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CELEBRATING CANADA'S SESQUICENTENNIAL   ♦   1867-2017
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Yoho • Kootenay National Parks • Pacific Rim National Park Reserce • Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, British Columbia (clockwise, from top left — ©Parks Canada)

History of Parks Canada Electronic Library

Books of the Month
Living Marine Legacy of Gwaii Haanas
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I: Marine Plant
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II: Marine Invertebrate
(I: N.A. Sloan and P.M. Bartier, March 2000; II: N.A. Sloan, P.M. Bartier and W.C. Austin, December 2001, Parks Canada)
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III: Marine Bird
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IV: Marine Mammal
(III: A. Harfenist, N.A. Sloan and P.M. Bartier, December 2002; IV: K.A. Heise, N.A. Sloan, P.F. Olesiuk, P.M. Bartier and J.K.B. Ford, December 2003, Parks Canada)
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V: Coastal Zone Values
(V: N.A. Sloan, ed., 2006, Parks Canada)
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Canadian Women and the Second World War / Les Canadiennes et la Seconde Guerre mondiale
(Ruth Roach Pierson, Canadian Historical Association Booklet No. 37, 1983)
Video: The Pig War
(Mike Vouri, National Park Service)

Welcome / Bienvenue! The History of Parks Canada Electronic Library is a portal to electronic publications covering the cultural and natural history of the Canadian national park system, which includes 46 national parks/reserves, one urban park, over 970 historic sites (171 of which are administered by Parks Canada, which includes 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 historical 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.

Heritage Minutes
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Terry Fox

National Film Board of Canada
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Log Driver's Waltz

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.

Copyright, Randall D. Payne, Cape Spear NHS



British Columbia
Colombie-Britannique

(Areas managed by Parks Canada / Zones gérées par Parcs Canada)
Canada 150
National Parks / Parcs nationaux
Glacier / Glaciers
Kootenay / Kootenay
Mount Revelstoke / Mont-Revelstoke
Yoho / Yoho


National Park Reserves / Réserves de parc national
Gulf Islands / Îles-Gulf
Gwaii Haanas / haïda Gwaii Haanas
Pacific Rim / Pacific Rim


National Marine Conservation Area Reserve / Réserve d'aire marine nationale de conservation
Gwaii Haanas / haïda Gwaii Haanas
National Historic Sites / Lieux historiques nationaux
Chilkoot Trail / Piste-Chilkoot
Fisgard Lighthouse / Phare-de-Fisgard
Fort Langley / Fort-Langley
Fort Rodd Hill / Fort Rodd Hill
Fort St. James / Fort-St. James
Gitwangak Battle Hill / Colline-Battle Hill-des-Gitwangaks
Gulf of Georgia Cannery / Gulf of Georgia Cannery
Kicking Horse Pass / Col-Kicking Horse
Kootenae House / Kootenae House
Nan Sdins / Nan Sdins
Rogers Pass / Col-Rogers
Stanley Park / Parc-Stanley
Twin Falls Tea House / Salon-de-Thé-des-Chutes-Twin

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


New eLibrary Additions

Living Marine Legacy of Gwaii Haanas. V: Coastal Zone Values and Management around Haida Gwaii Technical Reports in Ecosystem System No. 42 (N.A. Sloan, ed., Parks Canada, 2006)

Visitor Guide, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site (Parks Canada and Haida Nation, April 2008)

Kitwanga Fort National Historic Site, Skeena River, British Columbia: Historical Research and Analysis of Structural Remains Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 341 (George F. MacDonald, Parks Canada, 1979)

Metal and Miscellaneous Artifacts and Materials from Yuquot, B.C. Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 258 (Richard Lueger, Parks Canada, 1973)

The Yuquot Project: Volume 1 History and Archaeology 39 (William J. Folan and John Dewhirst, eds., Parks Canada, 1980)
 The Indigenous Archaeology of Yuquot, a Nootkan Outside Village (John Dewhirst, Parks Canada, 1980)

The Yuquot Project: Volume 2 History and Archaeology 43 (William J. Folan and John Dewhirst, eds., Parks Canada, 1980)
 Geological Outline of the Nootka Sound Region, with Notes on Stone Artifacts from Yuquot, British Columbia (J.E. Muller, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Lithology of Stone Artifacts and Associated Rock Fragments from the Yuquot Site (J.A. Donaldson, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Identification of and Biological Notes on Selected Bone and Tooth Artifacts from Yuquot, British Columbia (Anne M. Rick, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Zooarcheological Analysis of Mollusc Remains from Yuquot, British Columbia (Louise R. Clarke and Arthur H. Clarke, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Zooarchaeological Analysis of Barnacle Remains from Yuquot, British Columbia (Judith A. Fournier and John Dewhirst, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Avian Fauna from the Yuquot Excavation (Nancy M. McAllister, Parks Canada, 1980)
 Osteology of the Human Remains from Yuquot, British Columbia (Jerome S. Cybulski, Parks Canada, 1980)

Fouilles à Yuquot, vol. 2 Histoire et archéologie 43 (William J. Folan et John Dewhirst, compilateurs des réultats des fouilles, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Aperçu de la géologie de la région de la baie de Nootka, et notes sur les artefacts en pierre recueillis à Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (J.E. Muller, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Lithologie des artefacts en pierre et des fragments de roches associés, recueillis dans le site de Yuquot (J.A. Donaldson, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Identification de certains artefacts en os et en ivoire recueillis à Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique, et notes biologiques concernant ces objets (Anne M. Rick, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Analyse zooarchéologique de restes de mollusques trouvés à Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (Louise R. Clarke et Arthur H. Clarke, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Analyse zooarchëologique de restes de cirripèdes provenant de Yuquot, Colombie-Britannique (Judith A. Fournier et John Dewhirst, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Faune aviaire recueillie aux fouilles de Yuquot (Nancy M. McAllister, Parcs Canada, 1980)
 Ostéologie des restes humains provenant de Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (Jerome S. Cybulski, Parcs Canada, 1980)

The Yuquot Project: Volume 3 History and Archaeology 44 (William J. Folan and John Dewhirst, eds., Parks Canada, 1981)
 Glassware Excavated at Yuquot, British Columbia (Olive Jones, Parks Canada, 1981)
 Glass Beads from Yuquot, British Columbia (Karlis Karklins, Parks Canada, 1981)
 Clay Tobacco-Pipes from Yuquot, British Columbia (Iain C. Walker, Parks Canada, 1981)
 Ceramics from Yuquot, British Columbia (Richard Lueger, Parks Canada, 1981)
 Mexican Sherds Recovered from the Archaeological Excavations at Yuquot, British Columbia (Phil Weigand, Sue Ward and Garman Harbottle, Parks Canada, 1981)

Fouilles à Yuquot, vol. 3 Histoire et archéologie 44 (William J. Folan et John Dewhirst, compilateurs des réultats des fouilles, Parcs Canada, 1981)
 Verre mis au jour en Colombie-Britannique (Olive Jones, Parcs Canada, 1981)
 Perles de verre de Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (Karlis Karklins, Parcs Canada, 1981)
 Pipes en terre de Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (Iain C. Walker, Parcs Canada, 1981)
 Céramiques de Yuquot en Colombie-Britannique (Richard Lueger, Parcs Canada, 1981)
 Tessons de poterie mexicaine mis au jour en Colombie-Britannique (Phil Weigand Sue Ward et Garman Harbottle, Parcs Canada, 1981)

The "Grande Hermine"/La grande Hermine (Parks Canada, 1968)

Report on Research and Monitoring in Wapusk National Park, 2015-2016 / Rapport de recherche et de surveillance dans le parc national Wapusk, 2015-2016 (Parks Canada, c2017)

Fire in the Beaver Hills Research Bulletin/Bulletin de Recherches (Greg Thomas, Parks Canada, February 1977)

Brochures: Terra Nova National Park — The Lynx/Le lynx, The Osprey/L'aigle pêcheur (Parks Canada, 1973)

Brochures: Cape Spear (English, French); L'Anse aux Meadows (English, French); Port au Choix (English, French); Signal Hill (English) (Parks Canada, Dates Unknown)

Booklets: Gros Morne National Park — (English/French); Kouchibouguac (Parks Canada, 2017)



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