Seals at Haida Gwaii (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Seals at Haida Gwaii (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

West Coast Program

The West Coast Program's priority natural areas.

The West Coast Program's priority natural areas. Click to enlarge. (Map by NCC)

British Columbia's west coast is one the most biologically productive areas on Earth, with more than 27,000 kilometres of coastline. The abundant marine life, lush forests, dramatic mountains and mild climate draw people here, yet this popularity has also made the south coast the most heavily impacted region in the province. Wetlands and coastal Douglas-fir forests have become endangered, while the shoreline has been altered through industry, residential developments and recreation.

Elsewhere, coastal BC is increasingly threatened by high-risk resource development on land and in the ocean. Despite the pressures, the west coast continues to sustain a high diversity of species. The natural systems that clean our air and water and support our human communities also thrive. We must work together to protect the nature and beauty of BC's west coast.

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 on the west coast:

 Old-growth forest on Kumdis River Conservation Area, Haida Gwaii. (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Haida Gwaii

 Clayoquot Sound (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Clayoquot Sound

 Central Coast Rainforest (Photo by NCC)

Central Coast Rainforest

 Grizzly with cubs at Chilcotin River (Photo by NCC)

West Chilcotin

 Volunteers at James Island (Photo by NCC)

Salish Sea

Wuikinuxv high school students helping with bear monitoring project, BC (Photo by ACS Lab, University of Victoria)

Wuikinuxv high school students helping with bear monitoring project, BC (Photo by ACS Lab, University of Victoria)

Working in partnership

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is dedicated to engaging with the indigenous communities in whose traditional territories we work. From the Council of the Haida Nation on Haida Gwaii, to the Heiltsuk First Nation and the Wuikinuxv First Nation in the Central Coast, to many Coast Salish nations in the Salish Sea, we learn from and collaborate with these communities and leaders to reach the common goal of protecting the land.

Results you can walk on

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

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Western Bluebird (Photo by Bill Pennell)The largest haven in Canada for the endangered Garry oak ecosystem, this expanse of meadow and wetlands supports a wealth of diverse plant and animal life. Extensive restoration has reclaimed the area from invasive species, while a native plant nursery and ongoing research makes this a living laboratory for scientists and volunteers alike. Learn more>
Advance permission required.

Baikie Island Nature Reserve

Kayaking (Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)

Not long ago, this former log sorting station was devoid of wildlife. Through key partnerships and a caring community, it has been transformed back into a thriving hub of salmon, eagles and rich vegetation. Part of the Campbell River Estuary, it is now a popular park.  Learn more>

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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