Expedition · Survival
Magnetawan, Ontario’s Jim Baird is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker who grew up exploring the Crown Land east of Bancroft, Ontario alongside his brother Ted.
He turned the confidence he built from spending time in the outdoors at a young age into a passion for wilderness travel in Canada’s North. Jim is an avid whitewater canoeist, trekker, bushcrafter and all-around outdoorsman who has several impressive expeditionary trips to his credit. Jim has backpacked 100miles through the Canadian Rockies and he’s also the first person on record to complete a self-propelled trek across the northern Ungava Peninsula in winter — a 36 day Arctic trip he completed with only the company of his dog, Buck. Jim and Buck have also crossed Baffin Island in winter and Jim has canoed from Schedferville, Quebec to Hopedale, Labrador on a 33-day trip via four rivers including the Adlatok. Other northern routes he’s canoed include rivers such as the East Natashquan, Moisie, Kesagami, Mountain, Nahanni, Porcupine (Saskatchewan), Upper and Lower Stikine, and the Kuujjua which lies further north than the entire state of Alaska. He’s also ventured into the depths of the Amazon Jungle where he trekked and rafted extensively.
The accumulation of skills he gained from his multiple adventures helped him and his brother Ted win season 4 of the self-shot survival TV series ‘Alone’ on History Channel where the brothers survived on northern Vancouver Island for 75 days through the late fall and winter. This long stint capped off a total of five months that Jim spent camping and traveling in remote wilderness areas in just 2016. Jim’s also appeared on The Discovery Channel and contributes to Field & Stream, Outdoor Canada, Explore, and Canoe & Kayak magazines, in addition to the multi-platform media brand BeAlive. Aside from adventuring, Jim’s also worked as a mineral prospector and with a mapmaking company.