Our Story

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 (All day)

The Wilderness Committee, founded in 1980, is a registered non-profit society with charitable status. The Wilderness Committee is Canada's people-powered, citizen-funded wilderness protection group. We have more than 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 thousands of supporters, in partnership with our dedicated board, staff, and volunteers that has allowed the Wilderness Committee to campaign successfully to protect millions of hectares of Canadian wilderness in over 55 key wilderness areas.

How We Work

Underlying our work is a belief that we have the duty, the ability, and the right to stand up for the public interest and protect Canada's and Earth's biodiversity. We believe that when people know about Canada's threatened wilderness and wildlife they will act, too. We reach out to 12 million people each year through door-to-door canvasses, educational publications, rallies and events, and the media. Our educational mission is supported by a strong research and mapping program, strategic alliances with other environmental groups, First Nations and community leaders, and regular expeditions into threatened wilderness areas.

Current Programs

Our priorities are in the following program areas:


Our campaigns have helped gain the protection of many important wilderness areas, including critical wildlife habitats and some of the world's last large tracts of oldgrowth temperate rainforest and boreal forest. Notable achievements include playing a key role in gaining protection for South Moresby - Gwaii Hanas(BC), Caribou Mountains Park(AB), South Atikaki(MB), Carmanah Valley(BC), Pinecone/Boise/Burke(BC), Manigotagan River(MB), Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux(BC), Sooke Hills(BC) and the designation of Clayoquot Sound(BC) as a United Nations Biosphere Reserve and many other areas.

In addition to our successful campaigns to protect wilderness, we have set significant legal precedents through successful litigation which stopped logging in Wood Buffalo National Park and Greater Victoria's drinking watershed; established that no logging roads should be built without approved logging permits; guaranteed public access to crown lands; and, most recently, afforded critically endangered species' habitat protection from logging under BC's Forest Practices Code. Amongst our research achievements are the establishment of the world's first upper-canopy temperate rainforest research station and our Conservation Vision mapping project that resulted in the call for protecting 40% of B.C.'s land base in order to save sufficient biodiversity.

See our Annual Reports >>

See our Strategic Plan >>

See our Bylaws >>

See our history page for a full list of our accomplishments >>