|Parks and Protected Areas
In September 2002, Canadas Prime Minister launched a plan to create ten new national parks, expand three existing national parks, and create five new marine conservation areas over a five-year period. Soon after the federal government committed much-needed resources to this plan, and set aside additional funds to help protect the ecological health of existing national parks.
Since that time Canada has established two new national parks. Ukkusiksalik (Wager Bay) National Park in Nunavut is the first of Canadas parks to encompass an entire watersheda stunning achievement. On the Pacific coast, BCs new Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, home to a vibrant diversity of marine wildlife and migratory birds, protects twelve islands.
By 2008 Canadas National Parks Action Plan will produce the following new or expanded protected areas. Nature Canada will be tracking progress every step of the way.
Marine conservation areas
National park expansions