The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada's pre-eminent, national community-based voice for public wilderness protection. Since 1963 CPAWS has taken a lead role in establishing two-thirds of Canada’s protected wild space--an area over seven times the size of Nova Scotia.
Canada is home to one-fifth of the world's most important large intact ecosystems, which scientists tell us are essential for our ecosystem as a whole to remain healthy. But the pressures to develop these areas increase daily. Our vision is that at least one-half of Canada’s public lands, freshwater and ocean environments will remain permanently wild.
CPAWS is a network of 13 chapters, 20,000 members, over 50 staff and hundreds of committed volunteers, all dedicated to wilderness conservation and what it means for our country. It’s our hope that The Big Wild™ will be a significant step forward in engaging more Canadians in wilderness protection. By ensuring the health of the parts, we ensure the health of the whole, which is our health too.