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What is the Long Point Biosphere Region?

The Long Point Biosphere Region (LPBR) is an area of global ecological significance that encourages the local communities to combine conservation of biodiversity with sustainable community development.

Situated in Norfolk County, Long Point and the surrounding watershed has the largest diversity of plants and animals in Canada and is a world-famous location for migrating birds and rare Carolinian forests.

There are three areas of LPBR. The core area consisting of the Long Point sand spit and Backus Woods, the buffer area consisting of Long Point Bay and the coastal watersheds, and the area of cooperation consisting of all of Norfolk County.

These and other ecological features led to the designation of the Long Point area as a Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 1986.

Biosphere Reserves are globally important ecosystems that are internationally recognized by UNESCO's Man and Biosphere (MAB) program. Today, there are 701 World Biosphere Reserves spanning 124 countries, with 18 of these in Canada.

The Long Point World Biosphere Reserve Foundation is a non-profit registered Canadian charity. We promote research, monitoring, community outreach and education, partnerships, and projects that support the goals of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable communities in Norfolk County. We exchange information and work collaboratively with the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association, as well as other biosphere reserves in Canada and around the world.


We acknowledge that we meet on the traditional territories of the Attawandaron, Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples and show respect to the communities of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory and the Mississaugas of the Credit whose Treaty lands include the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve.


Visit the Long Point Biosphere Region website to learn more.

What are Amazing Places?

The Amazing Places project was a sustainable tourism initiative, aimed to identify and promote significant natural sites for residents and visitors to explore and gain knowledge of ecological features and inspire a commitment to conservation.

The concept of naming Amazing Places began in 2010 with the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Now, the Amazing Places project is thriving in five Canadian UNESCO biosphere reserves in New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia!

Amazing Places are opportunities to educate and inspire visitors about their natural surroundings, and to create a connection that can quickly become powerful and deeply personal. Each place tells a story about physical, biological or historical features in publicly accessible locations.

An Amazing Place can be different things to different people: mystical, magical, unique, breath-taking and awe-inspiring. It's time to explore the Amazing Places in Ontario's biosphere reserves!

The Amazing Places project in Ontario was funded by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and Mountain Equipment Co-op for their support.

Special thank you to the photographers who donated their beautiful photos:

Brian Craig
Courtney Warren | @cwclimbing
Darren Helmer | @darren.helmer
Darwin Kent Photography
Leanne Gauthier Helmer |

Get involved with the Long Point Biosphere Region

Become a member. Join the Long Point World Biosphere Reserve as a member. Visit our website for more information on how your membership supports the biosphere.

Donate. Your donation can help conserve precious ecosystems, provide support for valuable research, support ecologically sustainable practices or facilitate community outreach and education.

Volunteer. Volunteers are needed for different projects like tree planting, species monitoring and fundraising. Please email us to find out more.

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