The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designates places of “outstanding universal value” to all of humanity to be World Heritage Sites. The universal value to mankind may be natural (e.g., Yellowstone National Park) or cultural (e.g., Taos Pueblo) or a mixture of the two, such as Calakmul, in Mexico’s Campeche state, designated for both the ancient Mayan city and the endangered tropical forest in which the city is located.
Parks Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the National Park Service in the U.S., is offering the Discovery Pass—good at all national parks—free for the asking in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. Our first look at the Canadian parks focused on what we called “extreme boonies,” places difficult to reach and seldom crowded.
Now we turn to what we might call extreme value not just to Canada but also to the world—the parks designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Particularly when compared to the parks near the Arctic Circle, the traveling is easy.