These places could be­come the next Cana­dian UN­ESCO World Her­itage Sites

Canadian Geographic - - CONTENTS - By Fa­teema Sayani

The amaz­ing places vy­ing to be named Canada’s new­est UN­ESCO World Her­itage Sites

CCONSIDER IT A GREAT ex­am­ple of crowd­sourc­ing. Two years ago, Parks Canada in­vited Cana­di­ans to sub­mit their nom­i­na­tions for places they deemed wor­thy of UN­ESCO World Her­itage Site recog­ni­tion. In the end, eight cul­tural, eco­log­i­cal and ge­o­log­i­cal trea­sures were cho­sen from across the coun­try. The an­nounce­ment, made in late 2017, marked the first time Canada’s Ten­ta­tive List for World Her­itage Sites had been up­dated since 2004, when five sites were added to the list. Sites are given the des­ig­na­tion by the World Her­itage Com­mit­tee, which gath­ers an­nu­ally. The next meet­ing is set for June 2019 in Baku, Azer­bai­jan. List de­vel­op­ment is an on­go­ing process. Coun­tries are en­cour­aged to up­date their ten­ta­tive list of sites, which must be of “out­stand­ing uni­ver­sal value,” once ev­ery decade. They should be in­spir­ing, rare, im­pres­sive, and re­flect nat­u­ral and/or cul­tural her­itage. For ex­am­ple, the Pyra­mids of Egypt and Aus­tralia’s Great Bar­rier Reef are both World Her­itage Sites, as is Ot­tawa’s Rideau Canal, along with 18 other Cana­dian lo­ca­tions. The des­ig­na­tion brings the world’s at­ten­tion and tourists, but also pro­motes pride of place and safe­guard­ing of the sites. Here are the eight new Cana­dian con­tenders hop­ing for the of­fi­cial nod. Chute Vau­réal in Que­bec’s Parc na­tional d’an­ti­costi. An­ti­costi Is­land was one of eight places added to Canada’s Ten­ta­tive List of UN­ESCO World Her­itage Sites in 2017.

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