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 23 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.
Our supporters have signed over 31,000 postcards and sent nearly 26,000 emails since 2019 urging the provincial government to protect Manitoba's lands and waters for future generations of people and wildlife.
CPAWS Manitoba is also committed to connecting people to nature.
We’ve developed a wide range of activities and programming to help Manitobans of all ages and abilities enjoy the health and wellness benefits of nature.
More than 18,000 people registered for our group hikes, paddle nights, classes and webinars since we launched the Nature Club in 2020.
More than 13,000 children and students were connected to nature through over 750 CPAWS Manitoba outdoor education workshops and activities from May 2021 to August 2023.
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.