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We focus on protecting large tracts of land, oceans and great freshwater lakes so species like grizzlies, woodland caribou and wolverine have room to roam, and whales and fish can thrive.

Canada's rich and diverse wildlife is a national icon.  The Boreal forest is home to billions of migratory songbirds, and the Rockies are home to some of the last large mammal populations in North America. We have an incredible opportunity to keep large unbroken tracts of wilderness protected for wildlife.

What CPAWS is doing

Here are some of the species we're working to protect:

Woodland caribou

Woodland caribou herds have declined significantly in the last 100 years. Several herds have disappeared completely. Evidence suggests the majority of these herds will go extinct without conservation action. Lean more and take action at

Atlantic Salmon

The Restigouche River and its tributaries support one of the most productive wild Atlantic salmon populations, with some of the largest salmon, in eastern Canada. CPAWS is working to protect the Restigouche watershed.  Learn more and take action.


Grizzly bears need room to roam, and Canada's interconnected mountain parks are ideal habitat.  However, development and industrial pressure in the Rocky Mountain region are reducing the bears' numbers. Learn more at CPAWS Southern Alberta.

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Help us protect caribou and their boreal home
Help us protect caribou and their boreal home
Help us demonstrate that Canadians care about our caribou and want them and their boreal home protected.
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Keep the Flathead Wild
Keep the Flathead Wild
The Flathead Valley is one of the most biologically important places on earth. A key connection for animals moving north and south through the Rocky Mountains, it is a magical place of great wildness that has never been settled by humans. Help create a National Park in this special area.
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Executive Summary: Dare to be Deep, SeaStates Report on North America’s MPAs (June 2016)
Dare to be Deep: SeaStates Report on North America’s Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) (June 2016)

In the first ever joint assessment of progress on marine protected areas (MPAs) in North America, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) and the Marine Conservation Institute (MCI) find Canada, Mexico and the USA have a long way to go to collectively and individually reach international and national targets to protect at least 10% of the continental ocean estate.*

Oceans Report 2015: Dare to be Deep: Are Canada’s Marine Protected Areas Really ‘Protected’? (June 2015)

The question we pose in this report is ‘how well do Canada’s marine protected areas actually protect ocean ecosystems from industrial activities?’ This seems like a fairly straightforward question, yet it turned out to be much more difficult to answer than we expected, and the information we uncovered is worrying.

Executive Summary: Protecting Canada’s National Parks (July 2016)
Protecting Canada’s National Parks: A call for renewed commitment to nature conservation (July 2016)

In its latest annual report released in advance of Canada Parks Day, the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is calling on Parks Canada to re-focus on its legal obligation to protect nature as the first priority for managing our national parks, and to immediately stop development in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

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