Known in French as la Société pour la Nature et les Parc du Canada (SNAP Québec), the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society in Quebec (or CPAWS Quebec) is a non-profit organization dedicated to nature’s protection.
Founded in 2001, CPAWS Quebec draws on a Canadian network that has been active since 1963, having a national office in Ottawa and 13 chapters from coast to coast.
CPAWS Quebec has more than 35 000 supporters, 200 volunteers and 16 staff members dedicated to creating a network of protected areas throughout the province that will ensure the long-term protection of the boreal forest, the Far North, the St. Lawrence basin, and the ecosystems that support threatened species.
CPAWS Quebec has already contributed to the creation of more than 120,000 square kilometres (46,332 square miles) of protected areas in Quebec, including Tursujuq National Park. The organization also ensures that existing areas are well managed. CPAWs Quebec’s ultimate goal is for half of Quebec’s territory to be protected and dedicated to the protection of nature.