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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.

Take Action!

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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Take action for Alberta's endangered caribou
Take action for Alberta's endangered caribou
Support a moratorium on new energy leases in the Narraway and Redrock-Priarie Creek caribou ranges.
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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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Create a National Park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen
Create a National Park in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

This badger and his desert friends need your help. Their habitat – a dry, warm landscape in southern B.C. – continues to disappear at an alarming rate due to human settlement. You can help create a National Park!

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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.

Looking for Action: Caribou losing ground (December 2014)

This report is our second annual review of Canada’s progress in conserving boreal woodland caribou habitat since the 2012 release of the federal recovery strategy for boreal caribou under the Species-at-Risk Act (SARA).

Oceans Report: Dare to be Deep: Charting Canada’s Course to 2020 (2014)

The ocean supports a tremendous diversity of life from coastal areas to the deep sea, and contains 99% of the space available for life on Earth. From plankton to whales, marine species live in a delicate balance that can easily be disturbed by human activities, and cause a domino effect on species half-way around the world.

Population Critical: How are Canada’s Boreal Woodland Caribou Faring? (2013)

In our first annual assessment of how well provinces and territories are doing in meeting their obligations to protect boreal caribou since the federal recovery strategy for the species was released in 2012, the majority get bottom marks for lagging so far behind in protecting one of Canada’s most iconic species at risk.

Comments on Mt. Norquay Ski Area Site Guidelines for Development and Use (2011)

CPAWS Southern Alberta outlines concerns about guidelines for Mount Norquay in Banff, which would adversely affect grizzlies.

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