The Big Canoe Project is hosting a fundraiser on April 28 at Meaford Hall, featuring a speaking appearance by Adam Shoalts, a short film documenting a special adventure Big Canoe Project was invited to take part in last summer, and a local eco fair in the Galleries. In the afternoon, the Hall will welcome students from Georgian Bay Community School to watch the film Alone Across the Arctic, featuring Adam Shoalts.
“Professional explorer and #1 national best-selling author Adam Shoalts joins us to discuss his famous solo expeditions to some of the most remote places on Earth, including his latest adventure and his new bestselling book, The Whisper on the Night Wind: The True History of a Wilderness Legend. It’s the fascinating story of a century-old wilderness legend from the Labrador wild and Shoalts’s attempt to unravel it,” said organizers.
Adam Shoalts is a professional adventurer, best-selling author, and Westaway Explorer-in-Residence at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. His expeditions range from mapping rivers to archaeological projects, but Shoalts is best known for his long solo wilderness journeys, including crossing alone nearly 4,000 km of Canada’s Arctic. Named one of the “greatest living explorers” by CBC and even declared “Canada’s Indiana Jones” by the Toronto Star, Shoalts is a frequent guest on TV and radio. His books include Alone Against the North, A History of Canada in 10 Maps, Beyond the Trees: A Journey Alone Across Canada’s Arctic, and The Whisper on the Night Wind, all of them national bestsellers. He has a PhD from McMaster University in history, on the role Indigenous oral knowledge played in the mapping of North America.
You’ll also pick up some knowledge by visiting the info booths of local environmentally minded organizations that will be set up in Meaford Hall’s Galleries. Come find out more about the work of Great Lakes Plastic Cleanup, Georgian Bay Forever, the Bluewater Outdoor Education Foundation, the Meaford Tree Trust, Free Spirit Forest School, local climate action networks and many more.
Tickets are $20, doors open at 6:30, the show starts at 7:30, and the proceeds support Big Canoe Project’s trips with M’Wikwedong Indigenous Friendship Centre, Y Grey Bruce Language and Settlement Services, Meaford Parks and Rec, Bagida’waad Alliance, and along the Trent Severn Waterway to the Canadian Canoe Museum this summer.