The vast expanse of Hudson Bay splits the center of Canada’s north country, allowing access to the Arctic Ocean. Here the remote shoreline – inaccessible from southern roads – is barren and wild, with sparse and stunted trees dotting the tundra. A hardy menagerie of animals make this habitat their home: arctic fox and muskox, polar bears and caribou, beluga whales and ring seals, Ross’ gulls and short-eared owls.
Shared by northwest British Columbia and southeast Alaska, the transboundary watersheds are vast, wild and alive. From glacial headwaters to coastal rainforest, the rugged and spectacular Alsek-Tatshenshini, Chilkat, Taku, Whiting, Iskut-Stikine, Unuk and upper Nass watersheds are largely intact and globally significant landscapes.
Currently, over 14 per cent of British Columbia is protected as parks, including provincial parks, national parks, conservancies and ecological reserves. It has taken generations to build the BC park system, which is the envy of every other province and territory in Canada. But BC's park system is far from completed.
Manitobans are fortunate to still have vast expanses of intact, representative ecosystems within our province. These wild lands provide ecosystem services – byproducts of healthy and natural wild areas – to maintain our own health through clean air and clean water.
Stretching from the east side of Manitoba’s Lake Winnipeg far into the province of Ontario is one of the greatest natural areas left on earth. The Heart of the Boreal is a vast wilderness filled with jack pine-covered granite ridges, black spruce and tamarack lowlands, and more lakes than you can imagine.
The Wilderness Committee has worked on boreal forest research and protection for decades. We were inspired to take action because the boreal forest makes up over half of Canada, is threatened on multiple levels by numerous industrial activities such as the tar sands, and has many wildlife and plants that are declining.