08/10/2013 12:33 EDT | Updated 08/12/2013 08:58 EDT

World Heritage Sites Alberta: Some Of The Most Spectacular Places In Wild Rose Country (PHOTOS)

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There's something to be said about the fact that Alberta has 10 per cent of Canada's population, six per cent of the country's total landmass, yet is home to 30 per cent of the country's World Heritage Sites.

The designation is given by UNESCO to those special places the world over that according to the international body, "represent a masterpiece of human creative genius."

To receive the coveted designation, these sites must also "bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared," or, "contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance."

Canada has 17 such sites, and of those 17, five are located in Alberta.

Majestic alpine peaks, earth rich with prehistoric fossils, breathtaking natural monuments to our First Nations' heritage, and a history of international friendship are just some of the wonders these Alberta heritage sites are internationally recognized for.

Click through the slideshow below for a look at Alberta's World Heritage Sites.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the slideshow stated Waterton Lakes National Park was located in the southeast corner of Alberta. It's in fact located in the southwest corner of the province. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Photo gallery Alberta's World Heritage Sites See Gallery