Mistaken Point Inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

18 Jul 2016

The coastline of Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve has been inscribed as a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The announcement was made yesterday by the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, Turkey.

Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve is located near the community of Portugal Cove South on the southeastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula. Fossils found at the site are the oldest, largest, architecturally-complex, multicellular life forms found on Earth and represent the remains of soft-bodied creatures that lived 560 to 580 million years ago.

The rocks of Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve contain fossils of more than 20 species of ancient life-forms, most being examples of creatures unknown in our modern world.

There are currently three other World Heritage Sites in Newfoundland and Labrador – Gros Morne National Park, L’Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Site and Red Bay National Historic Site.

Mistaken Point is a story 565 million years in the making, and not a bad place to start one of your own.