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Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are chosen for their exceptional universal value. They include cultural, natural and mixed properties in 148 countries. There are 890 properties worldwide as of July 2009. Some are under threat from environmental degredation, war and overuse. Nonetheless, the inclusion of a visit to a World Heritage site as part of an adventure travel trip, will never cease to add a meaningful component to your trip.

Canada boasts 9 natural UNESCO world heritage sites and 6 cultural UNESCO world heritage sites.

Here are the UNESCO World Heritage sites you’ll find in Canada, a few of which I am embarrassed to say, I have never heard of until today.

  • Nahanni National Park in the Northwest Territories

"Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Alberta"

Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump, Alberta

  • Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories

  • Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta

  • Historic District of Old Quebec City, Quebec

  • Old Town Lunenburg in Nova Scotia

  • Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

  • Waterton Glacier International Peace Park in Alberta

  • Rideau Canal in Ontario

  • Joggins Fossil Cliffs in Nova Scotia
  • SGang Gwaay in British Columbia

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks in Alberta and British Columbia
"Banff National Park"

Banff National Park

  • Miguasha National Park in Quebec
  • L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland
"L'Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland"

L’Anse aux Meadows, Newfoundland

  • Kluane/Wrangell-St Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek in British Columbia and the Yukon
"On the Alsek River"

On the Alsek River

What UNESCO sites have you visited in Canada?

Leigh McAdam

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
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Avid world traveler. Craves adventure - & the odd wildly epic day. Gardener. Reader. Wine lover. Next big project - a book on 100 Canadian outdoor adventures.

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