Born to a farming family near DeBolt, Alberta, Belford grew up in East Vancouver. In the late 1960s, he moved to the Hazelton area of Northwest BC, where he homesteaded with his wife and daughter. Together they operated a soft paths eco tourism business in the remote, unroaded Nass River headwaters at Damdochax Lake. Remarried, he now lives in Prince George, BC, with his partner Si, and continues to blend the borders of poetics. Belford has published four previous books of poetry: Fireweed, The Post Electric Caveman, Pathways Into the Mountains, and ecologue.