In Manitoba, approximately 6 million hectares (9.8% of the province as of 2010) are designated as protected. Environment and Climate Change Canada maintains 2 protected areas in Manitoba, both National Wildlife Areas (NWAs), comprising 60 hectares of the province's protected lands and waters. Currently, there are no Migratory Bird Sanctuaries (MBSs) in the province.

Map of Environment and Climate Change Canada's Protected Areas in Manitoba

Map of protected areas in Manitoba. (2) Rockwood NWA (1) Pope NWA

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Map showing the number of Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas in Manitoba totalling 2, both National Wildlife Areas (NWAs).

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List of Protected Areas in Manitoba

The table below contain information about the NWAs shown on the map above. In addition to the name, year of establishment, and size of each protected area, the table indicate how these sites fit into national and international networks of conservation areas. The following entities may be noted:

Ramsar: Wetland of International Importance

Important Bird Area (IBA)

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN)

Biosphere reserve of the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and Biosphere Programme (MAB)

National Wildlife Areas

NWA NameYear establishedSize in hectares
Pope NWA197829
Rockwood NWA198131

Access and Permitting

Although access to NWAs is not restricted, the primary purpose of these areas is to protect and conserve wildlife and their habitats, and therefore most NWAs are not equipped with facilities to accommodate public visitation. Unless otherwise posted, all recreational activities are prohibited within NWAs.

Although access to most MBSs is not restricted either, the primary intent of these sanctuaries is to protect migratory birds, and therefore hunting, as well as disturbing or molesting migratory birds, their eggs, nests or habitat, is prohibited.

A permit may be obtained from the Minister of the Environment authorizing the conduct of certain activities in an NWA or MBS, if the Minister or delegate is of the opinion that the proposed activity:

  • will not interfere with the conservation of wildlife; or
  • is consistent with the purpose for which the protected area was established; and
  • is consistent with the management plan for the protected area.

Contact Information

Additional information on entry, prohibited activities and permits in Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas is provided on the Management and Activities web pages of the NWAs and MBSs. For more isformation on Environment and Climate Change Canada's protected areas in Manitoba, please contact the regional Environment and Climate Change Canada office:

Environment and Climate Change Canada - Prairie and Northern Region
Canadian Wildlife Service
Protected Areas and Stewardship
Eastgate Offices
9250 – 49th Street NW
Edmonton, Manitoba
T6B 1K5
Toll Free: 1-800-668-6767 (in Canada only)

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