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Frank Wolf (adventurer)

Frank Wolf (born 1970) is a Canadian adventurer,[1] writer,[2]filmmaker,[3] and environmentalist.[4] He is known for books, feature magazine articles, online columns, and films that document wilderness expeditions around the world, with a focus on the Canadian North.[5] His expeditions include being the first to canoe across Canada in one season and cycling 2,000 km in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome. In 2012 he was named one of Canada's Top Ten Adventurers by Explore Magazine,[6] and in 2015 he was named One of Canada's Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic Magazine.[7] His first book of adventures Lines on a Map, was released in October 2018 by RMB. [8][9][10] His films include Wild Ones,[11] The Hand of Franklin, Kitturiaq, On the Line, Mammalian, and Borealis, all of which broadcast on CBC's Documentary Channel in Canada.[12]

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Frank Wolf during 'Maze of the North' expedition



FRANK WOLF North American expeditions map
  • (2018) Across the Barrens : 35-day, 1750 km canoe expedition from Yellowknife to the Arctic Ocean via Great Slave Lake, Pike's Portage, and the Back River with Ryan Bougie [13] [14]
  • (2018) Baffin Ski Traverse : 14-day, 230 km ski expedition across Baffin Island via the Penny Ice Cap, with Dave Garrow and John McClelland [15][16]
  • (2017) Maze of the North Expedition : 30-day, 1350 km canoe expedition from Pekans River bridge on Quebec Route 389 to Umiujaq, Quebec with Peirson Ross Mclean [17]
  • (2017) Angilaaq Mountain Expedition : 12-day, 160 km ski expedition on Bylot Island to summit Angilaaq Mountain, its highest peak, as well as 4 other sub-peaks, with Dave Garrow [18][19]
  • (2016) Maskwa Nanook Expedition : 44-day, 1800 km canoe journey from La Ronge, Saskatchewan to Baker Lake, Nunavut, with Shawn Campbell [20]
  • (2015) Spatsizi/Stikine Expedition : 9-day, 280 km pack rafting/hiking route through the Spatsizi/Stikine Wilderness with Shawn Campbell [21]
  • (2015) Wild Ones Music Tour: 24-day, 750 km concert tour by canoe from Parry Sound to Ottawa- with musician Peirson Ross;[22][23][24]
  • (2015) Mammal Ski Survey : 7-day, 110 km ski traverse with biologist tracking and logging large mammals in Banff National Park- with Dave Garrow and Ross Glenfield[25]
  • (2014) Sweetwater Soul : 26-day, 1350 km journey by canoe from Pine Dock,MB to Fort Severn,ON- with Rob Hart;[26]
  • (2013) Mainstream Last First : 55-day, 1870 km journey by rowboat through Northwest Passage from Inuvik to Cambridge Bay, with Kevin Vallely, Paul Gleeson, Denis Barnett;[27]
  • (2012) Kitturiaq : 21-day, 620 km first-ever journey by canoe over the Labrador Plateau from Nain, NL to Kangiqsualujjuaq,QC, with Todd McGowan;[28]
  • (2011) Boreal Heart : 25-day, 1120 km journey by canoe through Ontario's Little North from Pakashkan Lake to Peawanuck,ON, with Todd McGowan;[29]
  • (2010) On the Line : 53-day, 2400 km by bike, foot, pack raft, and kayak investigating the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines project, with Todd McGowan;[30]
  • (2009) Mammalian : 46-day, 2004 km journey by canoe through North America's largest wilderness from Yellowknife to Rankin Inlet, with Taku Hokoyama;[31]
  • (2008) Bay or Bust : 25-day, 1050 km journey by canoe from Opeongo Lake to Moosonee, ON, with Alex Raymont;[32]
  • (2007) Borealis : 75-day, 3100 km journey by canoe from Winnipeg to Parry Sound looking into the issues affecting the world's largest carbon bank- the Boreal Forest of Ontario and Manitoba with Taku Hokoyama;[33]
  • (2006) Sandakan Death March : Retracing of tragic WWII Sandakan Death March with Australian Military personnel, and Kevin Vallely;[34]
  • (2005) Shining Islands : 43-day, 900 km kayak circumnavigation of the Haida Gwaii archipelago, with Keith Klapstein and Todd Macfie;[35]
  • (2004) Across Asgaard : 26-day, 800 km journey by canoe across Scandinavia from Bogden, Norway to Oulu, Finland, with Todd Macfie;[36]
  • (2004) Taming the Motoco : 17-day journey by foot to the source of the Motoco River in Patagonia with a group of Argentinian explorers;[37]
  • (2003) Bikes on Ice : 49-day, 2000 km journey by bike in winter on the Yukon River from Dawson to Nome retracing the route of two gold miners from 1901, with Kevin Vallely and Andy Sterns;[38]
  • (2003) Nam Pha : 2nd descent of Nam Pha River in Laos in search of the Asian Water Tiger, with Mick O'Shea and Brian Eustis;[39]
  • (2002) Kong Lo cave/Mekong rapids : 10-day exploration of Kong Lo cave and Mekong Rapids in Southern Laos, with Mick O'Shea;
  • (2001) Chasing the Dragon : 20-day, 1000 km Cycling/running journey across Java to climb seven 10,000 ft volcanoes en route, with Kevin Vallely;
  • (2001) Skagway to Dawson : 9-day, 800 km Hiking/Kayak journey via the Gold Rush trail from Skagway to Dawson along the Chilkoot Trail and Yukon River, with Kevin Vallely, Andy Sterns, David Norona;
  • (2000) Phuket, Paddles, and Pirates : three-month sea kayaking/whitewater kayaking journey through Thailand/Malaysia/Indonesia, with David Stibbe;[40]
  • (1998) Canadian Quest : 35-day, 1500 km journey by canoe from Prince Rupert to Carcajou, with Ben O'Hara;[41]
  • (1995) C2C : 171-day, 8000 km journey by canoe across Canada from Saint John, NB to Vancouver, BC, with Roman Rockliffe;[42]


Wolf is a regular feature writer, blogger, and photographer[43] for Explore (magazine) [44] and has written dozens of features for other publications including Mountain Life Magazine,[45] Coast Mountain Culture Magazine,[46] Westjet Magazine,[47] Canoeroots Magazine,[48] Reader's Digest,[49] Action Asia, Adventure Kayak Magazine,[50] Paddler Magazine, Wend Magazine, and the Vancouver Province. His first book Lines on a Map, published by Rocky Mountain Books, was released in October 2018. [51][52]


Public SpeakingEdit

Wolf has given talks about his adventures and environmental work at TED (conference)x,[69][70] FEAT,[71] and numerous other events.


  1. ^ "Explore Magazine profile".
  2. ^ "Lines on a Map book on Amazon Canada".
  3. ^ "Frank Wolf on IMDB".
  4. ^ "Canoe & Kayak Magazine profile".
  5. ^ "Midwestern Gentleman Magazine profile".
  6. ^ "Explore Magazine Top 10 Adventurers".
  7. ^ "Canadian Geographic Top 100 Canadian Explorers".
  8. ^ "Lines on a Map book on Amazon Canada".
  9. ^ "Lines on a Map book RMB".
  10. ^ "Lines on a Map book on".
  11. ^ "Wild Ones film trailer".
  12. ^ "On The Line on CBC's documentary channel". CBC News.
  13. ^ "Paddlers embraced by elders after 35-day journey".
  14. ^ "Curious wolf on Back River campsite".
  15. ^ "Ski Touring in the Land that Never Melts".
  16. ^ "Gearing up for an Arctic Spring tour".
  17. ^ "Maze of the North Expedition page".
  18. ^ "Arc'teryx Bird Blog feature article".
  19. ^ "Images from Angilaaq summit images".
  20. ^ "RCGS Expedition Page".
  21. ^ "Expedition Album".
  22. ^ "CBC's 'As it Happens' Interview".
  23. ^ "Wild Ones website".
  24. ^ "Wild Ones Film Review".
  25. ^ "Explore Magazine Article 'In the Land of Hairy Beasts'".
  26. ^ "Sandy Lake First Nation article".
  27. ^ "Mainstream Last First website".
  28. ^ "Canadian Geographic Magazine article on Kitturiaq".
  29. ^ "Westjet inflight magazine UP! feature "Tales of a Double Dipper"".
  30. ^ "Interview on CBC's "The Current"". CBC News.
  31. ^ "Feature article in UP! magazine "Exploring Yellowknife by Canoe"".
  32. ^ "Canoeroots Magazine feature article"Friend or Foe"".
  33. ^ "Canoeroots Magazine Cover Feature "On the Line"".
  34. ^ "Feature article in Outpost Magazine".
  35. ^ "Feature article "Highs and Lows in Haida Gwaii" in Adventure Kayak Magazine".
  36. ^ "Clip from CTV film "Across Asgaard"".
  37. ^ "Clip from CTV film "Taming the Motoco"".
  38. ^ "National Geographic Article".
  39. ^ "Clip from CTV film "Tiger Tracking on the Nam Pha"".
  40. ^ "Feature article "Leopard in the Night" in Reader's Digest".
  41. ^ "Canadian Geographic Magazine article".
  42. ^ "Article on Clipper Canoes website".
  43. ^ "Explore Magazine blog".,
  44. ^ "Explore Magazine Article 'In the Land of Hairy Beasts'".,
  45. ^ "Mountain Life Magazine feature 'Ancient and Modern'".,
  46. ^ "Feature article Coast Mountain Culture Magazine "Apparel Peril"".
  47. ^ "Feature article in Westjet Magazine "Satisfy the Need for Adventure with a canoe trip in Northern Ontario"".
  48. ^ "Feature article in Canoeroots magazine "Frank Wolf's Dirty Little Secret"".
  49. ^ "Feature article "Leopard in the Night" in Reader's Digest".
  50. ^ "Feature article "Highs and Lows in Haida Gwaii" in Adventure Kayak Magazine".
  51. ^ "Lines on a Map book on Amazon".
  52. ^ "Lines on a Map book RMB".
  53. ^ "Wild Ones film review in 'The Westender'".
  54. ^ "2017 Waterwalker Film Winners".
  55. ^ "VIMFF Wild Ones".
  56. ^ "2016 RAIFF winners".
  57. ^ "VIMFF film awards 2015". Archived from the original on 2015-02-25.
  58. ^ "Explore Magazine review of The Hand of Franklin".
  59. ^ "SFIOFF Award Winners".
  60. ^ "2014 Waterwalker Film Festival Winners".
  61. ^ "Canoe&Kayak Magazine Interview with Frank Wolf".
  62. ^ "Explore Magazine Film Review of Kitturiaq".
  63. ^ "On The Line at SCFF".
  64. ^ "Winner at 2011 Kendal Mountain Film Festival for Best Environment Film".
  65. ^ "2011 RPFF Award Winning Films".
  66. ^ "Borealis the Grand Prize Winner at 2009 VIMFF". Archived from the original on 2014-07-26.
  67. ^ "Exhibit Eh! segment clips".
  68. ^ "X-Quest show clips".
  69. ^ "TEDx talk about Frank's work as an Adventure Filmmaker".
  70. ^ "TEDx talk about Frank's journey along the proposed route of the Northern Gateway Pipeline".
  71. ^ "FEAT talk about Wolf's work (humorous)".

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