Parks Canada History

CELEBRATING CANADA'S SESQUICENTENNIAL   ♦   1867-2017
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Kluane National Park Reserve • Vuntut • Ivvavik National Parks, Yukon (clockwise, from top left — ©Parks Canada)

History of Parks Canada Electronic Library

Book of the Month
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The S.S. Klondike, 1937-55: A Structural History
(Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1979)

Vol. IVol. IIVol. IIIVol. IV
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A Narrative History of the S.S. Klondike
(Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1981)
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The Chilkoot Pass and the Great Gold Rush of 1898
(Richard J. Friesen, Parks Canada, 1981)
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Le col Chilkoot et la ruée vers l'or de 1898
(Richard J. Friesen, Parcs Canada, 1981)

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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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Sam Steele

National Film Board of Canada
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The Enduring Wilderness

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.




Yukon Territory
Territoire du Yukon

(Areas managed by Parks Canada / Zones gérées par Parcs Canada)
Canada 150
National Parks / Parcs nationaux
Ivvavik / Ivvavik
Vuntut / Vuntut


National Park Reserve / Réserve de parc national
Kluane / Kluane
National Historic Sites / Lieux historiques nationaux
Dawson Historical Complex / Complexe-Historique-de-Dawson
Dredge No. 4 / Drague-Numéro-Quatre
Former Territorial Court House / l'Ancien-Palais-de-Justice-Territorial
S.S. Keno / S.S. Keno
S.S. Klondike / S.S. Klondike

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


New eLibrary Additions

S.S. Klondike: Fact Sheet, Fiche d'information (Parks Canada, undated)

The S.S. Klondike, 1937-55: A Structural History. Vol. I Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 342 (Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1979)

The S.S. Klondike, 1937-55: A Structural History. Vol. II Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 342 (Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1979)

The S.S. Klondike, 1937-55: A Structural History. Vol. III Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 342 (Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1979)

The S.S. Klondike, 1937-55: A Structural History. Vol. IV Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 342 (Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1981)

A Narrative History of the S.S. Klondike Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 402 (Arnold E. Roos, Parks Canada, 1976)

Provisions for the Yukon the S S Klondike Cargo Hold in the Late 1930's Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 411 (Richard Stuart, Parks Canada, 1980)

Whitehorse Heritage Buildings: A Walking Tour of Yukon's Capital (©Yukon Historical and Museums Association, 1983, all rights reserved)

Dawson City: Heart of the Klondike (Parks Canada, 1975)

A Master Development Plan for the Klondike National Historic Sites (Parks Canada, October 1978)

Le Nord du Yukon, une aire naturelle d'intérêt canadien (Parcs Canada, 1978)

Yukon Territory: History, Administration, Resources and Development (W.F. Lothian, Bureau of Northwest Territories and Yukon Affairs/Lands, Parks and Forests Branch, 1947)

Le ruisseau des Forges du Saint-Maurice Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 302 (Pierre Nadon, Michel Bédard, André Bérubé, Claire Mousseau et Marcel Mousette, Parks Canada, 1978)

"Situating L'Anse aux Meadows in the Vinland Sagas" (Birgitta Wallace, Icelandic National League, 2014)

Multi-species Action Plan for Jasper National Park of Canada [Proposed] / Plan d'action visant des espèces multiples dans le parc national du Canada Jasper [Proposition] (Parks Canada, 2017)

Values and Ethics Code / Code de valeurs et d'éthique (Parks Canada, 2014)

Audit of the Delivery of Bilingual Services to Visitors by Parks Canada / Vérification de la prestation des services bilingues aux visiteurs à Parcs Canada (Final Report/Rapport Final, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages/Commissariat aux langues officielles, September 2012)

Audit of the Delivery of Bilingual Services to Visitors by Parks Canada / Vérification de la prestation des services bilingues aux visiteurs à Parcs Canada (Follow-up/Suivi, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages/Commissariat aux langues officielles, September 2016)

An Approach to Aboriginal Cultural Landscapes / Une introduction à l'étude des paysages culturels autochtones (Susan Buggey, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, March 1999)

Managing a Forest at Risk, Newfoundland & Labrador / Gérer une forêt en péril, Terre Neuve et Labrador (Parks Canada, undated)

Forests at Risk, Gros Morne National Park / Les forêts menacées, Parc national Gros-Morne (Parks Canada, undated)

Forests at Risk, Terra Nova National Park / Forêts en péril, Parc national Terra Nova (Parks Canada, undated)

Butterflies of Southern Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands (Parks Canada, undated)

Towards a Recovery Strategy for Garry Oak and Associated Ecosystems in Canada: Ecological Assessment and Literature Review Technical Report GBEI/EC-00-030 (Marilyn A. Fuchs, Environment Canada, 2001, © Her Majesty The Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change)

Brochures: Fort Rodd Hill (1978)Banff Townsite Roads & Trails (c1960s) (Parks Canada)



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


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