Welcome to the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve!

May 18, 2018 by Web Master Comments Off on Welcome to the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere Reserve!

We acknowledge that Canada’s 16th Biosphere Reserve is in Mi’kma’ki,

the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.



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Cletus the Bras d’Or Watch crab



  • 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 HERE 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!

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!