Leave No Trace Canada
To promote and inspire responsible outdoor recreation through science-based education and partnerships throughout Canada.
Everyone enjoys the outdoors in a way that values and protects our environment now and for generations to come.
Here are a few milestones of Leave No Trace History
1990 – 91
The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) was asked to develop hands-on, science-based training to educate audiences to minimize their impacts
A summit on outdoor recreation in Washington DC leads to the creation of the independent organization “Leave No Trace”.
A small group of Canadian Leave No Trace Master Instructors meet to discuss the presence of Leave No Trace in Canada. This group, charged with the momentum of creating a Canadian branch, formed the Leave No Trace Canada Steering Committee.
A national support campaign was launched and resulted in a huge community push for the development of a Canadian branch of the organization. More than 50 letters of support were sent, and the founding organizations of Leave No Trace mobilized to see the project through. Mountain Equipment Company (MEC), Parks Canada, CPAWS, Aventure Écotourisme Québec, Vert l’action, Saskatchewan Parks and Ambassador Outdoor Education.
In March 2006, the Steering Committee began its final transition to the Board of Directors of Leave No Trace Canada. Leave No Trace officially opens in October 2006.
The 7 principles of Leave No Trace
The Seven No Trace Principles provide a framework of impact reduction practices and techniques available to anyone who spends time in the outdoors.
We would like to acknowledge and thank our Supporting Partners, without whom we could not do what we do. Thank you for contributing to the development and promotion of the Leave No Trace Canada program.
Quebec Ministry of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change (MELCC)
National Partners & Key Stakeholders
We would like to acknowledge our partners who continue to work diligently to advocate for the conservation of our outdoor spaces and who empower people to act on those interests.