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Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only charity dedicated to the protection of public land, freshwater and ocean with a strong national and regional presence across the country. Their vision is that at least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.

The Canadian Voice of the Wilderness

CPAWS is the only charitable organization in Canada dedicated to the permanent protection of at least half of Canada's lands, inland waters and oceans to sustain nature and people now and for future generations. For over 60 years, CPAWS has been a leader in conservation in Canada through its expertise, public education and advocacy, partnerships and local skills with a strong national and regional presence across the country. CPAWS Canada is a reliable, credible, nationally coordinated organization that relies on collaboration and knowledge to protect nature and counter the twin crises of accelerating biodiversity loss and climate change.

Working with respect for the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous Nations, CPAWS Canada pursues its mission through knowledge-based advocacy, public awareness and engagement, based on collaboration and partnerships.

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  • Conservation across Canada
    CPAWS has 13 local offices, from the Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador, and a national office located in Ottawa.
  • Working together for a healthier future
    CPAWS works with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, industry and other environmental groups to advance innovative conservation solutions.
  • Protecting our public lands, oceans and inland waters
    CPAWS focuses its activities exclusively on public domains, which represent 90% of our country and 100% of our oceans
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  • More than 60 years at the service of the protection of natural environments
    Founded in the 1960s, CPAWS has contributed for more than 60 years to the creation of new parks and protected areas in terrestrial and marine areas.
  • Ensuring the integrity of our parks
    CPAWS helps establish new parks and protected areas and play a watchdog role to ensure that existing parks are managed in a way that protects the nature within them.

We Can’t Wait

Join the movement to protect at least 30% of land and ocean in Canada by 2023.

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