A  wilderness writer and adventure photographer, Bruce is recognized for connecting wild places with contemporary issues.

With journeys spanning more than 80 countries and  2000 days, Bruce’s accomplishments include the first modern crossing of Arabia’s Empty Quarter by camel, a raft descent of Ethiopia’s Blue Nile Gorge by raft, sea kayak traverse of Borneo’s northern coast, and a coast-to-coast Icelandic trek.

A columnist 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 include Patagonia, Lululemon, Time, Outside, NG Adventure and MacLean’s.  Winner of a prestigious Western Magazine Award, Bruce’s photography was selected by National Geographic as among “the most compelling adventure images of the decade.”

An Ambassador for Mountain Equipment Co-op , the former host of CBC’s  No Opportunity Wasted , and Producer of Travel Channel’s Big Crazy Family Adventure, Bruce makes his home in Kimberley, B.C.

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The Clymb features Axel Heiberg

The Clymb is a new online adventure magazine utilizing a fantastic (graphic-laden) layout, and is already featuring some respected names in adventure and writing, including Jimmy Chin, Conrad Anker, and Kevin Fedarko (…if you haven’t read his new book, The Emerald Mile, you should!)  I am super honoured to have “Walking off the Edge of […]

Island Lake Lodge…. and an iPhone

The heavy rainstorms and flooding of last week put an end to mountain biking getaway Christine and I had been planning for months.  It was to be our first holiday together, without kids, in six years – and we’d flown Grandma out from Toronto to man the fort.  Knowing we wanted to still getaway – […]

Men Who Walk With Goats – New York Times

Four goats, four unlikely men, and a 100-mile trek in Utah’s little-known High Uintas Wilderness. Last fall, after returning from a father-and-son goat-packing escapade on Utah’s Highline Trail, I sharpened my pencil, summoned my courage, and pitched the New York Times — without knowing a soul at the paper.  This is what emerged.  To say […]






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.






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)







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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


Current Topics

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

Pepsi Cola

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Allianz Insurance

ASTA American Society of Travel Agents

Rogers Communications


CMA Certified Management Accountants

CORUS Entertainment

ATCO Pipelines


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




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