Parks Canada History

Copyright, Randall D. Payne
PACIFIC RIM NATIONAL PARK RESERVE, British Columbia


About Us

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 Canada's past. Our goal is to offer a window into the richness of the Canadian National Parks 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. Randall D. Payne is a long-time (U.S.) National Park Service volunteer and lives in the Pacific Northwest. Dr. Harry A. Butowsky is a retired (U.S.) National Park Service historian in Washington D.C. and former manager for the National Park Service History e-Library web site.

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 and Climate Change 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

À propos de nous

Nous avons créé ParksCanadaHistory.com pour les personnes passionnées par les parcs nationaux, les lieux historiques nationaux et les aires marines nationales de conservation du Canada. Nous espérons que ce site Web vous aidera à en apprendre davantage sur les ressources culturelles et naturelles des parcs nationaux, les lieux historiques du Canada ainsi que sur l'Agence Parcs Canada.

Les parcs nationaux, les lieux historiques et les aires marines de conservation présentent un manuel d'histoire culturelle et naturelle du Canada - un manuel qui nous renseigne sur les gens, les événements, les bâtiments, les objets, les paysages et les artefacts du passé du Canada. Notre objectif est d'offrir une fenêtre sur la richesse du Réseau des parcs nationaux du Canada en donnant accès à des éditions électroniques de publications de Parcs Canada difficiles à trouver, épuisées depuis longtemps, telles que publiées sous ses divers noms sur plus de 100 ans riches en histoire: Direction des parcs nationaux, Direction des parcs nationaux, Programme Parcs Canada, Service canadien des parcs et Agence Parcs Canada.

ParksCanadaHistory.com a été créé par deux personnes passionnées par l'idée de parc national. Randall D. Payne est un bénévole de longue date (États-Unis) du National Park Service et vit dans le Pacifique Nord-Ouest. Le Dr Harry A. Butowsky est un historien retraité (U.S.) du National Park Service à Washington D.C. et ancien directeur du site Web de la bibliothèque électronique du National Park Service History.

Un immense merci à notre consultant technique: Dr Alan MacEachern, professeur agrégé d'histoire canadienne à l'Université de Western Ontario, ancien directeur de NiCHE: Network in Canadian History & Environment, éditeur de la série Canadian History & Environment à la University of Calgary Press, et auteur.

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

Veuillez noter: les documents produits par le gouvernement du Canada sont protégés par les droits d'auteur de la Couronne; l'autorisation de créer des éditions numériques de ces documents a été obtenue de Parcs Canada, d'Environnement et Changement climatique Canada et de Ressources naturelles Canada (accords de licence dans le dossier); mes remerciements à ces agences pour la permission de mettre ces documents importants en ligne.

French Translation complements of Laurence Boudreau


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 and Climate Change 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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