The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is Canada’s only nationwide environmental charity dedicated solely to the protection of our public land and water, and ensuring our parks are managed to protect the nature within them. The Yukon chapter provides a voice for the wilderness in the territory, helping to keep Canada’s “true” north wild and free.

Based in Whitehorse, CPAWS Yukon advocates for the territory’s most valuable and priceless resource: our abundant wilderness. We work with First Nations and all levels of government, local organizations, businesses and citizens to ensure the natural wealth we enjoy today is available for our children tomorrow. We represent the views of many Yukoners who want the Yukon to be an example for the world of how people can live in balance with the natural resources we depend upon.


CPAWS Yukon aims to preserve vast tracts of the Yukon’s most beautiful and ecologically important lands and waters for all. In a world that is rapidly losing its wilderness, we want conservation to be a pillar in the Yukon so that our rich wildlife and diverse landscapes receive the protection they deserve. We support fair and democratic land-use planning that respects the rights of Yukon First Nations, engages all Yukoners and recognizes the importance of protected areas as a means to promote ecological integrity and a sustainable future for the Yukon.


CPAWS is a national charity founded in 1963, which now includes thirteen chapters and 40,000 supporters across the country. A leading organization in the environmental movement, CPAWS has spearheaded the creation of two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas. CPAWS Yukon was founded in 1992 by passionate Yukoners who wanted to bring greater attention to conservation issues in the territory, and the organization has grown into one of the most influential groups in the Yukon, engaging with First Nations, the public and government to develop solutions that will protect our environment.


  • Protect the Peel: In coalition with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun, the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in, Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation, and the Yukon Conservation Society, we are working to protect one of the largest remaining intact ecosystems in North America, the Peel Watershed, from being devastated by roads, mining and oil exploration. Our efforts have led us to the Supreme Court of Canada.
  • Integrity of our Parks: We serve as a watchdog for the Yukon’s territorial and national parks, advocating science-based decision-making that will ensure species and their habitats are protected.  We consult on the development of new parks in the Yukon to help Canada meet its international promises.
  • Sustainable Future: In areas such as mining, energy and other industries, we provide feedback to the government on proposed projects raise awareness of the potential impacts on water, wildlife and land. We also advocate for strong action on climate change that will move Yukon towards a renewable energy future and utilize conservation as a tool to buffer climate impacts.


We all need to be environmental stewards in order to protect grizzly, moose and caribou habitat, wetlands that sustain migrating swans, huge tracts of boreal forest and spectacular mountain valleys. We invite you to become a CPAWS Yukon member and support our work to save these precious places. Write to info@cpawsyukon.org to find out about membership.


We thank our funders for enabling us to do the work we do.

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