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History of Parks Canada Electronic Library


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 Parks System, which includes 46 national parks/reserves, one national urban park, 987 national historic sites (171 of which are administered by Parks Canada, including nine heritage canals), four national marine conservation areas/reserves, and one national 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 an independent effort and is not affiliated with the Government of Canada/Parks Canada. 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.


New eLibrary Additions

Let's Talk South Okanagan - Similkameen / Parlons Okanagan Sud Similkameen (Parks Canada, 2018)

Map: South Okanagan - Similkameen Proposed National Park Reserve Regional Context (Parks Canada, 2018)

Map: South Okanagan - Similkameen Proposed National Park Reserve Working Boundary (Parks Canada, 2018)

For additional information about the Rideau Canal, please visit:
Friends of the Rideau

The Rideau Canal: Defence, Transport and Recreation / Le canal Rideau: défense, transport, récréation History and Archaeology/Histoire et archéologie 50 (Judith Tulloch, Parks Canada, 1981)

Commercial Navigation on the Rideau Canal, 1832-1961 / La navigation commerciale sur le canal Rideau, 1832-1961 History and Archaeology/Histoire et archéologie 54 (Edward Forbes Bush, Parks Canada, 1981)

Historic Bridges on the Rideau Waterways System: A Preliminary Report Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 212 (Robert W. Passfield, Parks Canada, 1976)

The St. Peter's Canal Swing Bridge Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 212 (Robert W. Passfield, Parks Canada, 1976)

The Upper Dorchester Covered Bridge, Westmorland County, New Brunswick Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 212 (Robert W. Passfield, Parks Canada, 1977)

Nineteenth Century Industrial Development in the Rideau Corridor: A Preliminary Report Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 215 (Marsha Hay Synder, Parks Canada, 1977)

Profil de certains édifices de long du canal Rideau: le "Royal Engineers' Office" et l'édifice du Commissariat à Ottawa, étude du paysage de la station d'éclusage d'Ottawa, le tunnel de chemin de fer à Ottawa, la forge à Jones Falls et le blockhaus à Kingston Mills Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 225 (Jean-Claude Parent, Parks Canada, 1977)

Economic Impact of Parks Canada / Impact économique de Parcs Canada Final Revised (The Outspan Group, April 2011)

Criteria, General Guidelines, Specific Guidelines for Evaluating Subjects of Potential National Historic Significance / Critères, Lignes directrices générales, Lignes directrices particulières pour l’évaluation des sujets d’importance historique nationale (Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Fall 2017)

What’s Next: Parks and Protected Areas to 2020 and Beyond, (©CPAWS, July 2018)

Departmental Results Report, Parks Canada Agency / Rapport su les résultats ministériels, Agence Parcs Canada (2017-2018, Parks Canada)

State of the Mountains Report / Rapport sur l'état des montagnes (Lael Parrott, Zac Robinson and David Hik, eds., ©The Alpine Club of Canada, Vol. 1, May 2018)

Making a Miniature Red Chair! / Fabrication d'une chaise rouge miniature (Shirley Alyward and Josh Thomas, Parks Canada)

Banff National Park: How Nature Carves Its Splendour (David M. Baird, Geological Survey of Canada, 1977)

Jasper National Park, Alberta: Behind the Mountains and Glaciers (David M. Baird, Geological Survey of Canada, 1977)

Jasper Community Sustainability Plan / Plan de développement durable de la collectivité de Jasper (Parks Canada and Municipality of Jasper, September 2011)

Indigenous Newsletter / Bulletin d'information autochtone (Parks Canada, May 2018)

A "Canadian Bethesda": Reading Banff as a Health Resort, 1883-1902 (Caroline Lieffers, extract from Past Imperfect, 17, 2011)

Management Plan, Rouge National Urban Park / Plan Directeur, Parc urbain national de la Rouge Draft (Parks Canada, 2014)

Management Plan, Niagara National Historic Sites of Canada / Plan Directeur, Lieux historiques nationaux du Canada de Niagara Draft (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Chambly Canal National Historic Site of Canada / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada du Canal-de-Chambly (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Sir George-Étienne Cartier National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada de Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Fort Chambly National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada du Fort-Chambly (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada de la Bataille-de-la-Châteauguay (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Coteau-du-Lac National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada de Coteau-du-Lac (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Signal Hill National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada de Signal Hill (Parks Canada, 2018)

Climate Change and Canada's National Parks: A Users Manual (Brenda Jones, Daniel Scott, Elaine Barrow and Nancy Wun, Environment and Climate Change Canada, January 2003)

Climate Change & Nature-Based Tourism: Implications for Park Visitation in Canada (Daniel Scott and Brenda Jones, University of Waterloo, April 2006)

Climate Change Seasonality in Canadian Outdoor Recreation and Tourism (Daniel Scott and Brenda Jones, University of Waterloo, April 2006)

Climate, Tourism & Recreation: A Bibliography — 1936 to 2006 (Daniel Scott, Brenda Jones and Geoff McBoyle, University of Waterloo, June 2006)

The Vulnerability of Winter Recreation to Climate Change in Ontario's Lakelands Tourism Region (Daniel Scott, Brenda Jones, Christopher Lemieux, Geoff McBoyle, Brian Mills, Stephen Svenson and Geoff Wall, University of Waterloo, 2002)

Vegetation Response to Climate Change: Implications for Canada's Conservation Lands (Daniel Scott and Christopher J. Lemieux, Environment and Climate Change Canada, January 2003)

Booklet Elk Island (Parks Canada, 2nd edition, 1934)



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