Dumoine, Noire and Coulonge Rivers


Southwestern Quebec offers some of the last remaining opportunities to protect large, intact, landscapes. The Dumoine, Noire and Coulonge watersheds are among the last wild and intact watersheds anywhere in southern Canada. Our vision for western Quebec is bold and inspiring – an interconnected network of protected areas centered around the Dumoine, Noire and Coulonge watersheds that fully protect the richness of the landscape, that provide connections between the forests of the Ottawa Valley and the Boreal forest to the north and that provide meaningful jobs and investment to local communities based on ecotourism and sustainable development. Learn more!



UPDATE May 12, 2021: We have included updates on our Noire & Coulonge protected area project, in partnership with CREDDO. Learn more about the project’s progress by clicking the “Protecting the Noire & Coulonge” tab above!

CPAWS-OV is pleased to announce that our project to create 115,000 hectares protected area in the Noire and Coulonge Rivers watershed will be funded, in part, by Canada Nature Fund’s Target 1 Challenge initiative. 

This funding will enable CPAWS-OV and the CREDDO (Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais), a collaborator in the project, to work to protect and showcase two majestic rivers located in the lush wilderness of the MRC Pontiac.

We want to ensure that the protected area will, not only, preserve ecologically significant areas but also promote sustainable development and diversify the economy of the region.

In the Noire and Coulonge Rivers Protected Area, hiking, cottaging, camping, hunting, fishing, ATVing and snowmobiling will be permitted. Also, visitors and residents will be able to enjoy whitewater paddling in one of the Outaouais’ best-kept secrets.

In addition to the contribution from the Government of Canada, this project is made possible thanks to the support of the Schad, Consecon and Echo foundations, CREDDO, Evolugen, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Eco2Urb and CPAWS-OV.

For more information on the project, please consult our press release and fact sheet.


In the summer 2018, the government of Québec announced its intention to protect 84,700 hectares of the Noire and Coulonge watershed. The protected area would be the equivalent of an IUCN III, therefore allowing the practice of all type of recreational activities while prohibiting mining and logging. For more information, please read our press release (French only).

In 2016, expansions were announced to the Dumoine River protected area, brining the total area with protection to 1776 sq. km. CPAWS Ottawa Valley continues to work to have the current interim protection upgraded to full protection and to ensure that the current proposals for the Noire and Coulonge River watersheds are expanded to fully protect the rich biodiversity of this region. 

In January 2013, CPAWS Ottawa Valley appeared before the Bureau des Audiences Publiques sur l’Environnement (BAPE) to present our vision for the Dumoine watershed as part of a series of public consultations on protected areas in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec. You can read our entire submission (in French only) in the resources tab.


To learn more, become involved or help protect the rivers, please contact us at (819) 778-3355 or gleblanc@cpaws.org  

Visiting the Coulonge, Dumoine, or Noire Rivers? Read our brochure about responsible use of rivers to help safeguard our natural spaces.

Been on the river lately? Taken pictures or video? Interest in sharing them with CPAWS-OV? We are always in need of high-quality imagery of the watershed and would value any contribution. Please contact us to discuss this opportunity.