Mt Broadwood (Photo by Sonja Seher)

Mt Broadwood (Photo by Sonja Seher)

Canadian Rockies Program

The Canadian Rockies Program priority natural areas (Map by NCC)

The Canadian Rockies Program priority natural areas. Click to enlarge. (Map by NCC)

Encompassing the lands immediately to the west of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, this iconic area is a mix of wild spaces and human communities. With expansive valleys, rugged mountains and an abundant network of freshwater bodies, this region supports an incredible natural diversity. The land is a source of sustenance, income, recreation and inspiration for residents and visitors alike.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada's (NCC's) work in the Canadian Rockies aims to protect wildlife corridors on both the British Columbia and Alberta sides of the mountains. It also aims to enhance existing networks of protected areas here. In BC, the Canadian Rockies Program engages in key areas throughout the Kootenays, from the Rocky Mountain Trench and Elk and Flathead Valleys, westwards to the South Selkirk Mountains. This is a space in which conservation can, and should, think big.

Priority natural areas

The Nature Conservancy of Canada focuses its work in priority conservation areas that have been identified through our science-based planning initiatives. Find out about our priority areas in the Canadian Rockies:

A pair of mountain goats (Photo by Nigel Finney)

 Elk Flathead

 Sunset at Pine Butte Ranch (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Rocky Mountain Trench

 Alpine plants on Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by Bruce Kirkby)

West Kootenay

Results you can walk on

Our success isn't just for the birds! We welcome visitors to some of our favourite conservation areas:

A group shot from the Lot 48 celebration (Photo by kimberleyrae.ca)Columbia Lake - Lot 48

Lot 48 offers hiking, swimming, birdwatching opportunities and more, on the east shore of the gorgeous Columbia Lake. Learn more >

Hikers on Darkwoods, British Columbia (Photo by NCC)Darkwoods

Visitors can experience the rugged terrain and spectacular views of NCC's largest project in BC, near Nelson. Learn more >
Summer access only. Permit required.

Looking for more options? Check out the complete list of Nature Conservancy of Canada conservation areas that you can visit in BC.

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