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 in Fan Tan Alley to buy eco-gifts, cards and calendars, or just to visit! 

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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 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...

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 nature is the envy of the world but our Species at Risk Act isn’t effective enough. A recent study showed that over 50% of Canadian wildlife species are experiencing population declines. So you might be asking yourself, how can over half of Canadian wildlife be declining if we have a Species at Risk Act that is supposed to protect them?
British Columbia, Canada is home to some of Earth's most spectacular, ancient temperate forests, including the world's largest Douglas-fir tree (the Red Creek Fir) and second-largest western red cedar tree (the Cheewhat Cedar). These old-growth forests are diverse: from wet rainforests with towering, mossy Sitka spruce...
Photo: Shane Johnson
Photo: Shane Johnson

On southern Vancouver Island, in unceded Pacheedaht Territory, one of the most spectacular ancient rainforests in Canada is threatened by clearcut logging. Despite decades of protests and blockades, Kaxi:ks, 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 stocks of salmon and 700 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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