FlightHub’s Guide To Canadian Heritage Sites And How To Get There
Canada is considered by many to be a young country. Founded confederated in 1867, Canada is quite a bit younger than its contemporaries on the global scene like the United States, Great Britain, and France. That doesn’t mean Canada isn’t filled with really old and interesting stuff. We recently got our hands on a FlightHub review of Canada’s top holiday destinations and got the idea that we should build a Canadian history treasure map using FlightHub’s top destinations. Here is what we came up with!
Dinosaur Provincial Park
As we said, Canada has some old stuff. One of the largest repositories of dinosaur bones, Dinosaur Provincial Park is located near Calgary, Alberta, which finished third on the FlightHub list. In total, 40 dinosaurs have been discovered in this range of badlands, making it a goldmine for paleontologists. Originally shipping bones to Toronto, Ottawa, and New York City, a museum was built in nearby Drumheller to house findings from the Park. Dinosaur Provincial Park was established in 1955 and became a World Heritage Site in 1979.
L’Anse Aux Meadows
Fast forward many millions of years and you’ll find yourself around 1000 AD. While Canada was largely unsettled at that point as far as we know, there is in fact evidence of a Norse settlement located in Newfoundland, whose capital, St. John’s, is the 13th most popular destination in Canada according to FlightHub.
This Viking settlement is the first known non-First Nations settlement in Canada and was discovered in 1960. The site is believed to have housed anywhere from 30 to 160 individuals and included eight structures. Artifacts left behind indicate there were various workshops and lodges for the settlers.
Approaching a more modern time, Old Quebec is a walled portion of Quebec City, FlightHub’s 14th most popular destination. Built-up overtime since 1608, Old Quebec is the oldest walled city in North America and served as the battleground between the English and French during the formation of Canada as an organized territory. Old Quebec, as a portion of Quebec City, was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1985 and continues to serve as the capital of the Province of Quebec.
In considering World Heritage Sites for this article we also looked at the Rideau Canal, Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, and Gros Morne National Park.