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Kluane National Park
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National Parks of Canada Electronic Library

Welcome / Bienvenue! The National Parks of Canada Electronic Library is a portal to electronic publications covering the cultural and natural history of the Canadian park system, which includes 46 national parks/reserves, 169 historic sites (including 9 heritage canals), 4 marine conservation areas/reserves, 1 urban park and 1 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 historic 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

Natural Areas of Canadian Significance: A Preliminary Study (Parks Canada, October 1976)

Guide to National and Historic Parks/Sites in Western and Northern Canada / Guide de parcs nationaux et parcs/lieux historiques nationaux de l'ouest et du nord du Canada (Parks Canada, 1983)

Miscellaneous Research Papers Manuscript Report Number/Travail inédit numéro 216 (William Russell, Parks Canada, 1975-77)

List of Designations of National Historic Significance / Répertoire des désignations d'importance historique nationale (Parks Canada, March 2004)

Early Canadian Court Houses (Margaret Carter, ed., Parks Canada, 1983)

The Climate of the Contiguous Mountain Parks: Banff, Jasper, Kootenay, Yoho Project Report No. 30 (B. Janz and D. Storr, ©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of the Environment Canada, 1977)

The Northern Yukon: An Ecological Land Survey (E.B. Wiken, D.M. Welch, G.R. Ironside and D.G. Taylor, ©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, as represented by the Minister of the Environment Canada, 1981)

Tales of Mountain Oil / Histoires de Pétrole de Montagne First Oil Well in Western Canada National Historic Site (Parks Canada, undated)

Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 21 (Parks Canada, 1979)
The First Contingent: The North-West Mounted Police, 1873-74 (Philip Goldring)
Whisky, Horses and Death: The Cypress Hills Massacre and its Sequel (Philip Goldring)
The Dawson Daily News: Journalism in the Klondike (Edward F. Bush)

Lieux historiques canadiens: cahiers d'archéologie et d'histoire no 21 (Parcs Canada, 1979)
La Police à cheval du Nord-Ouest: premier contingent, 1873-1874 (Philip Goldring)
Whisky, chevaux et mort: le massacre des collines Cyprès et ses séquelles (Philip Goldring)
Le Dawson Daily News: journalisme au Klondike (Edward F. Bush)

Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 22 (Lynne Sussman, Parks Canada, 1979)
Spode/Copeland Transfer-Printed Patterns Found at 20 Hudson's Bay Company Sites

Lieux historiques canadiens: cahiers d'archéologie et d'histoire no 22 (Lynne Sussman, Parcs Canada, 1979)
Les motifs imprimés de Spode/Copeland dans vingt sites de la Compagnie de la baie d'Hudson

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 information about the (U.S.) National Park Service (1916-2016), please visit the Centennial Edition our companion Website:

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 endorsed by 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.