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CELEBRATING CANADA'S 150th BIRTHDAY   ♦   July 1, 1867-2017
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Gros Morne National Park (left); Terra Nova National Park (right), Newfoundland and Labrador (©Parks Canada)


History of Parks Canada Electronic Library

Books of the Month
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Canada: The Heroic Beginnings
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Canada: Les Débuts héroïques
(Donald Creighton, Parks Canada, 1974, 1979)
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Newfoundland: A History / Histoire de Terre-Neuve
(G.O. Rothney, Canadian Historical Association Booklet No. 10, 1959, 1973)
Kindred Countries: Canada and Newfoundland Before Confederation / Terre-Neuve et le Canada avant la confédération: des pays apparentés
(Malcom MacLeod, Canadian Historical Association Booklet No. 52, 1994)

Welcome / Bienvenue! The History of Parks Canada Electronic Library is a portal to electronic publications covering the cultural and natural history of the Canadian park system, which includes 46 national parks/reserves and one national urban park, 171 historic sites (including nine heritage canals), four marine conservation areas/reserves, and one landmark, along with documents from the history of the agency that has been entrusted to manage this system: Parks Canada/Parcs Canada.

This Website is not affiliated with the Government of Canada/Parks Canada, but is an independent effort to showcase the history of the Parks Canada Agency and the Canadian National Park and Historic Site System.

The information contained in this Website is historic in scope and is not meant as an aid for travel planning; please refer to the official Parks Canada/Parcs Canada Websites for current information.

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, throughout 2017 we will be highlighting the national parks and national historic sites of each province and territory — areas that have been set aside to help capture the unique natural history and rich cultural heritage of Canada.



Newfoundland and Labrador
Terre-Neuve et Labrador

(Areas managed by Parks Canada / Zones gérées par Parcs Canada)
Canada 150
National Parks / Parcs nationaux
Gros Morne / Gros-Morne
Terra Nova / Terra-Nova
Torngat Mountains / Monts-Torngat


National Park Reserve / Réserve de parc national
Akami-Uapishku — KakKasuak — Mealy Mountains / Akami-Uapishku — KakKasuak — Monts Mealy
National Historic Sites / Lieux historiques nationaux
Cape Spear / Cap-Spear
Castle Hill / Castle Hill
Hawthorne Cottage / Cottage-Hawthorne
Hopedale Mission / Mission-de-Hopedale
kitjigattalik - Ramah Chert Quarries / kitjigattalik - les Carrières-de-Chert-de-Ramah
L'Anse aux Meadows / L'Anse aux Meadows
Port au Choix / Port au Choix
Red Bay / Red Bay
Ryan Premises / Éstablissement-Ryan
Signal Hill / Signal Hill

Please consult Park Summaries / Résumés parc for a complete list including site descriptions.


New eLibrary Additions

A Structural and Narrative History of Signal Hill National Historic Park and Area to 1945 Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 348 (James E. Candow, Parks Canada, 1979)

The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, Volume I: Archaeology Underwater: The Project / L'archaéologie subaquatique de Red Bay: La construction navale et la pêche de la baleine basques au XVIe siècle, Volume I: L'archaéologie subaquatique: Le project (Robert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, eds., Parks Canada, 2007)

The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, Volume II: Material Culture / L'archaéologie subaquatique de Red Bay: La construction navale et la pêche de la baleine basques au XVIe siècle, Volume II: La culture matérielle (Robert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, eds., Parks Canada, 2007)

The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, Volume III: The 24M Hull / L'archaéologie subaquatique de Red Bay: La construction navale et la pêche de la baleine basques au XVIe siècle, Volume III: La caeène du navire 24M (Robert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, eds., Parks Canada, 2007)

The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, Volume IV: Rigging, Vessel Use and Related Studies / L'archaéologie subaquatique de Red Bay: La construction navale et la pêche de la baleine basques au XVIe siècle, Volume IV: La gréement, l'utilisation du navire et les études connexes (Robert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, eds., Parks Canada, 2007)

The Underwater Archaeology of Red Bay: Basque Shipbuilding and Whaling in the 16th Century, Volume V: Appendices, Glossary and Bibliography / L'archaéologie subaquatique de Red Bay: La construction navale et la pêche de la baleine basques au XVIe siècle, Volume V: Annexes, Glossaire et Bibliographie (Robert Grenier, Marc-André Bernier and Willis Stevens, eds., Parks Canada, 2007)

Table Glass in Canada, 1700-1850 / Verrerie de table au Canada, 1700-1850 History and Archaeology / Histoire et archéologie 60 (Paul McNally, Parks Canada, 1982)

A Quick Snapshot of Parks Canada / Un aperçu de l'Agence Parcs Canada (Parks Canada)

State of Canada's Natural and Historic Places / État des lieux naturels et historiques du Canada (Parks Canada, 2016)

Canada: The Heroic Beginnings / Canada: Les Débuts héroïques (Donald Creighton, Parks Canada, 1974, 1979)

La croix du lac Erié: Erigée en juillet, 1922 Sites historiques Séries no 1 (Parks Canada, 1922)

Guide du Fort Chambly, Québec Sites historiques Séries no 2 (Parks Canada, 1922)

Guide du Fort Lennox, Ile-aux-Noix, Québec Sites historiques Séries no 3 (Parks Canada, c1923)



Friends of Canada's National Parks
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society National Trust for Canada Network in Canadian History and Environment George Wright Society Canadian Parks Council

NPS History For information about the (U.S.) National Park Service, please visit our companion Website: NPSHistory.com


Please Note: Publications produced by Parks Canada, Environment Canada, and Natural Resources Canada are not in the public domain but are copyrighted by the Government of Canada (Crown). The electronic editions of these publications are for non-commercial purposes and do not permit re-use; please respect these copyright-holders by merely linking to this content and not re-posting. Please consult with the appropriate Government of Canada agencies for additional copyright clearance information. Due diligence has been employed in scanning these documents in an attempt to ensure the accuracy of the materials reproduced; however, these should not be viewed as official versions of the original nor having been made in affiliation with or with the endorsement of Parks Canada, Environment Canada, or Natural Resources Canada. Most of the electronic documents were scanned from the English-language edition of these publications, though we endeavour to provide either dual-language or French-language editions when possible. Copies of License to Reproduce Copyrighted Works Owned by the Crown obtained from these agencies graciously permitting these digital reproductions are on file.

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