At Boreas Heritage, we recognize and acknowledge the Aboriginal Peoples of Atlantic Canada as treaty partners.  We are honoured to work and live on the unceded ancestral and traditional lands of the Beothuk, Innu, Labrador Inuit, L’nuk/Mi’kmaq, Passamaquoddy, and Wolastoqiyik.  We want to listen and learn. We offer our support as allies to First Nation representatives, businesses and communities as they build capacity and progress toward self-determination. 

The mission of Boreas Heritage is to move beyond the established limits of consulting archaeology. In 2013, Boreas Heritage Consulting Inc. was formed a full-service, independently-owned company of archaeology consultants, heritage researchers and geographic information system (GIS) specialists based in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The mission of Boreas Heritage has always been to move beyond the established limits of consulting archaeology.

Co-Directors and founders Sara Beanlands and Steve Garcin actively embrace new technology and innovative approaches to conducting traditional archaeological assessments.  They are committed to expanding their capacity in to all aspects of heritage services, with a focus on engaging the community.  Sara and Steve combine more than 30 years of experience to offer the highest standards of professional services and expert advice.  Today, this partnership has grown and mobilized to become the most dynamic cultural resource management firm operating in Atlantic Canada.

We have successfully completed over 50 heritage research permits for large and small development projects in urban and remote locations across Atlantic Canada.  Boreas Heritage has experience working closely and effectively with First Nation representatives, government agencies, corporate clients, on-site contractors and the public in all four Atlantic Provinces.  Our staff bring a wealth of experience from across Canada and beyond.


At Boreas Heritage, our goal is to be the best in our field.  The pathway to achieve this rests on our commitment to building the most capable team of enthusiastic and talented professionals, and to developing lasting and respectful relationships with First Nations, our clients and partners.  We offer the most accurate and informative results in innovative and accessible ways – on time and on budget.

We value our reputation for the highest, uncompromising ethical and professional standards.  We embrace rigorous ethical, professional and safety protocols for best-practice in our industry.  We are committed to continuous refinement and improvement of our services – integrating and upgrading technology, accessing training opportunities, critical review of methods and adapting our approach to unique situations. 
Great People = Great Service

We have an amazing team of dedicated and experienced professionals who share our corporate vision and enjoy what they do.  We invest in our people, and want to see them succeed.  We work hard to acknowledge their commitment and achievements, and encourage creativity and innovation in their roles and responsibilities.  We offer opportunities for individual professional development and growth, and provide our staff the best resources, mentorship and training to deliver the highest quality client service.

Strong Relationships

We are committed to building positive, trusting relationships with First Nations representatives, our corporate clients, government regulators and the communities we work with.  We value these relationships, so we invest in them.  Transparent, concise and well-informed communication is the key to building understanding.  Equally important is listening to the needs of each stakeholder, to acknowledge and appreciate their perspective, so we can steer a course for achieving common goals and positive outcomes.

Delivering Results

As a business we understand our clients’ needs come first – delivering results on time and on budget.  However, we also believe it is in our clients’ interest to support high quality archaeological work, which minimizes delays, builds community support and achieves regulatory consent.  Our role is to offer strategic and tactical advice to minimize your cultural-heritage risks, and provide best practice, innovative and cost-effective solutions.