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The most valuable islands you’ve never heard of


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The most valuable islands you’ve never heard of


Off Canada’s east coast lies a little known yet incredible natural treasure - a vast and beautiful archipelago of over 100 Wild Islands. This is one of the last remaining intact and ecologically rich island groups of its size in North America. 

In August of 2016 we reached our goal of raising $7 million for the protection of these islands. To date over 80% of the 100 Wild Islands are protected with more in progress!

However, our work is just getting started, because we commit to making sure that the islands are cared for and stewarded, forever.

We need your help! Join the Friends of the Wild, and be part of the legacy.

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Largely undisturbed since the last ice age


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Largely undisturbed since the last ice age


In the 100 Wild Islands wilderness, untouched white sand beaches, idyllic sheltered coves, and dramatic, windswept headlands welcome the intrepid wilderness paddler or sailor.

The unique boreal rainforests, bogs and barrens, and over 250 kilometres of shoreline--have been largely undisturbed by humans for over 10,000 years.

A rich diversity of birds find refuge in the islands, from majestic eagles and osprey to over 100 species of seabirds, songbirds and shorebirds.

Unmatched opportunities abound for exploration and discovery.

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A Pristine Wilderness in Our Backyard


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A Pristine Wilderness in Our Backyard


Opportunities to protect a coastal island wilderness of this scale and significance are increasingly rare across the planet. That’s why Nova Scotians are so lucky to have this pristine wilderness right in our own backyard.

We're taking advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to protect  the entire archipelago - over 100 wild islands, encompassing 7,000 acres of land - through a  unique cooperative private and public land conservation partnership.  

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Preserve an irreplaceable part of Canada’s treasured coastal legacy


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Preserve an irreplaceable part of Canada’s treasured coastal legacy