Welcome – Explore the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere !

May 25, 2016 by Jim Foulds Comments»

Click on any of the headings along the top of the screen or links in the text below to find out more about Canada’s 16th UNESCO Biosphere!

  • Basics of what a biosphere reserve is: Nature AND People – a short video.
  • Striking Balance (Season One) is a documentary series about 8 of Canada’s Biosphere regions – including the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve. You can buy a copy of Season One at Video Sales. DVDs are $30 + S.&H. and Blu-ray discs are $35 + S.&H.
  • Citizen Based Monitoring: Bras d’Or Watch 2016 is in the history books!  Looks like another great year! Click on the Bras d’Or Watch poster for all the news!
  • NEWS …2 new Biosphere regions in Canada! Check out the new map!CarteRB-Canada_AireCooperation2016_CBRA
  • Canadian Biosphere Reserves reach out to the Federal government – Read the letter to Minister McKenna .
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada is providing a web-based access to “Indicators supporting the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy”
  • We are now a Registered Charity with the Canada Revenue Agency. Now your donation helps our volunteers carry out a wide range of projects and gives you a tax receipt for donating to a charity!



  • Read our SPRING_2016_UPDATE  of activities.
  • Walking Trail around the Biosphere: Click on the Walking Trail WalkingTrail-glyph2(BLUE CIRCLE)logo to get the latest information!
  • Biosphere Atlas – updated! Check out the Biosphere Atlas by clicking on the map below or the image of Cape Breton over there – on the right side of this screen! The Atlas has recently been updated with more information about people and places in the Bras d’Or Biosphere. Make sure you let is know [at contact@blbra.ca] if you want to add anything!

Have you seen any exciting sites or trails within the Biosphere? Grab your GPS and Click this link to add your own information.

What is the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve Association?

We are volunteers who have worked to have the Bras d’Or Lake and its watershed designated as a UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserve. We now oversee the activities of the Biosphere Reserve. We are a registered society in the province of Nova Scotia. We have been granted status as a Registered Charity under the Income Tax Act by the Canada Revenue Agency. Here is more information about our background and history.

Biosphere reserves are special places around the world where people are trying to live more sustainably – that means 4 things:

  • a healthy environment
  • a healthy economy
  • a healthy society
  • a healthy culture.

Now, isn’t that worth recognizing? That’s what the United Nations thought back in the early 1970′s when they came up with this concept. They wanted to give international recognition to these places – where people could find out more about the special natural resources of an area and how the people were working to save them for future generations.

Together, biosphere reserves form a world network for promoting exchange of information, experience and personnel. There are 669 BR sites in 120 countries. Eighteen of those are in Canada!