There are 1,073 UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the world and that gives me hope. Because some of the most amazing places on Earth have been offered this distinction, you know – or at least can rest a bit easy – that places that offer us a chance to see natural phenomena or beauty, is significant natural habitat for biodiversity or is significant in human history will be protected so not only we can continue to enjoy it, but our children and their children should be able to do the same.

The eighth edition of World Heritage Sites ($35, UNESCO Publishing, Firefly Books) is a small, but mighty book – 960 pages, which offers a brief overview of why each site has been offered the distinction, what it received the distinction for (traditional human settlement, significant ecological and biological process, human creative genus) and a map.

My main complaint about this book is not every listing has a picture. I feel the publishers should dump the map, which is small any way, and include a picture of the site. The pictures that are included, 700 of them, are stunning and really show the significance of the site.

Canada has 18 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Canadian Rocky Mountain Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park and the Rideau Canal.

The book is indexed both by country, which I found extremely helpful, as well as the name of the site.

I keep going back to the book to read more about these heritage sites, each time finding out something new about this fascinating world we live in and adding another location to my ever-growing travel list.

A copy of this book was provided by Firefly Books for an honest review. The opinions are my own.

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