The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named 15 Canadian national treasures World Heritage Sites. Here’s your list, so get crackin’!
At SGang Gwaay, an island in the southern portion of Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia, you can still walk among the remains of the Haida First Nations cedar longhouses and carved mortuary poles crumbling under hairdos of day-glo green moss. www.hellobc.com
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, AB, is aptly named. It’s the place where, as far back as 5,500 years ago, Aboriginal peoples chased herds of bison over a cliff, killing the animals so they could use the buffalo meat, hair and other parts for their people’s survival. www.travelalberta.com
If you are after a more urban experience, the Historic District of Old Québec is a 400-year-old portion of Québec City, QC, bursting with European flair. www.bonjourquebec.com
In Old Town Lunenburg, NS (a British colonial settlement, established in 1753), the colourful wooden houses and buildings have been well-preserved or restored by past and present residents of the town. www.novascotia.com
L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, situated on a northern point of the island of Newfoundland, uncovers the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement, the earliest known European steps and establishment in the New World. www.newfoundlandandlabrador.com
There are 10 more Canadian World Heritage Sites, including:
Read more on Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Tipi Camping Experience: Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
Quebec UNESCO Heritage Site
Québec, ville inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l'UNESCO
L'Anse aux Meadows
Wood Buffalo National Park
Parc National Wood Buffalo