About Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness. Since 1963, we’ve led in creating over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. That amounts to about half a million square kilometres – an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory! Our vision is that Canada will protect at least half of our public land and water. As a national charity with 13 chapters, 100,000+ supporters and hundreds of volunteers, CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect our country’s amazing natural places. We’re also on guard to ensure that our parks are managed to protect the nature within them.
CPAWS envisages a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect the natural ecosystem.
We will achieve this by:
* protecting Canada’s wild ecosystems in parks, wilderness and similar natural areas, preserving the full diversity of habitats and their species;
* promoting awareness and understanding of ecological principles and the inherent values of wilderness through education, appreciation and experience;
* encouraging individual action to accomplish these goals;
* working cooperatively with government, First Nations, business, other organizations and individuals in a consensus-seeking manner, wherever possible.
CPAWS believes that by ensuring the health of the parts, we ensure the health of the whole, which is our health, too.
What People Are Saying
"I think what impresses me most about CPAWS is its record of achievement. It is a highly effective organization that mobilizes concerned Canadians to speak out for the protection of Canada's wild places and the species that live there. "
— Dan Fredrick, Monthly Donor
"As the only nationwide organization dedicated to protecting at least half of Canada's public land and water, we thank our donors for supporting our mission and helping us work collaboratively with other sectors in nearly every province and territory to achieve conservation gains."
— Oliver Kent, former CPAWS National Board President, Read More