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Quebec, Canada

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, May 24, 2008 at 16:03:13 :: Canada

Quebec (pronounced /kwɨˈbɛk/ or /kəˈbɛk/), in French, Québec (/kebɛk/ (help·info)) is a province in the central part of Canada. It is the only Canadian province with a predominantly French-speaking population, and the only one whose sole official language is French at the provincial level.

Quebec is Canada's largest province by area and its second-largest administrative division; only the territory of Nunavut is larger.

View of Quebec City in winter with the Château Frontenac on the right in the Haute-Ville (Upper Town) - Canada


Quebec is the second most populated province, behind Ontario. Most inhabitants live in urban areas near the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal, the largest city, and Quebec City, the capital. English-speaking communities and English-language institutions are concentrated in Montreal but are also significantly present in the Outaouais, the Eastern Townships, and Gaspé regions. The central and northern portion of the province is sparsely populated and inhabited primarily by Aboriginal peoples.

Montreal skyline, province of Quebec, Canada


Québec is now known as an international tourist destination. In the province, 21 different regions offer a wide variety of activities. The many workers in the industry have learned to make the most of Mother Nature, offering numerous activities which change with the seasons, making Québec a year-round tourist destination.

Did you know that Québec is listed among the top 20 best tourist destinations in the world? The only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, the city of Québec has been included in the prestigious list of World Heritage Sites since 1985, a title given by UNESCO. Old Québec was the first urban centre in North America to receive such a title.

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Vancouver, the most livable city in the world

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 22, 2007 at 10:35:14 :: Canada

Vancouver (pronounced:[vænˈkuːvɚr]) is a city located in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer. Vancouver has a population of 587,891 while its metropolitan region, the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD), has a population of 2,180,737 (2006 estimate). Greater Vancouver is the largest metropolitan area in western Canada and the third largest in the country. Vancouver is ethnically diverse, with more than half of its residents having a first language other than English.

Panoramic sight of Vanvouver, Canada


Vancouver is Host City of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Surrounded by spectacular natural beauty, the City of Vancouver is recognized as one of the world's most livable cities, renowned for its innovative programs and leading in the areas of sustainability, accessibility and inclusivity.

Livability
Vancouver is consistently rated one of the most livable cities in the world. It has accomplished this by recognizing that livability is affected by many different aspects life in the community.

Innovation
Vancouver is known as a city on the leading edge of public policy and planning. It has won numerous awards for innovation. And experts come from all over the world to see how Vancouver has pioneered innovative ways to solve urban issues.

The Burrard Street Bridge, Art Deco, six lane bridge in Vancouver, British Columbia that spans False Creek connecting downtown to Kitsilano


Sustainability
Vancouver has taken a holistic approach to creating a sustainable city that balances and enhances the environmental, economic, and social needs of the community.

Diversity/Inclusivity/Accessibility
Vancouver is a city with many diverse types of communities. The City is renowned for having created ways for all citizens to celebrate who they are, and participate in every aspect of life in Vancouver.

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UNESCO World Heritage

Canada, Landscape of Grand Pre

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 04:53:38

Location Nova Scotia, Canada
Coordinates N45 7 6 W64 18 26
Property 1,323 ha
Date of Inscription 2012

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1404 )

Situated in the southern Minas Basin of Nova Scotia, the Grand Pré marshland and archaeological sites constitute a cultural landscape bearing testimony to the development of agricultural farmland using dykes and the aboiteau wooden sluice system, started by the Acadians in the 17th century and further developed and maintained by the Planters and present-day inhabitants. Over 1,300 ha, the cultural landscape encompasses a large expanse of polder farmland and archaeological elements of the towns of Grand Pré and Hortonville, which were built by the Acadians and their successors. The landscape is an exceptional example of the adaptation of the first European settlers to the conditions of the North American Atlantic coast. The site – marked by one of the most extreme tidal ranges in the world, averaging 11.6 m – is also inscribed as a memorial to Acadian way of life and deportation, which started in 1755, known as the Grand Dérangement.

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Memorial church, Landscape of Grand Pre Prairie, Landscape of Grand Pre

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Canada, Joggins Fossil Cliffs

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 04:46:23

Location Nova Scotia, Canada
Coordinates N45 42 35 W64 26 9
Property 689 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1285 )

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a 689 ha palaeontological site along the coast of Nova Scotia (eastern Canada), have been described as the “coal age Galápagos” due to their wealth of fossils from the Carboniferous period (354 to 290 million years ago). The rocks of this site are considered to be iconic for this period of the history of Earth and are the world’s thickest and most comprehensive record of the Pennsylvanian strata (dating back 318 to 303 million years) with the most complete known fossil record of terrestrial life from that time. These include the remains and tracks of very early animals and the rainforest in which they lived, left in situ, intact and undisturbed. With its 14.7 km of sea cliffs, low bluffs, rock platforms and beach, the site groups remains of three ecosystems: estuarine bay, floodplain rainforest and fire prone forested alluvial plain with freshwater pools. It offers the richest assemblage known of the fossil life in these three ecosystems with 96 genera and 148 species of fossils and 20 footprint groups. The site is listed as containing outstanding examples representing major stages in the history of Earth.

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Joggins Fossil Cliffs

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Canada, Rideau Canal

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Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 04:11:35

Location Province of Ontario, Canada
Coordinates N44 59 39.79 W75 45 54.45
Property 21,455 ha
Date of Inscription 2007

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1221 )

The Rideau Canal, a monumental early 19th-century construction covering 202 km of the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers from Ottawa south to Kingston Harbour on Lake Ontario, was built primarily for strategic military purposes at a time when Great Britain and the United States vied for control of the region. The site, one of the first canals to be designed specifically for steam-powered vessels, also features an ensemble of fortifications. It is the best-preserved example of a slackwater canal in North America, demonstrating the use of this European technology on a large scale. It is the only canal dating from the great North American canal-building era of the early 19th century to remain operational along its original line with most of its structures intact.

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Rideau Canal, Ottawa Hartwells Lock, Rideau Canal

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Canada, Miguasha National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 04:00:34

Location Gaspé Peninsula, Province of Quebec, Canada
Coordinates N48 6 18 W66 21 11
Property 87 ha
Date of Inscription 1999

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/686 )

The palaeontological site of Miguasha National Park, in south-eastern Quebec on the southern coast of the Gaspé peninsula, is considered to be the world's most outstanding illustration of the Devonian Period known as the 'Age of Fishes'. Dating from 370 million years ago, the Upper Devonian Escuminac Formation represented here contains five of the six fossil fish groups associated with this period. Its significance stems from the discovery there of the highest number and best-preserved fossil specimens of the lobe-finned fishes that gave rise to the first four-legged, air-breathing terrestrial vertebrates – the tetrapods.

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Cliff, Miguasha National Park

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Canada, United States of America, Waterton Glacier International Peace Park

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Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 03:52:04

Location Province of Alberta, Canada; State of Montana, USA
Coordinates N48 59 45.8 W113 54 15
Property 457,614 ha
Date of Inscription 1995

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/354 )

In 1932 Waterton Lakes National Park (Alberta, Canada) was combined with the Glacier National Park (Montana, United States) to form the world's first International Peace Park. Situated on the border between the two countries and offering outstanding scenery, the park is exceptionally rich in plant and mammal species as well as prairie, forest, and alpine and glacial features.

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Summit Lake, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park Cameron Falls, Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

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Canada, Old Town Lunenburg

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Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 03:36:29

Location Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
Coordinates N44 22 34 W64 18 33
Property 33 ha
Date of Inscription 1995

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/741 )

Lunenburg is the best surviving example of a planned British colonial settlement in North America. Established in 1753, it has retained its original layout and overall appearance, based on a rectangular grid pattern drawn up in the home country. The inhabitants have managed to safeguard the city's identity throughout the centuries by preserving the wooden architecture of the houses, some of which date from the 18th century.

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Lunenburg Academy, Old Town Lunenburg St. John's Anglican Church, Old Town Lunenburg

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Canada, Gros Morne National Park

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Simon Laroche
, January 23, 2013 at 03:27:06

Location Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Coordinates N49 36 45 W57 31 53
Property 180,500 ha
Date of Inscription 1987

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/419 )

Situated on the west coast of the island of Newfoundland, the park provides a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed. More recent glacial action has resulted in some spectacular scenery, with coastal lowland, alpine plateau, fjords, glacial valleys, sheer cliffs, waterfalls and many pristine lakes.

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Tablelands, Gros Morne National Park Pissing Mare Falls, Gros Morne National Park

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Canada, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 12:23:30

Location Provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada
Coordinates N51 25 29 W116 28 47
Property 2,299,104 ha
Date of Inscription 1984

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/304 )

The contiguous national parks of Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho, as well as the Mount Robson, Mount Assiniboine and Hamber provincial parks, studded with mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, canyons and limestone caves, form a striking mountain landscape. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found there.

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Banff National Park

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Canada, Wood Buffalo National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 12:14:25

Location Northwest Territories and Alberta, Canada
Coordinates N59 21 30 W112 17 36
Property 4,480,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1983

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/256 )

Situated on the plains in the north-central region of Canada, the park (which covers 44,807 km2) is home to North America's largest population of wild bison. It is also the natural nesting place of the whooping crane. Another of the park's attractions is the world's largest inland delta, located at the mouth of the Peace and Athabasca rivers.

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Wood Buffalo National Park

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Canada, SGang Gwaay

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 12:06:35

Location Province of British Columbia, Canada
Coordinates N52 5 42 W131 13 13
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/157 )

The village of Ninstints (Nans Dins) is located on a small island off the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Remains of houses, together with carved mortuary and memorial poles, illustrate the Haida people's art and way of life. The site commemorates the living culture of the Haida people and their relationship to the land and sea, and offers a visual key to their oral traditions.

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Poles, SGang Gwaay

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Canada, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 11:59:36

Location Province of Alberta, Canada
Coordinates N49 44 58 W113 37 26
Property 4,000 ha
Date of Inscription 1981

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/158 )

In south-west Alberta, the remains of marked trails and an aboriginal camp, and a tumulus where vast quantities of buffalo (American Bison) skeletons can still be found, are evidence of a custom practised by aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. Using their excellent knowledge of the topography and of buffalo behaviour, they killed their prey by chasing them over a precipice; the carcasses were later carved up in the camp below.

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Cliffs, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

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Canada, United States of America, Kluane / Wrangell-St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 11:38:21

Location Kluane: Yukon Territory (Canada) and Alaska (USA) Glacier Bay: Alaska (USA) Tatshenshini: Province of British Columbia (Canada)
Coordinates N61 11 51.3 W140 59 31.1
Property 9,839,121 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/72 )

These parks comprise an impressive complex of glaciers and high peaks on both sides of the border between Canada (Yukon Territory and British Columbia) and the United States (Alaska). The spectacular natural landscapes are home to many grizzly bears, caribou and Dall's sheep. The site contains the largest non-polar icefield in the world.

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Kathleen Lake, Kluane / Wrangell - St. Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek

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Canada, Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 11:26:26

Location Canada
Coordinates N50 46 4 W111 29 32
Property 7,493 ha
Date of Inscription 1979

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/71 )

In addition to its particularly beautiful scenery, Dinosaur Provincial Park – located at the heart of the province of Alberta's badlands – contains some of the most important fossil discoveries ever made from the 'Age of Reptiles', in particular about 35 species of dinosaur, dating back some 75 million years.

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Hoodoo, Dinosaur Provincial Park Badlands, Dinosaur Provincial Park

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Canada, Nahanni National Park

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 11:19:20

Location Northwest Territories, Canada
Coordinates N61 32 50 W125 35 22
Property 476,560 ha
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/24 )

Located along the South Nahanni River, one of the most spectacular wild rivers in North America, this park contains deep canyons and huge waterfalls, as well as a unique limestone cave system. The park is also home to animals of the boreal forest, such as wolves, grizzly bears and caribou. Dall's sheep and mountain goats are found in the park's alpine environment.

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Virginia Falls, Nahanni National Park Reserve

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Canada, L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, January 22, 2013 at 11:10:14

Location Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Coordinates N51 28 0 W55 37 0
Property 8,056 ha
Date of Inscription 1978

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/4 )

At the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland, the remains of an 11th-century Viking settlement are evidence of the first European presence in North America. The excavated remains of wood-framed peat-turf buildings are similar to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland.

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Viking recreation, l'Anse aux Meadows Norse long house, l'Anse aux Meadows

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Canada, Historic District of Old Québec

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Simon Laroche
, May 25, 2009 at 11:57:42

Location Québec city, Province of Quebec, Canada
Coordinates N46 48 34 W71 12 38
Type Cultural
Date of Inscription 1985

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/300 )

Québec was founded by the French explorer Champlain in the early 17th century. It is the only North American city to have preserved its ramparts, together with the numerous bastions, gates and defensive works which still surround Old Québec. The Upper Town, built on the cliff, has remained the religious and administrative centre, with its churches, convents and other monuments like the Dauphine Redoubt, the Citadel and Château Frontenac. Together with the Lower Town and its ancient districts, it forms an urban ensemble which is one of the best examples of a fortified colonial city.

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Chateau Frontenac in winter Chateau Frontenac by night

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