aboutThis blog is about my academic journey and my outdoor adventures. I seems to be that rare or weird bird – a Black woman who enjoys hiking, canoeing, cycling and skiing. These things make me happy. A PhD was the perfect way to combine my love of the outdoors and to get out of my mid-life funk. My research is on ‘why are Black people afraid of the woods?’

Jacqueline L. Scott is a PhD student at the University of Toronto, OISE, in the department of Social Justice Education.

She is a hike leader with two outdoors clubs. Jacqueline leads Black History Walks in Toronto.  She is the author of travel and adventure books, from a Black perspective:

50 Places: A Black History Travel Guide of London

Heartbeats in Africa: A memoir of travel and love.

Sailing on a Half Moon

Talks and Conference Presentations

Toronto Ornithological Club (2018). Birding While Black: Race in the Canadian Outdoors.

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, Black Canadian Studies Association (2018). Skiing While Black: Race, Landscape and Canadian Identity.

Ontario Parks (2018). Colour Outdoors: Race in the Canadian Wilderness.

North American Congress for Conservation Biology (2018). The Construction of the Wilderness in the Black Imagination.


National Post. (May 24, 2018). Canada’s ‘adventure gap’: Why it doesn’t makes sense for the great outdoors to be such a white space.  ‘There is a sense that the outdoors is a white space, that people of colour don’t belong in that space,’ Jacqueline Scott said in an interview