to make the 150 km crossing from Vancouver to Victoria accompanied by his friend Dave Quinn and Kalum Ko, a BC film maker. This week, their film – The Questions We Ask – was selected as a finalist for the upcoming Banff Mountain Film Festival.

An award winning explorer, writer and photographer, Bruce has been taken hostage in Ethiopia; he has survived crocodile attacks on the Nile and weathered high-altitude storms in Alaska. Bruce’s journeys span 80 countries—and include some of the wildest corners of the planet. He has crossed Iceland by foot, explored Mongolia on horseback, made the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, and was captured by the Myanmar army while on assignment. He’s an MEC Adventure Envoy, author of international bestsellers and the former host of CBC’s adventure series No Opportunity Wasted.

Essentially he’s everything many people dream of being if we were all dedicated and brave enough to follow our dreams.

An adventurer for today’s world with all the passion and mystery of explorer’s of the past.


Before speaking at the gala, Bruce is embarking on another adventure with CPAWS as one of the few people who will be joining scientists, journalists and other high profile Canadians on the once in a lifetime underwater expedition to explore the ancient glass sponge reefs off the coast of Vancouver on board the Aquarius submarine. 

Bruce Kirkby is an inspiration – and it's hard to contain our excitement with having him as a part of our national 50th Anniversary celebrations here in B.C. on October 16. He has a lot of groupies already in the CPAWS staff!