Ontario and Manitoba establish interprovincial wilderness area: Announcement strengthens boreal forest protection

Ontario and Manitoba today signed a memorandum of understanding to establish and manage a protected Interprovincial Wilderness Area in the boreal forest along the Ontario-Manitoba border.

The new wilderness area covers more than 9,400 square kilometres, including Woodland Caribou Provincial Park and the Eagle-Snowshoe Conservation Reserve in Ontario and Atikaki Provincial Park and parts of Nopiming Provincial Park in Manitoba.

The creation of the Interprovincial Wilderness Area is a significant step towards the success of Pimachiowin Aki, a partnership of four First Nations and the governments of Manitoba and Ontario that is working to have 40,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in the two provinces declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See press release and a summary of the agreement.

 

“With Manitoba, we will work with nearby First Nations, the Pimachiowin Aki World Heritage Project, and other local communities to enhance the conservation of this remarkable area,” said Ontario Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield. See more videos.
Ontario Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield and Manitoba Conservation Minister Stan Struthers sign the interprovincial wilderness area memorandum of agreement marking a milestone toward a World Heritage Site designation. See more photos.