Parks Canada

Parks Canada

April 11, 2009 10:40 ET

The Government of Canada Declares Four New Wilderness Areas

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced the declaration of four new Canadian wilderness areas within national parks that will further protect outstanding examples of Canada's natural heritage.

"These new wilderness areas will provide a greater degree of protection for these remarkable places, while Canadians continue to experience and enjoy them," said Minister Prentice. "We are proud to offer Canadians such unique opportunities to appreciate their national parks and national park reserves."

The new wilderness areas will cover portions of Waterton Lakes National Park of Canada, Fundy National Park of Canada, Vuntut National Park of Canada, and the Nahanni National Park Reserve of Canada. No activities may take place in these areas that would impair in any way their distinct wilderness character.

Parks Canada consulted broadly with First Nations, stakeholders and local communities on the management plans and on the declaration of these wilderness areas.

Hiking, cross country skiing and other recreational activities enjoyed by the public within the national parks and the national park reserve can and will continue within the declared wilderness areas.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future. Through a network of 42 national parks, 162 national historic sites, and three national marine conservation areas, Parks Canada sets the stage and invites Canadians, as well as people from around the world, to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery of our treasured natural and historic places.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada
    Michele Monette
    Media Relations