A Century of Parks Canada, 1911–2011

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A Century of Parks Canada, 1911–2011. Cover.

Campbell, Claire Elizabeth, ed. A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011. Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 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. (Source: University of Calgary Press)

The Canadian History and Environment series explores topical issues in Canadian history as seen through an environmental lens, and is published in partnership with the Network in Canadian History & Environment/Nouvelle initiative canadienne en histoire de l’environnement (NiCHE)