Adam Shoalts (Photo courtesy Adam Shoalts)
Adam Shoalts is an explorer and writer whose adventures have taken him to some of the last wild places on Earth, including the Amazon rainforest and the Canadian High Arctic. Trained as a cartographer, archaeologist, and historian, and having grown up learning bushcraft in his rural hometown of Fenwick, Ont., he has built birchbark canoes and worked as a survival instructor.
Shoalts has carried the flag of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society on three expeditions. Most recently, in 2017, he completed a nearly 4,000 kilometre solo traverse of the Arctic, travelling from Old Crow, Yukon to Baker Lake, Nunavut by canoe. He is the author of two bestselling books, Alone Against the North, which detailed his 2015 trek through the Hudson Bay lowlands, and A History of Canada in 10 Maps.
Shoalts’ wilderness skills are balanced by his academic background. He graduated at the top of his class from Brock University with an Honours B.A, and holds a Master’s degree in history from McMaster University. He has participated in archaeological digs in four countries and is currently finishing his Ph.D. at McMaster University, combining his interests in geography, archaeology, anthropology, and history. A Fellow of the RCGS since 2013, he is a passionate advocate for the conservation of intact wilderness in Canada and beyond, for the long-term wellbeing of people and planet.
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Read more about Adam’s expeditions:
• Adam Shoalts on his epic Trans-Canadian Arctic expedition
• 10 maps that made Canada
• Mapping Adam Shoalts’ Across the Arctic expedition
• Adam Shoalts’ return to Quebec’s Again River
• How to survive a waterfall
Adam in the news:
• How Adam Shoalts explored Canada’s past, one epic map at a time (CBC)
• Adam Shoalts heads back into the wild near James Bay — alone (Toronto Star)
• Explorer finds new waterfalls during accidental canoe detour (Maclean’s)
• How an amateur explorer stumbled over a new Canadian waterfall (Globe and Mail)