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Sports & Recreation Outdoor Skills

Wilderness Secrets Revealed

Adventures of a Survivor

by (author) André-François Bourbeau

foreword by Les Stroud

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
May 2013
Outdoor Skills, Camping, Adventurers & Explorers
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A lifetime of wilderness adventures and the resulting insights relating to nature’s intricacies as experienced by a master in the art of primitive wilderness survival.

"Fire! Wake up! The shelter is on fire!"
His students affectionately call him "Doc Survival." He’s Quebec’s Indiana Jones in a forest setting. Searching for the treasures of the wilderness has been his life-long quest; with passion as his only guide, he has dared to penetrate the forest on its own terms, facing increasingly difficult challenges in the hope of becoming nature’s confidant, of learning her secrets.
Professor emeritus André-François Bourbeau holds a Guinness World Record for voluntary wilderness survival in the boreal forest. Herein lies his path and his stories, unadulterated: gritty and often comical mistakes punctuated by inspiring successes. What remains of this lifetime of experimentation is one man’s everlasting love of the wilderness and its intricacies, a rousing reflection on our own human priorities, and need for deep connection with the environment and other fellow beings.


About the authors

André-François Bourbeau is professor emeritus at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi where he taught for over 30 years in the Outdoor Adventure Program he co-founded. He also founded and directed the university’s outdoor research laboratory. Bourbeau lives in the Saguenay region of Quebec.

André-François Bourbeau's profile page

LES STROUD is the author of Survive! and Will To Live. An expert survivalist, Les is also a filmmaker, a singer-songwriter and the creator of the television shows Survivorman and Beyond Survival. A member of the prestigious Explorers Club, he has produced, hosted and appeared in many television specials, including Shark Week, Surviving Alaska and Off the Grid With Les Stroud. Visit him online at or on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter @reallesstroud.

LAURA BOMBIER is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in magazines such as Canadian Geographic, Cottage Life and Canadian Living, as well as the books Survive! and Will to Live. Laura travels extensively, shooting still photography for all episodes of Survivorman and Beyond Survival. Visit her online at

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