Initially nominated by the community in 2000, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FAB) Reserve was designated as Canada's 12th biosphere reserve by the UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere" programme in November 2002. It was re-designated in 2007, with a larger land area including Frontenac Provincial Park. In October 2019, its designation was reviewed by UNESCO and its UNESCO Biosphere status has been maintained.
The FAB biosphere reserves overlaps with the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) lands and covers a region from Brockville and Gananoque, extending north of Kingston including Harrowsmith, Verona, and Westport. It encompasses and area of approximately 2,700 sq. km.
The FAB is one of Canada's 18 official UNESCO biospheres and part of the Canadian Biospheres Reserves Association. These biospheres are important because they are not just about preserving our natural ecosystems, but also about the fostering sustainable human lifestyles that are connected to nature.