The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s grassroots voice for wilderness. We are solutions-oriented, and we get results.
With nearly 60 years of success, we played a lead role in protecting over half a million square kilometres: an area bigger than the entire Yukon Territory!
Our mission is to permanently protect at least half of Canada’s lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.
CPAWS Manitoba has helped establish 22 parks and protected areas in our province: an area larger than Lake Winnipeg at nearly 26,000 square kilometres.
CPAWS Manitoba has been a champion of wilderness and parks in the province since 1991. We ensure the voice of conservation is heard on issues affecting our parks and wilderness areas.
We are also dedicated to connecting people with nature.
More than 15,000 people registered for our group hikes, paddle nights, webinars and other Nature Club activities in 2021 and 2022. Nearly 8,400 children and students benefited from our Outdoor Learning Program from May 2021 through December 2022.
CPAWS as a National Organization
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. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we are focused on conserving nature to respond to the dual crises of accelerated biodiversity loss and climate change.
We are Canada’s leader in conservation with nearly 60 years of success based on our expertise, public education and advocacy, relationships, and local knowledge.
CPAWS advocates for the effective, long-term protection of ecologically and culturally significant land, freshwater, and ocean areas in Canada. Working in a way that respects the sovereignty and leadership of Indigenous nations, we achieve our mission through knowledge-based advocacy, and public education and engagement, underpinned by collaboration and partnership.
At least half of land, freshwater and ocean in Canada is permanently protected to sustain nature and people for current and future generations.