The Nature Conservancy of Canada's first project in British Columbia was the acquisition of Mud Bay in 1974 — a vibrant intertidal property in Vancouver's Boundary Bay. Since then we have completed 100 projects that protect almost 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.
Standing at under a foot tall, with a wingspan of just 24 inches and long legs holding up a feathery, football-shaped body not much bigger than a beer can, the burrowing owl is a grasslands raptor whose curious habits (and piercing yellow eyes) make it an endearing, but perplexing, species.
NCC and the sea
Just like the bubbles in a glass of craft-made cider, a partnership between the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Sea Cider Farm & Ciderhouse has been bubbling up, and together we are doing great things for conservation in British Columbia.
Avery Bartels' Birdathon
Avery Bartels has spent the past five summers running the Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory and helping NCC track the thousands of migratory songbirds that pass through its conservation lands in BC's remote Tatlayoko Valley. Now he is offering up his skills as a birder to raise money for banding activities in Tatlayoko and beyond.
Josh Houston has a passion for finding food in the forest. And on the seashore. And in city green spaces. As a forager and chef, Josh will never go hungry.
In Bloom Wildflower Festival
Come and experience the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve at the height of its beauty at this family friendly nature festival.
A special event for Earth Day
Celebrate Earth Day with an adventurous evening of fine dining, art and conversation in honour of our one and only home planet.
World Wetlands Day
World Wetlands Day is a time to remember that the conservation and restoration of wetlands in British Columbia must be a top priority, especially in the face of a changing climate.
A graceful resolution
NCC joins forces with the BC Government and First Nations to protect Grace Islet
The 104 Club
The BC Region loses its 2 oldest supporters with the passing of Al Carder and David Chase, both at 104 years of age.
Hundreds of hands help at-risk ecosystems
Conservation Volunteers came out in record numbers in 2014 in British Columbia
West Coast Program
NCC's work on the west coast aims to protect one of the most productive and biologically diverse regions on the planet.
BC's grasslands are an open oasis in the midst of a province typified by forest, mountain and coastline.
Canadian Rockies Program Brochure
Canadian Rockies Program Brochure, 2013
Southern Interior Program Brochure
Southern Interior Program Brochure, 2013
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.
Napier Lake Ranch
Located just south of Kamloops, the Napier Lake Ranch Conservation Area protects a vast swath of vibrant native grasslands.
The Gullchucks Estuary brings together huge stands of old-growth coastal rainforest, a wild salmon-bearing river, and a floodplain and estuary that provides a home for hundreds of coastal species.
Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area
This sprawling conservation area near Osoyoos protects some of the most ecologically significant grasslands of the South Okanagan Similkameen.
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.
Chase Woods Nature Preserve
Harbouring an intact example of the old-growth coastal Douglas-fir forests that once dominated southeastern Vancouver Island, Chase Woods represents what James Douglas would have seen when he first sailed into Cowichan Bay.
Frog Bear Conservation Corridor
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.
This charming East Kootenay property was donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada by Carol and Walter Latter.
Frolek Ranch covenants
The Frolek Ranch contains some of the most intact grasslands in the Thompson-Nicola Valley.
Lac du Bois Conservation Area
Located just outside Kamloops, the Lac du Bois Conservation Area conserves the area`s iconic rolling grasslands and dry, open forests.
Baby burrowing owl on Sage and Sparrow (Photo by Evanne Barrett)
Wood lilies (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)
Volunteers battle gorse and Scotch broom, James Island, BC (Photo by NCC)
Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve
Brittle prickly-pear cactus
Sparrow Grasslands, BC (Photo by NCC)
Elk (Photo by Twildlife-Dreamstime.com)
Female common merganser (Photo by Brent Wellander)
Tatlayoko Lake Bird Observatory, BC
Frolek Ranch, Kamloops, BC
Swishwash Island, BC