Welcome to the Southwest UNESCO Biosphere

Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve
Welcome to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve, the largest wilderness area in the Maritimes — second largest in Canada. Nestled in southern part of Nova Scotia, the biosphere encompasses almost a quarter of the province – 1.5 million hectares!
The area is teeming with natural and cultural diversity. Immerse yourself in the deep-rooted cultures: Mi’Kmaq, Acadian, Loyalists and Scottish. Referred to as “Kespukwitk” by the Mi’kmaw people, this is the place where the flowing waters meet the ocean. Immerse yourself in our many lakes and rivers, surrounded by the majestic Acadian forest or escape to the spectacular seacoast
Our UNESCO Biosphere, consisting of Kejimkujik National Park and National Historic Site of Canada, the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and the surrounding five counties in southwest Nova Scotia, is home to highest diversity of reptiles and amphibians east of Ontario and more than 75 percent of Nova Scotia’s species at risk. The area also has the largest collection of petroglyphs in eastern North America.
The Biosphere has the rugged coast of the Bay of Fundy on one side, which boasts the highest tides in the world — where water rises and falls as much as 50 feet twice a day and is bountiful in sea vegetables and sea life. On the other, a coastline of white sandy beaches invite you to explore, hear and feel the crisp Atlantic Ocean and her powerful surf.
For generations we have called this home, fished, farmed, harvested and appreciated a unique, traditional way of life, where Man and his Biosphere interact sustainably.
Come, sample and experience our UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve. Embark on an ocean adventure in search of whales or periwinkles, assist Mother Nature in caring for her species at risk, retrace the footsteps of our Mi’Kmaq people, or explore and savour the Biosphere by paddle or on foot — you’ll find yourself connecting to the unique cultural and physical landscapes we call home.

As our guest, let us guide you through our UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve and you’ll soon discover why UNESCO designated our part of Nova Scotia, one of the world’s Biosphere Reserves.

The UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve has an adventure waiting…all it needs is you.