Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437

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Hear about all of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites as the Amateur Traveler talks again to Gary Arndt of about traveling to all 17 sites.


Some sites like Old Québec are easy to reach and others like Wood Buffalo and Nahanni National Parks (the last two that Gary visited) are quite remote.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites are sites determined by the United Nations to be worth preserving for all mankind. Some of these sites are cultural sites and some of them are natural sites. In Canada’s case 8 are cultural sites and 9 are natural sites. The list of sites change over time as new sites are added and occasionally sites are dropped from the list. Gary says “I always describe it as this is the hall of fame for national parks.”

We start with easternmost site, L’Anse aux Meadows, which is located at the very northernmost tip of the island of Newfoundland. “L’Anse aux Meadows is the location where the vikings created their first colony in North America. “What you see if you visit today is actually a reconstruction of the viking village. But this is the location that had been written about and predated Columbus coming to the New World.” L’Anse aux Meadows was Canada’s first World Heritage Site. Gary tells us how cheese hurt the relations between the Norsemen and the natives.

“We can hop across the very narrow channel separating Newfoundland and Labrador. The most recent UNESCO site as of today is Red Bay which was a Basque whaling station which was established about 20 years after Columbus discovered America. They have found artifacts there dating back to, I want to say, 1520. There are rumors that the Basque fisherman may actually have been here before Columbus and they kept it a secret because they found the cod fishing to be so good.”

We work our way through historic Quebec, first nation sites like Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump and majestic sites like Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park and Canadian Rocky Mountain Park to some more sites in the remote north of Canada Nahanni and Wood Buffalo National Parks.

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Show Notes

Everything Everywhere
Gary’s guide to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada
Canada – UNESCO
L’Anse aux Meadows
Red Bay
Gros Morne National Park
Western Brook Pond
Old Town Lunenburg
Joggins Fossil Cliffs
Miguasha National Park
Old Québec
Rideau Canal
Pimachiowin Aki
Dinosaur Provincial Park
Royal Tyrrell Museum
Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
Burgess Shale
Wood Buffalo National Park
Nahanni National Park
SGang Gwaay
1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus
Kluane/Wrangell – St.Elias/Glacier Bay/Tatshenshini-Alsek
List of World Heritage Sites in Canada (Current and Proposed)





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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

2 Responses to “Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Episode 437”

Tom Fuszard



I stumbled across your site while doing some searching. What an interesting concept: You embed audio files of interviews conducted while traveling. I find that very intriguing. As a marketing writer, I’ve interviewed countless individuals for various articles and other pieces. Never thought of including interviewing/reporting while on vacation. Some questions, if I may:

1. Do you usually set out on a trip intending to interview someone? Are people/experts generally wiling to sit down with you?

2. What brand and model of recorder and mic do you use? The audio quality is very good.

Keep up the good work.

– Tom Fuszard
New Berlin, Wis.




1. My interviews are most often separate from my travel. While some shows ( and for instance) are about my travels, most interviews are conducted from the comfort of my home office.

2. I use a Blue Yeti microphone ( for most interviews. When recording on the road as I did in the Flanders show above I used an iRig Mic Cast microphone connected to my cell phone. I do interviews over skype and record with CallRecorder.



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