Welcome to our Vancouver Island office! The office in Victoria was established in 1989 so that we could be front and centre at the province's parliament. Our focus at that time was to defend Vancouver Island’s unique wild places and old-growth giants from logging activities, in favour of permanent protection. Since then, we have led many successful campaigns to protect our wilderness, including the Sea to Sea Green Belt, the Sooke Hills and Carmanah Valley.

Our Victoria office has become a strong part of the Island activist community in Victoria and our staff are on the ground throughout the Island working hand-in-hand with First Nations and local communities to protect the Island's old-growth, endangered species and special marine ecosystems. In the 2000s we ramped up campaign activities on the Island to fight climate change at its root causes and promote alternative energy sources and a transition to a just economy. With four full-time staff members, a door-to-door canvass team and a bunch of volunteers, we are a leading grassroots environmental group on the Island.

Please join us in our work. Contact us to volunteer, donate, or drop by our office on Haultain street to buy eco-gifts, cards and calendars, or just to visit! 

Our Campaigns

Photo: Isabelle Groc
Photo: Isabelle Groc

Did you know BC has no endangered species legislation? Most people are unaware that although the greatest biodiversity in the country exists in the lands now called BC, we have the highest number of species at risk - all receiving virtually zero protection.

Photo: Chris Bidleman
Photo: Chris Bidleman

A specific class of pesticides called neonicotinoids (neonics) are harmful to bees and it’s slowly being recognized and banned, all over the world but Canada still hasn’t banned this harmful pesticide. Bees may be small, but the impact they have on our environment – and our daily lives – is immense.

Since the early 1980s, the Wilderness Committee has been following the lead of Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations [pronounced new-chaw-nulth] and 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...

For years, we’ve stood up for a healthy climate in Canada by opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure. But parallel to this fight is to create a vision for the communities we want to live in.

Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Photo: Mike Grandmaison
Canada’s Species at Risk Act isn’t effective enough. A recent study showed that over 50% of wildlife species across the country are experiencing population declines. So you might be asking yourself, how can over half of wildlife be declining in Canada if we have a Species at Risk Act that is supposed to protect them?

British Columbia wants to build a natural gas industry that will rival the tar sands. In the northeast corner of the province, fracking projects litter the landscape and poison First Nations communities.

Photo: Isabelle Groc
Photo: Isabelle Groc

Among the most widely beloved endangered animals are the southern resident orcas or killer whales. Found in the international waters of the Salish Sea, these 76 whales are under threat from toxins, acoustic disturbances and diminished food supplies. There is also the looming, and very real threat, of an oil spill in the Salish Sea which would be catastrophic for the whole ecosystem.

Photo: Michael Wheatley
Photo: Michael Wheatley

This Pacific coast is a beautiful and diverse ecosystem teeming with life. We won’t stand by and let the Trudeau government use our tax money to build a pipeline that violates Indigenous rights, fuels climate change and puts this spectacular place at risk of a catastrophic oil spill.

Old-growth forests are diverse: from wet rainforests with towering, mossy Sitka spruce trees and gnarly red cedars with trunks wider than a car's length; to dry forests with contorted Garry oak and arbutus trees and massive Douglas-firs; to high elevation, slow-growing yellow cedars and mountain hemlocks covered in...
Photo: Shane Johnson
Photo: Shane Johnson

In unceded Pacheedaht Territory, on southern Vancouver Island, one of the most spectacular ancient rainforests is threatened by clearcut logging. Despite decades of protests and blockades, Kaxi:ks [pronounced ka-hecks], or the Walbran Valley, remains largely unprotected.

Wild Pacific salmon – Sockeye, Coho, Chinook, Chum and Pink – are the lifeblood of the West Coast, supporting Orcas, Grizzlies, other wildlife, forests, First Nations, coastal communities and tourism. Wild salmon are in trouble. Effects from over-fishing, salmon farming, climate change, habitat alteration by logging, mining, agriculture and dams have extinguished over 100 populations of salmon are at risk in British Columbia.
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Victoria Office
1501 Haultain Street
Victoria, BC
Unceded Lekwungen Territories
V8R 2K1

Hours: Monday to Friday 9 am to 4 pm

(250) 388-WCWC (9292)
(250) 388-9223 (fax)

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