The Nature Conservancy of Canada's first project in British Columbia was the 1974 acquisition of Mud Bay, a vibrant intertidal property in Vancouver's Boundary Bay. Since then we have completed more than 80 projects that protect more than 1 million acres (400,000 hectares) of this province's most ecologically significant land and water. Today, the BC Region continues to work with our partners to protect and steward British Columbia's natural heritage.
BC Interns 2013
Meet our 2013 interns!
The bluebirds are back
The beautiful Cowichan Valley inspires many visitors to return to its open spaces and forested hills. Bird enthusiasts and conservationists alike are overjoyed that among those who have returned this year are three bluebirds – the first of their kind to migrate back to the valley since the 1990s.
Celebrating Sage and Sparrow
On May 16 we celebrated the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area near Ososyoos with nearly 100 adventurous nature lovers.
Sage and Sparrow celebration
Join us for an amazing afternoon event to celebrate the grand opening of the Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area!
De-extinction, or conservation?
The concept of “de-extinction” has been discussed widely in the conservation community this spring, ever since a TEDx conference in Washington. Tim Ennis, West Coast Program Manager for the BC Region of the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), has watched these discussions with great interest and some concern.
In Bloom Wildflower Festival
Come and experience the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve at the height of its beauty at this family friendly nature festival.
The evolution of a gift
Sally Otto won a prestigious "genius grant" for her work in evolutionary biology. She has put that grant to work, saving habitat for species at risk in BC's South Okanagan.
A super-sized close encounter
Peter Shaughnessy has a highly unusual encounter with three humpback whales.
A place worth protecting
NCC turns 50 in November, and the BC Region is getting ready to celebrate.
Ray Van Steinburg and Hugh McKluckie: conservationists in ranchers' clothing
NCC intern Sonja Seher visits Pine Butte Ranch, where Ray Van Steinburg and Hugh McKluckie show her how they used cattle to revitalize a dying grassland valley.
BC's grasslands are an open oasis in the midst of a province typified by forest, mountain and coastline.
Oceans and Freshwater
Between the Pacific Coast and the extensive network of rivers and lakes that criss-cross BC, water is a defining feature of this province.
Stewardship & Restoration
Working closely with our neighbours and the local community, we monitor and care for the property?s natural features to ensure its health and resiliency for the long term.
Science and Research
Conservation science is a dynamic field of research and practice that makes a real impact on protecting our natural habitats.
Come visit us!
Many of the properties protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada welcome visitors.
Daphne Ogilvie Nature Sanctuary
Located in the lush grasslands of the southern Cariboo plateau, the Daphne Ogilvie Nature Sanctuary has long been celebrated by birders and other naturalists.
Elkink South Block
Having successfully raised $4.4 million to purchase the Elkink South Block, we are now in the final stages of completing this exciting conservation project.
Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area
Two beautiful, abundant properties near Osoyoos that show off the South Okanagan's native grasslands at its best.
The lush valleys, rugged peaks, tumbling creeks, and deep lakes of British Columbia's Selkirk Mountains are both astoundingly beautiful and ecologically important.
The Flathead River Valley
Straddling the BC-Montana border in the western shadow of the Rocky Mountains, the Flathead River Valley is one of North America's most spectacular wilderness areas.
Tatlayoko Lake Ranch
The Tatlayoko Valley is a spectacular natural area in BC's southern Chilcotin area. Our conservation work in this valley is anchored by the 939-acre (380-hectare) Tatlayoko Lake Ranch.
Named after two of the species that will most benefit from its protection, our Frog Bear Conservation Area builds connectivity and safeguards wetland habitat in the Creston Valley.
Campbell River Estuary
Once an industrial mud pit, the Campbell River Estuary is mid-stride in a dramatic transformation back into an area of rich diversity and beauty.
The Koeye River estuary has been identified by scientists as one of the most outstanding estuaries in British Columbia and is listed as a Protected Area under the Great Bear Rainforest agreement.
Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve
The Cowichan Valley is widely known as one of the last and best havens of the globally endangered Garry Oak ecosystem and its associated biodiversity.
Volunteers battle gorse and Scotch broom, James Island, BC (Photo by NCC)
Sparrow Grasslands, BC (Photo by NCC)
Columbia lilies (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)
Elk (Photo by Twildlife-Dreamstime.com)
Female common merganser (Photo by Brent Wellander)
Wetlands on Marion Creek Benchlands (Photo by NCC
Western bluebird (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)
Shooting star and buttercup (Photo by NCC)
Columbia Valley Wetlands, BC (Photo by Brent Wellander)
Rose breasted grosbeak (Photo by Pat Morrow)
Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, BC
Swishwash Island, BC
Frolek Ranch, Kamloops, BC