Cliffs of Fundy Achieves UNESCO Global Geopark Designation

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark, spanning the Fundy shore of Cumberland and Colchester counties from Apple River to Lower Truro, has officially been named a “UNESCO Global Geopark”. The prestigious designation was announced today at a meeting of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Executive Board in Paris and is anticipated to be a catalyst for tourism growth in Nova Scotia.

“The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society welcomes this opportunity with honour and humility and will cherish the moment now and into the future. This designation confirms that our Geopark possesses international significant geological heritage and places our two municipalities on a well-deserved world stage,” said Don Fletcher, President of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society and Municipal Councillor for the Municipality of Cumberland.

In addition to extreme tides, Cliffs of Fundy is the only place on Earth where one can see the record of the assembly of supercontinent Pangea 300 million years ago, and its breakup 100 million years later within the stunning landscapes that exist today.

Visitors to the Geopark will also discover stories of Canada’s oldest dinosaurs; of Mi’kmaq legends and the earliest human settlement in eastern North America; and of Canada’s lead research facility for green tidal stream energy technology among the many attractions, experiences and geosites to explore.

“Many of us have long known how special this part of our province is. We are happy to have the UNESCO Global Geopark designation to validate this and help us tell the world,” said Christine Blair, Vice President of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark and Mayor of the Municipality of Colchester. “We look forward to the opportunities that this honor will bring and will continue our work to develop as a sustainable world-class destination.”

The Cliffs of Fundy Geopark initiative was first spearheaded by the Cumberland Geological Society in 2015 which later led to the formation of the Cliffs of Fundy Geopark Society. The road to achieving UNESCO Global Geopark status involved an extensive application and evaluation process both at the national and international level and was funded by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Nova Scotia Communities, Culture and Heritage, and the Municipalities of Cumberland and Colchester.

“We are grateful for the support we have received to date from all partners and are proud of how all have worked together toward this common goal. This is a great day for our region!” said Al Gillis, Warden, of the Municipality of Cumberland.

Cliffs of Fundy was among 16 Geoparks from around the world that received the Global Geopark designation this year, including fellow successful Canadian nominee Discovery Geopark in Newfoundland. They will join three existing Global Geoparks in Canada including Perce in Quebec, Stonehammer in New Brunswick, and Tumbler Ridge in British Columbia and a network of over 140 Global Geoparks internationally.

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For more information contact:

Beth Peterkin, Manager
Cliffs of Fundy Geopark
Office: 902-728-2144
Cell: 902-254-4498
contact@fundygeopark.ca

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Recognize these Geopark signs? The Cliffs of Fundy is currently seeking proposals for a wayfinding signage plan. If this is something you or anyone you know has experience in, click the link below or check out the News Page under the about tab on fundygeopark.ca to download the Request for Proposal and supporting documents! fundygeopark.ca/2023/01/23/wayfinding-signage-rfp/Photo courtesy of Tourism NS ... See MoreSee Less
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Welcome Sacha Brake, our new Director!Originally from Newfoundland, Sacha has always been fascinated by the ocean and feels at home on any coastline. She has lived in Nova Scotia for the better part of her life and has called Truro home for the last decade. With a passion for asset based community development, farmers market pastries and a good cup of tea, Sacha has spent much of her working life in roles that support the growth of individuals, communities and businesses in our region. Whether through personal study, one on one conversation or group workshops and presentations she thrives on learning and knowledge sharing. She studied Theatre and has a Bachelor of Fine Art from Memorial University of Newfoundland and carries her creativity, positive attitude and drive for learning and community connection into every aspect of her life. Sacha believes in the immense power of storytelling, sharing your knowledge and experience with others to better understand what we've come from and where we are going. Always a beachgoer and avid stay-cationer, Sacha opened her horizons a few summers ago exploring the Fundy shore and after making friends with her first hermit crab, she was hooked. She is excited to do all she can to support the continued growth and development of the Geopark and to promote and share our rich geological and cultural history. ... See MoreSee Less
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What is a Geopark?

A Geopark is a designation that attracts tourists wishing to explore the connections between geology, local communities, culture, and nature. Geoparks are designed to promote tourism and celebrate a region’s uniqueness, and do not prohibit any land use.