Quality Outdoor Education Since 1994 “Vera Doctrina Avium”
Boreal Wilderness Institute's History
The Boreal Wilderness Institute (BWI) is a World Class Outdoor Education Institute that since its founding by Bruce Zawalsky & John Caldwell in September of 1994 has taught Professional Instructor-Led Field Safety Training in Wilderness Survival, Navigation, Wildlife & Bear Awareness. We regularly offer a variety of Courses and Seminars and are always willing to travel. Regularly teaching and consulting in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as Manitoba, Ontario, the Maritimes and Northern Canada.
We have provided expert instruction to dozens of organizations included; Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resource Development, Alberta Research Council, Arcadis, AREVA Resources, ATCO, Aurora College, Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Publics Works, Environment Canada, Golder Associates, ITV America, NAIT, NOAA (US Government), Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Saskatchewan Environment, SaskPower, SAR Alberta, SARDAA, TELUS and many other groups and corporations.
Bruce Zawalsky CD, Chief Instructor
“Don't Make the Decision to Survive Too Late”
Bruce Zawalsky is an expert at Teaching Professional Instructor-Led Field Safety Training in Wilderness Survival, Navigation, and Wildlife & Bear Awareness. He is the author of Bestselling Survival Book Canadian Wilderness Survival, a 450 Page Full-Colour Guide to Modern Wilderness Survival Techniques in Canada. He has over 27 Years of Experience Working as a Professional Wilderness Survival Instructor plus fifteen years of serious travelling in the Canadian Wilderness before founding BWI. He has a practical hands-on Philosophy on the teaching of Modern Wilderness Survival. His Podcast, the Canadian Outdoor Survival Podcast is available Directly or through iTunes.
“In the World of Survival, you cannot Cheat by Carrying It; Nor is Losing an Option.”
Bruce guided his first Backpacking Group in the 5th Canadian Rocky Mountains in 1981 for Scouts Canada as a Hike Master at the Canadian Jamboree in Kananaskis Alberta. He developed his skills in leading groups and team building at the University of Alberta, Augustana University College, PADI College, the Nordic Ski Institute. He has served in the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, a Canadian Reserve Army Light Infantry Regiment for over 38 years. His military experience has included working on the east, west and northern coasts of Canada and Northern Norway.
He is a Lifelong Outdoor Enthusiast, completing The Life of a River Expedition, a 90 day 3600km Canoe Expedition, Crossing 4 Provinces as the highlight of his Outdoor Education training at the University of Alberta. Over the last 45 years, Bruce has canoed, skied, snowshoed and hiked 1000's of Kilometres of the Canadian Wilderness.
“The Critical Difference Between a Cold Wet Group who Sets-up Camp and a Group that Decides to Push-on, is the Former have already Made the Decision to Survive, and the Latter is Heading into a Potentially Critical Survival Situation”
Bruce studied and was mentored under the late Mors Kochanski and developed his teaching skills through years of instruction and practice. His vast experience allows him to pass on his great wealth of knowledge of modern wilderness survival, wilderness navigation and wilderness travel. Bruce has worked as a Safety and Survival Consultant for industry, film, TV and other Media. He recently work as a Survival Consultant on Alone: Frozen in rugged coastal Labrador. Bruce is BWI's a Custom Training Specialist.
He is an authority on wilderness survival, navigation, wildlife and bear awareness and wilderness travel by canoe or foot. His expertise will ensure you receive the best outdoor education training or survival consulting available in Canada. Why not train with Bruce Zawalsky, Canada's only active Survival Expert & Best Selling Author?
James Hawley, Instructor
"Survival is Simply the Art of Being Prepared to Live Well Everywhere You Plan to Go"
James is an individual who never loses his Smile, even in the Worst Conditions. He has been a Soldier, EMT, Wilderness Firefighter, First Aid Instructor and a Registered Nurse. He has emersed himself the survival enviorment by living and working in both the montane and boreal forests and has a depth of knowledge about its varied trees species few can surpass. He has studied Temperate Inland Rainforest & Jungle Survival, Extreme Cold Weather Travel, Emergency Water Purification and Emergency Preparedness. James always shows great drive and determination along with a truly Professional Outlook on Safe Wilderness Travel."