Preserving Wilderness

The Wilderness Committee's campaigns to protect coastal rainforests, wild rivers, grasslands and boreal forests aim to preserve Canada's legendary wilderness. Preserving wild lands and keeping ecosystems intact also serves to mitigate the impacts of industrial development and climate change.

Canada's Boreal Region

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.

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.

Doubling BC's Parks

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.

Expand Manning and Skagit Provincial Parks

This region in the southwest mainland of British Columbia (see map) encompasses the areas commonly referred to as the Fraser Canyon area, the upper Fraser Valley area, the Harrison Lake area, and the Chilliwack Lake area.

Hudson Bay

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.

Inland Temperate Rainforest

For years, the Wilderness Committee has been working with allies to help safeguard one of BC’s most unique old-growth forest ecosystems – the world’s only inland temperate rainforest.

Manitoba's Conservation Hotspots

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.

Okanagan National Park

It's one of Canada's greatest conservation opportunities! It's the campaign to protect Canada's desert, grasslands and ponderosa pine forests in southern BC. The federal and BC governments are currently looking at establishing a new national park reserve in the hot, dry South Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys around the towns of Osoyoos and Keremeos in southern British Columbia.

Save Fish Lake

Fish Lake (Teztan Biny in the Tsilhqot’in language) is a mountain lake, located on the Chilcotin Plateau, 125 kilometers west of Williams Lake British Columbia, Canada.

The Heart of the Boreal

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.

Transboundary Watersheds

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.

Walbran Valley
The Walbran Valley harbours some of the finest ancient forests remaining on southern Vancouver Island. This amazing big-tree forest has been the subject of Wilderness Committee preservation campaigns since the 1980s.