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Explore additional content for the winter 2023 issue of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Magazine

Coast to coast

Deep snooze

We often think of the saying “you snooze, you lose” as a missed opportunity, but in the case of certain animals, a good slumber is vital to their winter survival (page 4). For others, as seen in the video below, it’s a challenge to adapt and survive the toughest time of year.

Boots on the trail

Tourbière de Venise-Ouest Nature Reserve

Learn more about this protected area of ecologically significant peatland on the north shore of Lake Champlain, Quebec, in the video below. (page 6)

Take a tour of the Tourbière de Venise-Ouest Nature Reserve.

Backpack Essentials

Dance partners

Gurdeep Pandher is bringing Bhangra to screens around the world. With the wild landscapes of the Yukon often setting the scene, nature dances along with him (page 7). See his dance skills in action.

To learn more about Gurdeep, visit

Feature story

Hand in hand

In communities across the country, people of all backgrounds — industry, civil society, landowners, volunteers, Indigenous communities, business owners and governments — are working together to care for natural areas and the species that live in them (page 8). Learn more about some of the projects featured in the article as well as an additional project announced after the magazine had gone to press!

The Yarrow is 1,650 hectares along the Waterton Park Front in Alberta.

Nestled in southern Alberta, where the Rockies meet the Prairies, lies The Yarrow. This beautiful and varied landscape provides habitat to over 100 species and supports our planet’s air, water and food security. It’s a home for life.

75,000 hectares in the Incomappleux Valley in southeastern British Columbia protected.

In January 2023, NCC celebrated the protection of 75,000 hectares in the Incomappleux Valley in southeastern British Columbia. The protection of this vast, remote area of rare inland temperate rainforest and intact river system was made possible through committed collaboration between NCC, the provincial government, industry, First Nations, foundations and individuals.

Returning an 85-hectare island to its original stewards.

Conservation achieved through collaboration with Indigenous Peoples is an important form of Reconciliation. The Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq and NCC are taking steps that work toward this shared goal. Working with the community, NCC is leading efforts to secure the land. NCC and the community will then care for the land for the next five years. The island will eventually be returned to the Epekwitnewaq Mi’kmaq.

Watch this video and learn about the important role cattle and rangeland producers have in managing grasslands.

Species profile

Canada lynx

With its snowshoe-like paws and thick hair, this cat can be found throughout Canada and thrives in deep snow (page 12).