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New UNESCO honour for Bay of Fundy

In Canada on October 5, 2010 at 13:04

New UNESCO honour for Bay of Fundy

Those tourists aren't checking out the Irving pulp mill in Saint John, N.B., but the " reversing falls" on the Saint John River during the Bay of Fundy's high tide. The reversing waterway is one of the city's top tourist attractions. And one of the 10 sites that make up an area in New Brunswick that locals hope to gain the designation of geopark.

Those tourists aren’t checking out the Irving pulp mill in Saint John, N.B., but the ” reversing falls” on the Saint John River during the Bay of Fundy’s high tide. The reversing waterway is one of the city’s top tourist attractions. And one of the 10 sites that make up an area in New Brunswick that locals hope to gain the designation of geopark.

Photograph by: Sean Silcoff, National Post

LESVOS, Greece — Stonehammer Geopark, which lies along the Bay of Fundy coastline in New Brunswick, has been added to the UNESCO Global network of National Geoparks, putting Canada on the list for the first time.

The park — which houses rock formations dating back as far as a billion years — was one of 11 new sites around the world to receive the recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization during it annual conference in Greece over the weekend. There are now a total of 77 UNESCO geoparks in 24 countries.

A geopark is described by UNESCO as “a geological site or a collection of sites with specific geological heritage of international significance.”

The recognized area was visited by UNESCO officials in August and accounts for about 2,500 square kilometres.

The addition to global network of geoparks, which was established by the group in 2001, is the latest UNESCO honour for the Bay of Fundy.

The historic region, which is home to the world’s largest tidal range, is also a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and Joggins Fossil Cliffs — which rests along the bay in Nova Scotia — is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Bay of Fundy is currently ranked third in online voting to be declared one of the seven natural wonders of North America.

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