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!



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!