Clayoquot Sound

Since the early 1980s the Wilderness Committee has been working with like-minded environmental groups to protect the intact ancient forested valleys of Clayoquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We are seeking protection for 68,000 hectares of ancient forests.

We are part of the Clayoquot Sound Conservation Alliance, which is made up of Forest Ethics, Friends of Clayoquot Sound, Greenpeace, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and the Wilderness Committee.

The ancient forests and waters of Clayoquot Sound have long been recognized as an exciting opportunity to protect fully functioning, intact coastal rainforest ecosystems on BC's south pacific coast. In 1993, citizens concern over logging in Clayoquot Sound boiled over into some of the largest environmental protests ever seen in Canada.

The designation of Clayoquot Sound as an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000, while a huge step forward, does not provide legislated protection ...learn more

Google Map of Clayoquot Sound - Intact Unprotected Watersheds
The remaining unprotected intact watersheds (shown in green) of Clayoquot Sound have been proposed for permanent protection. Clayoquot Sound boundary is shown in purple.

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Clayoquot Sound - Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Parks
The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations have declared two tribal parks for their territory in Clayoquot Sound. The Tribal Parks are shown in green, while Clayoquot Sound is shown in purple.

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Recent Developments

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Location: Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois (Meares Island) is in Clayoquot Sound, just offshore from Tofino amongst sparkling inlets and snow-capped mountain peaks.
2 weeks 2 days ago
Location: Wah-nuh-jus—Hilthoois (Meares Island) is in Clayoquot Sound, just offshore from Tofino amongst sparkling inlets and snow-capped mountain peaks.
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Take Action

Clayoquot Sound: Rainforests, salmon…and a new gold mine?

Write a letter now!

We know Clayoquot Sound on Vancouver Island’s west coast as a region of pristine forests, healthy watersheds, rich First Nations cultures, and abundant wildlife. Unfortunately, BC's provincial government thinks it’s a perfect place for a new gold mine.

An amended permit has been issued to Selkirk Metals to begin exploratory mining work at the inactive Fandora site, located in the Tranquil Valley area of Clayoquot Sound.

Clayoquot Sound is a major concern for the Wilderness Committee. For over three decades, we’ve been engaged in various campaigns advocating for environmental conservation and wilderness preservation in this beautiful region of BC.

The Fandora site is in the territory of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, who have recently declared the Tranquil Valley a Tribal Park. The Tla-o-qui-aht have clearly and repeatedly opposed mining work in their territory, citing concerns about environmental and water quality, and the fact that mining does not fit into their vision of low-impact, sustainable economic activity.

We support the Tla-o-qui-aht opposition to mining in their territory, and have brought our concerns over mining in Clayoquot to the provincial government.

Unfortunately, the government has ignored the opposition to this project, and issued a permit for work in August 2013.

The Tla-o-qui-aht are outraged about the lack of consultation. (See our joint press release with the Tla-o-qui-aht Nation)

To read more about the issue, check out this article from the Vancouver Sun.

Right now is a critical time to keep the pressure on this government. We need to tell the BC Ministry of Energy and Mines that Clayoquot Sound is no place for a new gold mine, and that First Nations rights must be respected.

Please join us as we continue to support the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation’s opposition to this short-sighted proposal. Use our letter-writing tool to contact Minister Bill Bennett, and tell him to say NO to mining and YES to sustainable initiatives in Clayoquot Sound.

Click here to write your letter today!

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