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World Heritage: Canada

Atikaki/Woodland Caribou/Accord First Nations(Pimachiowin Aki)

Manitoba and Ontario
Geographical Location:
51° N – 95° W

This quintessential Canadian Shield wilderness is an outstanding boreal forest, with a rich diversity of plants and wildlife in a landscape that speaks to the traditional lifeways of the Anishinabe.

Atikaki/Woodland Caribou/Accord First Nations© Parks Canada

This land was formed from the ancient rock of the Canadian Shield, shaped by glaciers, covered over by coniferous forest, ponds, bogs, and wild rice marshes, laced with tumbling streams, and tied together by swift, rocky rivers. The area provides one of the largest protected habitats for the threatened woodland caribou, which share the forests and wetlands and waterways with other wildlife typical of the boreal forest — snowshoe hares, marten, lynx, moose, wolves, fishers, black bears and wolverines. In spring, the spruce forests ring with the calls of warblers and other migratory birds, while bald eagles watch from their lofty aeries. Aboriginal peoples have lived here since the melting of the last ice sheets, and have left an impressive legacy of red ochre pictographs of bison, human figures, hand prints and power symbols gracing waterside rock faces — ancient murals that speak of a people living deep in the heart of the land.