Meet James Raffan. Speaker, Author. Adventurer.

Projects and Events


February 4th, 2017 | 7:30pm

Northern Voyage:  A 50th Anniversary Gala Concert Celebrated Through Partnership between the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra and The Canadian Canoe Museum  Saturday

Showplace in Peterborough

(from the brochure) “Adventurer, acclaimed author and Director Emeritus of The Canadian Canoe Museum, James Raffan, hosts a trip through the Arctic Circle via Russia’s Borodin, Norway’s Grieg, Sweden’s Swendsen and Finland’s Sibelius.  The latter will be performed by celebrated American violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn on her famous 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius.  You’ll also be treated to the world premier of the Canadian composer Christine Donkin’s new work based on the legend of the Flying Canoe (La Chasse-galerie).  This beautiful new music was commissioned by the PSO and The Canadian Canoe Museum in honour of their partnership and the PSO’s 50th anniversary milestone.”

Summer 2017

Sesquicentennial Project

Exploring possibilities for role with Rivers of Reconciliation with Dechinta: Bush University Centre for Research and Learning

Late Autumn or Early Winter 2017 UK Speaking Tour

Dates with Royal Scottish Geographical Society throughout Scotland and with the Royal Geographical Society in London

September 6th – September 23rd   2016

Arctic Icebreaker Expedition: Ultimate Northwest Passage on the Kapitan Khlevnikov with Quark Expeditions


July 21st – August 5th

Arctic 2016 Expedition with Students on Ice

July 10th – 22nd  2016

Heart of the Arctic Expedition with Adventure Canada

June 11th – 20th  2016

Expedition to Sable Island with Adventure Canada

May 20th  2016

Meadowlark Festival in Penticton, BC

April 29th – May 1st  2016

Gananoque Literary Festival

April 16th  2016

Keynote for the Ontario Wilderness Leadership Symposium

Hosted by the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario at Ganaraska Forest Centre.

March 22nd  2016

Keynote for Trent Northern Studies Colloquium

Venue: The Canadian Canoe Museum.

March 8th  2016

C.E.L.P. and Headwaters Interdisciplinary Programs Talk

For staff and students at Centennial C.V.I. in Guelph, ON

March 7th  2016

Keynote at Wilfred Laurier University

WLU Department of Geography and Environmental Studies  in association with the Balsillie School of International Affair and the Faculty of Arts.  Paul Martin Centre, March 7th, 4pm

March 2nd  2016

Keynote at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Policy Retreat

The Venue in Peterborough.

February 17th – 27th  2016

Western Speaking Tour Winnipeg & Calgary

with events at Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg, University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, Fort Calgary and Bear Paw Elementary School.

February 1st – 5th  2016

Thunder Bay Speaking Tour

with events hosted by Lakehead University, Fort William First Nation, and Thunder Bay Field Naturalists.

January 22nd  2016

Environmental Sciences Symposium Keynote in Guelph

January 17th  2016

Storyfest on the Road

Fundraising talk called “Accessible Wildness” in Lyndhurst with Don Ross, Executive Director, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve.

January 11th  2016

Explorer’s Club Talk in New York City

This was webcast live and will be uploaded eventually to the Explorers Club Website

January 9th and 10th  2016

New York Times Travel Show Presentations in New York City


December 15th  2015

Keynote at Camp Kawartha AGM  In return for this talk, Camp Kawartha offered to donate two places on this summers “Adventures in Understanding” cross cultural canoe trip to two youths from Fort William First Nation.

November 17th  2015

Keynote at Latournell Conservation Symposium

November 4th – 9th  2015

Workshops and presentations at Banff Mountain Book and Film Festival

October 21st  2015

Keynote at Laurentian University School of Architecture

October 16th  2015

Presentation at Later Life Learning Series in Kingston