Our Story

The Wilderness Committee – founded in 1980 as a registered non-profit society and federal charity – is Canada's people-powered, citizen-funded wilderness protection group. We have 60,000 supporters, volunteers and activists from coast to coast to coast working together to preserve wilderness, protect wildlife, defend parks, safeguard public resources and fight for a stable and healthy climate. Our head office is in Vancouver, with field offices in Victoria, Winnipeg and Toronto.

We are united in our mission to protect Canada’s life-giving biological diversity through strategic research and grassroots public education. We believe that the right, the duty and the ability to act for the public good are integral to citizenship. We value wilderness, with all its natural biodiversity, as absolutely vital to the health of people, communities and the planet. We act with integrity and courage to mobilize citizens to take lawful, democratic action to defend Canada’s wilderness and wildlife.

It is the combined voices of our many supporters, in partnership with our dedicated board, staff and volunteers, that has allowed the Wilderness Committee to:

  • Establish millions of hectares of protected areas
  • Participate in dozens of successful court actions in defense of endangered species and wilderness areas
  • Construct hundreds of kilometres of hiking trails into some of Canada’s most spectacular wild areas, through volunteer-driven multi-day field trips
  • Partner with dozens of First Nations communities on projects to protect traditional territories, including the renowned tribal park model
  • Publish and distribute nearly 200 editions of free educational newspapers, 55 wilderness and wildlife calendars, numerous books, posters, videos, technical briefs, research documents, and maps
  • Develop and present hundreds of lectures, slide shows, and briefs for public hearings, government meetings, school presentations, and community events, reaching over 100,000 people each year
  • Engage thousands of volunteers in hands-on projects, and inspiring many to become knowledgeable, passionate environmental advocates
  • Facilitate concrete actions taken by tens of thousands of activists and supporters to gain legislation to protect wild places

Our current strategic plan reflects where we are headed in terms of strengthening the organization and the impact of our work. 

See our Strategic Plan >>