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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 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.


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Cantwells' Way: A Natural History of the Cape Spear Lightstation

The Role of Artifacts in the Study of Foodways in New France, 1720-60 / L'importance des artefacts dans l'étude des modes d'alimentation en Nouvelle-France entre 1720 et 1760 History and Archaeology/Histoire et archéologie 52 (Jean-Francois Blanchette, Parks Canada, 1981)

Grist and Flour Mills in Ontario; From Millstones to Rollers, 1730-1880 Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 201 (Felicity L. Leung, Parks Canada, 1976)

Excavations to the South of the Blast-Furnace at the Forges du Saint-Maurice, Quebec, 1975: Vertical and Horizontal Displacements Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 209 (Pierre Beaudet, Parks Canada, 1976)

Archaeological Report of the Delort II and Daccarette I Storehouses Situated on the Ile du Quay of the Fortress of Louisbourg, 1976 Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 218 (Pierre Beaudet, Parks Canada, 1977)

Archaeological Investigations at Phillip's Garden and Point Riche, Port au Choix National Historic Park: Report of 1985 Field Activities (M.A.P. Renouf, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Parks Canada, March 15, 1986)

Archaeological Investigations at Crow Head Cave and the Gargamelle Rockshelter in the Port au Choix National Historic Park, Newfoundland: Report of 1986 Field Activities (Stuart C. Brown, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Parks Canada, September, 1988)

Archaeological Investigations at the Port au Choix National Historic Park: Report of the 1990 Field Season (M.A.P. Renouf, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Parks Canada, November 10, 1991)

The 1991 Field Season, Port au Choix National Historic Park: Report of Archaeological Excavations (M.A.P. Renouf, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Parks Canada, November 1, 1992)

The 1992 Field Season, Port au Choix National Historic Park: Report of Archaeological Excavations (M.A.P. Renouf, Memorial University of Newfoundland for Parks Canada, December 1, 1993)

The Wreck of the Auguste Studies in Archaeology, Architecture, and History (Parks Canada, 1992)

Cylindrical English Wine and Beer Bottles 1735-1850 / Les bouteilles à vin et à bière cylindriques anglaises, 1735-1850 Studies in Archaeology, Architecture, and History/Études en archéologie, architecture et histoire (Olive Jones, Parks Canada, 1986)

Substance and Practice. Building Technology and the Royal Engineers in Canada Studies in Archaeology, Architecture, and History (Eileen Woodhead, Parks Canada, 1993)

Legacy of the Machault: A Collection of 18th-century Artifacts / L'héritage du Machault : une collection d'artefacts du XVIIIe siècle Studies in Archaeology, Architecture, and History/Études en archéologie, architecture et histoire (Catherine Sullivan, Parks Canada, 1986)

Early Works: Preliminary Glimpses of the First Military Complex at Point Henry, Kingston, Ontario, 1812-1827 (Henry Cary, excerpt from Ontario Archaeology, ©The Ontario Archaeological Society, No. 76, 2003)

Keeping a Low Profile: An Archaeological Perspective on the Building of Fort Henry (Joseph H. Last, excerpt from Ontario Archaeology, ©The Ontario Archaeological Society, No. 76, 2003)

The Pivot of Defence of Upper Canada: An Overview of the Structural History of Fort Henry (Bob Garcia, excerpt from Ontario Archaeology, ©The Ontario Archaeological Society, No. 76, 2003)

The Evolving Role of Archaeology in Cultural Resource Management on National Historic Sites in Ontario (©Melissa E. Novak, Carleton University, February 2007)

For the Record: The What, How and When of Stratigraphy (Henry C. Cary and Joseph H. Last, excerpt from Ontario Archaeology, ©The Ontario Archaeological Society, No. 83/84, 2007)

Management Plan, Ukkusiksalik National Park / Management Plan (Inuktitut) / Plan Directeur, Parc national du Canada Ukkusiksalik (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Rouge National Urban Park / Plan Directeur, Parc urbain national de la Rouge (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Plan, Cave and Basin National Historic Site / Plan Directeur, Lieu historique national du Canada Cave and Basin Draft (Parks Canada, 2018)

Management Statement, The Forks National Historic Site / Éconcé de gestion, Lieu historique national de La Fourche (Parks Canada, 2018)

What We Heard: Summary of Public and Indigenous Comments on Site Guidelines for Development and Use, Sunshine Village Ski Resort / Ce que nous avons entendu: Résumé des commentaires du public et des Autochtones sur les Lignes directrices particulières pour l'aménagement et l'utilisation du territoire de la station de ski Sunshine Village (Parks Canada, December 14, 2018)

Site Guidelines for Development and Use, Sunshine Village Ski Resort / Lignes directrices particulières pour l'aménagement et l'utilisation du territoire de la station de ski Sunshine Village (Parks Canada, December 14, 2018)



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