Nature Trip: UNESCO Natural Heritage Sites Worth a Visit

June 24, 2016

The vast majority of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites are located in developed regions of the world, notably in Europe. Among the 410 properties, only 90 are natural sites. I picked my top three favorites around the world.

Rocky Mountain Parks, British Columbia and Alberta

The seven parks of the Canadian Rockies form a striking mountain landscape. With rugged mountain peaks, icefields and glaciers, alpine meadows, lakes, waterfalls, extensive karst cave systems and deeply incised canyons, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks possess exceptional natural beauty, attracting millions of visitors annually. The Burgess Shale fossil site, well known for its fossil remains of soft-bodied marine animals, is also found here.

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Cape Floral Region Protected Areas, South Africa

The Cape Floral Region has been recognized as one of the most special places for plants in the world in terms of diversity, density and number of endemic species. The property is regarded as one of the six Floral Kingdoms of the world. It is one of the world’s great centers of terrestrial biodiversity. The extended property includes national parks, nature reserves, wilderness areas, state forests and mountain catchment areas.

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Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Located in the Gulf of Tonkin (165 km from the capital of Ha Noi), this site includes some 1,600 islands and islets which form a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars in a variety of sizes and shapes. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and unaffected by a human presence. The site’s outstanding scenic beauty is complemented by its great biological interest.

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About Ann Choltida

Ann Choltida is a salesperson at Right at Home Realty Inc., Brokerage. Real Estate has been her passion since she moved to Canada 6 years ago. She is an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity. She loves to travel and has worked in the jewellery industry for several years before becoming involved in real estate. To find out more please visit

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