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18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites In Canada (Part 2)

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Gros Morne National Park | Newfoundland and Labrador

Gros Morne National Park is another area that looks very similar to Iceland with its fjords and vast mountains. It’s said to be a rare spot in North America where you can physically see the continental divide. The ocean crust and rocks of the Earth’s mantle are exposed here, making it quite a unique spot to explore. It looks like landscape you wouldn’t want to stop taking pictures of!

Old Town Lunenburg | Nova Scotia

This colourful town located in Nova Scotia has become a World Heritage site in Canada for it’s surviving example of British Colonial settlements in North America. The town was founded in the mid-1700s and for the most part has maintained its original image. While it’s taken quite a bit of upkeep from the tenants, the people of Old Town Lunenburg have done an unbelievable job maintaining the wooden architecture and homes.

Waterton Glacier International Peace Park | Alberta

Waterton Glacier park makes up one half of what has become the world’s largest International Peace Park. The other half is the Glacier National Park in Montana. The parks sit together bordering each others country with breathtaking landscapes. The parks are home to quite a number of animals and different types of species. I mean really, how can you not love a beautiful landscape like that, that stands for peace?

Miguasha National Park | Quebec 

The Miguasha National Park is the world’s biggest example of the Devonian Period, also known as “age of fishes”. In fact it’s here that you’ll find five out of the six fossil fish groups from that period of time. You know, if you’re into that kind of stuff. Personally, I would be travelling over for beautiful landscape and peacefulness of the ocean at this particular inlet but hey, that’s just me.

Rideau Canal | Ottawa 

The Rideau Canal holds a bit of a soft spot in my heart actually. After living in Ottawa for 5 years I got to know the city, and the canal very well. In the summer the Canal makes for the perfect spot to go for a jog or bike and in the winter it turns into the longest skating rink in the world. You can stake along the canal from one side of the city to the other far faster than a car would be able to travel and it’s really one of the most unique experiences.

Joggins Fossil Cliffs | Nova Scotia

Located on the East coast of Canada, the Joggins Fossil Cliffs have been known also as the ‘cold age Galapagos’. You’ll also find a wide range of fossils here with rocks that are quite epic for the Carboniferous period. The site has three ecosystems combined; estaurine bay, floodplain rainforest and fire prone forested alluvial plain with freshwater pools. Whew, that’s quite the mouthful. In short? It’s as gorgeous as it is diverse.

Landscape of Grand Pré | Nova Scotia 

The Landscape Grand Pre in Nova Scotia is a marshland that actually helped to form current day farming using dykes and the wooden sluice system. It’s also home to the Acadian settlement in the late 1600s. While the landscape looks quite simple and normal, the history you’ll find here is worth the visit.

Red Bay Basque Whaling Station | Newfoundland and Labrador

This World Heritage site in Canada is the former home to several of the Basque whaling stations and fishing village. It’s the earliest known spot of early European whaling traditions (as horrible as that is) and was founded in the 16th century. While it now only looks like a normal fishing village, you can get a pretty good sense of what life must have been like for them back then.

Mistaken Point | Newfoundland and Labrador 

Last but not least in the list of World Heritage sites in Canada is Mistaken Point. This national park consists of a 17-km long strip of ragged and beautifully jagged cliffs. It’s also home to the oldest known assemblages of fossils found anywhere in the world. Just looking at pictures of this spot though make Mistaken Point a must-see. It looks as if it can be as spooky as it is beautiful, and all at the same time!

There you have it! All 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites in Canada. Which one will you be visiting first?

Source: The Restless Worker