The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is the second UNESCO-recognized site in Nova Scotia, the first being the World Heritage Site of Lunenburg. A Biosphere Reserve is recognized as being one of the world's most important nature areas and 1 of only 15 in Canada. The Biosphere, which comprises lands in the counties of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne, and Queens,  is home to many nationally endangered plants and animals including Atlantic Coastal Plain flora, Southern flying squirrel, and Blanding's turtle. it is the largest protected wilderness area in Atlantic Canada, and one of the largest on the east coast of North America.

The Biosphere also has some of the darkest night time skies in North America, perfect for amazing star gazing.

The Southewst NovaBiosphere Reserve includes at it's protected core the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and Kejimikujik National Park and National Historic Site. The Tobeatic Wildnerness Area has a few public access points, one of the only ones being in East Kemptville, Yarmouth County. The Biosphere Reserve also includes a national Heritage River, the Shelburne River.

The Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO designated and internationally recognized special and unique region of natural and cultural heritage, spanning the 5 counties of Annapolis, Digby, Yarmouth, Shelburne and Queens. One of only 15 in Canada.

The region's local governments, businesses and communities recognize the special qualities of the natural and cultural heritage, and joined together to help create the Southwest Nova biosphere reserve. Together they creatively promote conservation & sustainable development which supports the local economies & communities. SNBRA invites you to share and discover!