A leading wilderness writer and adventure photographer, Bruce is widely recognized for connecting wild places with contemporary issues.
With travel to over 80 countries, and more than 2000 days of expedition travel, Bruce’s journeys include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a 37-day trans-Iceland trek.
A correspondent for The Globe and Mail, author of two bestselling books, and a multi-National Magazine Award winner, Bruce’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, EnRoute, Huffington Post, Explore and Canadian Geographic.
His photographic clients — both commercial and editorial – include Patagonia, Lululemon, Time, Outside, NG Adventure and MacLean’s. Winner of a prestigious Western Magazine Award, his photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”
An Adventure Envoy for Mountain Equipment Co-op — and the former host of CBC’s prime-time adventure series No Opportunity Wasted – Bruce makes his home in Kimberley, B.C.
Bruce’s journeys span 80 countries, 6 continents, and more than 2000 days of fieldwork. Travelling by foot, kayak, raft — ranging over mountain, ocean, river and desert — packing horse, camel, and even goat — throw a dart at a blank spot on the globe, and chances are Bruce has been there.
Three weeks of sea kayaking, while evading the Burmese Army, amid a tropical Ede...
Arabia’s Empty Quarter
A 1000-kilometer 40-day journey, by camel, across Arabia’s great southern ...
Trekking and Sea Kayaking in the Southern Andes with an eight-month old boy.
Travels in the Purcell and Southern Rocky Mountains, the ranges out my front and...
A 37-day, 1000km cape-to-cape trek; over deserts and lava fields, through deep c...
Three months in the Himalaya, complete with yaks, crevasse rescues and helicopte...
Axel Heiberg Island
A 12-day unsupported trek across the third largest unpopulated island on the pla...
Winter and summer traverses of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s brand-ne...
Reaching the summit of North America’s highest peak — with good frie...
Eighteen summers of guiding on the magnificent rivers of Canada’s Arctic; ...
80 days by horse (and later motorcycle, after horse-rustlers stole a mare) throu...
Explorations on Tibet’s high and mysterious plateau, from both Lhasa and C...
Sea Kayaking, hiking, and general adventure-seeking amid the world’s most ...
A 1500-kilometre 60-day circumnavigation – by sea kayak, foot and raft ...
Trekking in the land of ‘Gross National Happiness’, and very hot chi...
42-day journey in Scosbysund, on Greenland’s remote eastern coast; polar b...
A 375 km journey across the Northwest Territory’s Mackenzie Mountai...
Republic of Georgia
An 80-day horse-supported trek – with my wife, 4-year old son, and breast-...
North Coast of Borneo
A forty day journey – by folding kayak – along the rarely traveled n...
Blue Nile Gorge
The first complete descent – from source to Sudan border – of Ethiop...
The author of two bestselling books, and recipient of several National Magazine Awards, Bruce’s writing regularly appears in a wide range of publications, including the New York Times, Canadian Geographic, Huffington Post, and enRoute.
Currently a Travel Correspondent with the Globe and Mail, Bruce has previously served as Editor-at-Large (Outpost Magazine), Contributing Editor (Explore Magazine), Photographic Columnist (Up!) and a jury member at the Banff Mountain Book Festival.
Taking On the Tough Man River
Explore Magazine, 2006 The six of us waited on a rickety float plane dock in Mayo, Yukon. The last time we...
Men Who Hike With Goats
New York Times, 2013 We roared across the Wyoming-Utah border at sunset; windows down, stereo cranked, muffler cracked. ...
A Decade in Search of Adventure (2005) Stuck in an engineer’s cubicle, dutifully beginning the responsible adult life...
By Camel Across Arabia’s Great Southern Desert. (1999) For forty days and forty nights during the winter of 1999, ...
Exploring the Frontiers of Jumbo Valley
Globe and Mail, 2011 Twenty years ago, with a faded orange rope lashed to my waist and an unfamiliar ice axe in hand, I ...
Saving the Darkwoods
Canadian Geographic, 2011 The biggest private conservation land deal in Canadian history reveals a story of German royal...
Massage Wallah of Kalimpong
Globe and Mail, 2012 My ponytail dripped with stale-smelling oil, liberally poured from a glass jar that once held mango...
The Unexpected Wonders of Traveling with Kids
Globe and Mail 2012 There is a tendency to view travel with young children as the modern equivalent of a hair shirt, a p...
For more than two decades, Bruce has photographed wild landscapes, adventure sports and expeditionary travel for a wide variety of corporate and editorial clients; including Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Coop, Lululemon, Globe and Mail, Time, Air Canada, and Tourism Canada.
Known for his participatory action photography — camera always within reach while paddling, climbing, hiking or riding – Bruce’s images have appeared in Outside, National Geographic Adventure, American Photo and Men’s Health. National Geographic selected his work as “among the best adventure images of the past decade.” (Through the Lens, 2001)
From CEO roundtables to convention centres holding in excess of 5000, Bruce excels at translating his adventures and experiences into meaningful business and life messages. With more than twenty years of keynote and workshop experience, Bruce is represented by Speakers Spotlight
Beyond Comfort; the Adventure of Innovation, Creativity and Success
An Adventurer’s Guide to Risk Management
Full Throttle Storytelling; A Journey to the World’s Wildest Places
Partial Client List
Ford Motor Company
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
ASTA American Society of Travel Agents
CMA Certified Management Accountants
Not only was Bruce sensational this morning but his message couldn’t have been more appropriate. He scored 100 out of 100, and everyone loved him to pieces. Carlson Canada Marketing
I have seen plenty of speakers over the years, and without question you are among the very best. Perfect tone, perfect message, and perfect presentation. Open Text
Bruce Kirkby is one of the most talented, respectful and genuinely honest speakers I have ever heard. His presentation related to everyone , and the response from employees was overwhelmingly positive. Saskatchewan Power Corporation
The response we received, in a word, was fantastic. The theme of our conference was “leadership” and your address provided exactly the right direction. It really set the day off on the right foot. On a personal level, I was totally impressed with how interested you were in speaking at our conference, how you worked to know our audience in advance and how professional and approachable you were throughout our dealings. It was indeed a pleasure. Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing