A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011

Edited by Claire Campbell and Alan MacEachern and John Sandlos and Ben Bradley and Bill Waiser and C.J. Taylor and George Colpitts and Oliver Craig-Dupont and Ronald Rudin and David Neufeld and Brad Martin and E. Gwyn Langemann and I.S. MacLaren and Lyle

© 2011

When Canada created a Dominion Parks Branch in 1911, it became the first country in the world to establish an agency devoted to managing its national parks. Over the past century this agency, now Parks Canada, has been at the centre of important debates about the place of nature in Canadian nationhood and relationships between Canada's diverse ecosystems and its communities. Today, Parks Canada manages over forty parks and reserves totalling over 200,000 square kilometres and featuring a dazzling variety of landscapes, and is recognized as a global leader in the environmental challenges of protected places. Its history is a rich repository of experience, of lessons learned-critical for making informed decisions about how to sustain the environmental and social health of our national parks.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 458 pages
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A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011

Edited by Claire Campbell and Alan MacEachern and John Sandlos and Ben Bradley and Bill Waiser and C.J. Taylor and George Colpitts and Oliver Craig-Dupont and Ronald Rudin and David Neufeld and Brad Martin and E. Gwyn Langemann and I.S. MacLaren and Lyle

© 2011

When Canada created a Dominion Parks Branch in 1911, it became the first country in the world to establish an agency devoted to managing its national parks. Over the past century this agency, now Parks Canada, has been at the centre of important debates about the place of nature in Canadian nationhood and relationships between Canada's diverse ecosystems and its communities. Today, Parks Canada manages over forty parks and reserves totalling over 200,000 square kilometres and featuring a dazzling variety of landscapes, and is recognized as a global leader in the environmental challenges of protected places. Its history is a rich repository of experience, of lessons learned-critical for making informed decisions about how to sustain the environmental and social health of our national parks.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 458 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.5in x 9.0in

The standard of illustrations is exceedingly good throughout, with archival black-and-white and modern colour photos being well chosen for their interest and relevance. The importance and the clarity of maps is often ignored nowadays, but here they are excellent, and are a real bonus.

-Ken Atkinson, British Journal of Canadian Studies


A diverse and fascinating array of perspectives on the history of Canada's national parks, illuminating many less well-understood aspects of the evolving place of people in and near these parks.

-Stephen Bocking, Professor and Chair, Environmental and Resource Studies Program, Trent University

Claire Campbell is an associate professor in the Department of History and the Coordinator of Canadian Studies at Dalhousie University. She is the author of Shaped by the West Wind: Nature and History in Georgian Bay and co-editor of Groundtruthing: Canada and the Environment, a special issue of the Dalhousie Review.

Governing a Kingdom: Parks Canada, 1911-2011
Claire Elizabeth Campbell

M.B. Williams and the Early Years of Parks Canada
Alan MacEachern

Nature?s Playgrounds: The Parks Branch and Tourism Promotion in the National Parks, 1911-1929
John Sandlos

"A Questionable Basis for Establishing a Major Park": Politics, Roads, and the Failure of a National Park in British Columbia?s Big Bend Country
Ben Bradley

"A Case of Special Privilege and Fancied Right": The Shack Tent Controversy in Prince Albert National Park
Bill Waiser

Banff in the 1960s: Divergent Views of the National Park
C.J. Taylor

Films, Tourists, and Bears in the National Parks: Managing Park Use and the Problematic "Highway Bum" Bear in the 1970s
George Colpitts

Hunting, Timber Harvesting, and Precambrian Beauties: The Scientific Reinterpretation of La Mauricie National Park?s Landscape History, 1969-1975
Olivier Craig-Dupont

Kouchibouguac: Representations of a Park in Acadian Popular Culture
Ronald Rudin

Klaune National Park Reserve, 1923-1974: Modernity and Pluralism
David Nuefeld

Negotiating a Partnership of Interests: Inuvialuit Land Claims and the Establishment of Northern Yukon (Ivvavik) National Park
Brad Martin

Archaeology in Rocky Mountain National Parks: Uncovering an 11, 000-Year-Long Story
E. Gwyn Langemann

Rejuvenating Wilderness: The Challenges of Reintegrating Aboriginal People into the "Playground" of Jasper National Park
I.S. MacLaren

Epilogue
Lyle Dick

Appendix A: Canada?s National Parks and National Park Reserves
Appendix B: National Park Zoning System, Parks Canada Agency
Notes on Contributors
Select Bibliography
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