Where are we?

Long Point is located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Ontario, about 2.5 hours south west of Toronto. Situated in Norfolk County, Long Point and the surrounding watershed is an area rich with natural and cultural heritage in the heart of Carolinian Canada; home to a wide array of species, biodiverse ecosystems, and incredible scenery.

Biosphere reserves have geological boundaries; they may be found completely inland, along the coast or enclosing natural watersheds.  The land inside a biosphere reserve can vary greatly and is made up of three basic zones: the core, the buffer and the zone of influence.  The latter is sometimes referred to as a transition zone.

  • The Core Area is usually a protected natural area that acts as a reference point.  This area usually defines the biosphere reserve.
    In Long Point Biosphere’s case the core area includes the Long Point National Wildlife Area and Backus Woods.
  • The Buffer Zone surrounds the Core Area and can be managed in ways that support the conservation objectives of the Core Area.
  • The Zone of Influence (Area of Cooperation) extends beyond the core area and is sometimes defined by geographical boundaries.
    In Long Point Biosphere’s case the Zone of Influence has no outer limit.  
[Updated: 2017]