Parks Canada History

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Boishébert and Beaubears Island Shipbuilding National Historic Sites (left); Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site (right), New Brunswick (©Parks Canada)

About Us / À propos de nous

We created ParksCanadaHistory.com for individuals who are passionate about the National Parks, National Historic Sites and National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada. We hope this web site will help you learn about and the cultural and natural resources of the national parks and historic sites of Canada and the Parks Canada Agency.

The National Parks, Historic Sites and Marine Conservation Areas present a Canadian cultural and natural history textbook — a textbook that educates us about the people, events, buildings, objects, landscapes, and artifacts of the Canadian past and about the aspirations and actions that produced those tangible survivors. Our goal is to offer a window into the richness of the Parks Canada System by presenting access to electronic editions of hard-to-find, long out-of-print, Parks Canada publications, as published under its various names over its rich 100+ year history: Dominion Parks Branch, National Parks Branch, Parks Canada Program, Canadian Parks Service, and the Parks Canada Agency.

ParksCanadaHistory.com was created by two individuals who have a passion for the national park idea. Dr. Harry A. Butowsky is a retired (U.S.) National Park Service historian in Washington D.C. Dr. Butowsky also served as manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site. Randall D. Payne is a long-time (U.S.) National Park Service volunteer and lives in the Pacific Northwest. He has contributed thousands of electronic documents to the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service.

A huge debt of thanks goes to our technical consultant: Dr. Alan MacEachern, Associate Professor of Canadian History at the University of Western Ontario, past Director of NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment, editor of the Canadian History & Environment series at the University of Calgary Press, and author.

We welcome your input on how we can better deliver that message by contacting us. Updates are made on the first of each month, with minor corrections made throughout the month.

Please note: documents produced by the Government of Canada are Crown copyrighted; permission to create digital editions of these materials has been obtained from Parks Canada, Environment Canada, and Natural Resources Canada (license agreements on file); my thanks to these agencies for permission to place these important documents online.


A wise nation preserves its records, gathers up its muniments, decorates the tombs of its illustrious dead, repairs its great public structures, and fosters national pride and love of country, by perpetual reference to the sacrifices and glories of the past.
—Joseph Howe, from The Golden Book

Qui sommes-nous

Nous avons créé ParksCanadaHistory.com Pour les personnes qui sont passionnés par les parcs nationaux, lieux historiques nationaux et les aires marines nationales de conservation du Canada. Nous espérons que ce site vous aidera à apprendre et culturel et naturel acerca les ressources des parcs nationaux et des lieux historiques du Canada et l'Agence Parcs Canada.

Les parcs nationaux, les lieux historiques et les aires marines de conservation culturellement et naturellement présents manuels d'histoire du Canada - un manuel qui nous éduque sur les gens, les événements, les bâtiments, les objets, les paysages, et les artefacts du passé du Canada et sur les aspirations et les actions qui ont produit ces survivants tangibles. Notre objectif est d'offrir une fenêtre sur la richesse du système de Parcs Canada en présentant l'accès aux éditions électroniques de dur à trouver, à long out-of- print, les publications de Parcs Canada, tel que publié sous ses différents noms sur la richesse de son 100 + ans d'histoire : Direction parcs du Dominion, Direction des parcs nationaux, Programme Parcs Canada, service canadien des parcs, et l'Agence Parcs Canada.

ParksCanadaHistory.com a été créé par deux personnes qui ont une passion pour l' idée de parc national. Dr Harry A. Butowsky est un historien ( US ) National Park Service à la retraite à Washington DC Dr Butowsky également servi comme chef de l' Histoire Service site Web de e-Library parc national. Randall D. Payne a - été bénévole pour l' ( US ) National Park Service et vit dans le Pacifique Nord-Ouest. J'ai contribué des milliers de documents électroniques pour le National Park Service, le US Forest Service.

Un énorme dette de gratitude va à notre conseiller technique : Dr. Alan MacEachern, professeur agrégé d'histoire canadienne à l'Université de Western Ontario, Directeur passé de Niche: Réseau de l'histoire canadienne et de l'environnement, rédacteur en chef de la série Histoire & Environnement Canada à l'Université of Calgary Press, et auteur.

Nous nous réjouissons de vos commentaires sur la façon dont nous pouvons mieux livrer ce message en nous contactant. Les mises à jour sont effectuées sur le premier de chaque mois, avec des corrections mineures apportées tout au long du mois.

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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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