Biosphere Reserves are internationally recognized areas where communities work together to provide healthy environments, economies, societies and culture within that area. The eastern coast of Georgian Bay where Parry Sound is located is known as the "30,000 Islands" and is considered the world's largest freshwater archipelago and received it’s designation from UNESCO in 2004.
It covers 347,000 hectares of shoreline ecosystem, and over 100 species of animals and plants that are at risk in Canada and Ontario, including unique reptiles and amphibians.
Through educational tools, presentations and hands-on workshops, residents in the Georgian Bay Biosphere are educated to help protect the species at risk, including the western chorus frog, several varieties of turtles, snakes like the Massassagua Rattlesnake, Monarch butterfly, lampreys, the Eastern Wolf, and 15 types of birds; protect our wetlands and water and encourage the growth of local native plants.
The best way to understand the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve is to get out and experience it – whether on the water, hiking the parks and trails or participating in the many activities and events that take place throughout the year.