Adam ShoaltsA Glance at the Life of a Modern Day Explorer

Called “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by The Toronto Star, Adam Shoalts is a professional explorer and adventurer whose trail-blazing expeditions into the last unexplored places on the planet have been covered by the BBC, CNN, CTV News, CBC, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail and other media around the world.

His exploring career has included discovering waterfalls, mapping rivers, leading expeditions sponsored by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Mountain Equipment Co-op, archaeological digs, and tracking down elusive flora and fauna.

Shoalts has ventured everywhere from the jungles of the Amazon to the desolate tundra of the High Arctic, where he canoed one of the most northern rivers ever navigated in North America. Trained as a cartographer, archaeologist, and historian, and having grown up in rural Canada perfecting his skills in bushcraft, Shoalts has built birchbark canoes and worked as a guide and wilderness survival instructor.

Shoalts is the author of over 100 published articles on such subjects as edible mushrooms, African explorers, and watershed pollution in northern Canada. He is a contributor to Canadian Geographic and from 2007-2012 penned his “Reflections of a Naturalist” column for various newspapers. In 2013 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for “extraordinary contributions to geography,” and had the honour of presenting his expedition flag to Canada’s Governor General. In 2014, he carried the flag of the Explorer’s Club on his Arctic Expedition.


Shoalts’ wilderness skills are matched by his academic credentials. He has won awards for his research, 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, where his paper on explorers took top honours. He has done archaeology in four┬ácountries and is currently working on his Ph.D. at McMaster University, combining his interest in geography, archaeology, anthropology, and history.

Having journeyed through some of the world’s last great wildernesses, Shoalts has a particular concern for preserving wild places. In 2008, he was presented with the Niagara Region’s environmental award. Shoalts is available as a guest speaker and has entertained audiences with his tales of adventure at major venues across Canada.