A page from William McKay’s “List of Indians trading at Fort Ellice” in Fort Ellice ledger, 1866-1868. HBCA B.63/d/11 fos. 12d-13. Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba.
A page from William McKay’s “List of Indians trading at Fort Ellice” in Fort Ellice ledger, 1866-1868. HBCA B.63/d/11 fos. 12d-13. Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba.
Frontispiece. C.R.Chisholm’s All-round route guide (Montreal, Que.: Montreal Printing and Publish. Co., 1869). From the collection of Library and Archives of Canada.
Frontispiece. C.R.Chisholm’s All-round route guide (Montreal, Que.: Montreal Printing and Publish. Co., 1869). From the collection of Library and Archives of Canada.

Lake Abitibi Revisited

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As a Master’s student at Carleton University in Ottawa, Environmental History appeared to me as something of a revelation.  Here was a discipline that combined the scope and grandeur of […]

William McKay’s Character Book: Tracing Environmental Change in Archival Fragments

A page from William McKay’s “List of Indians trading at Fort Ellice” in Fort Ellice ledger, 1866-1868. HBCA B.63/d/11 fos. 12d-13. Courtesy of Hudson’s Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba.

Through a sheer accident of history, a document useful for better understanding environmental change survived the test of time. Just after World War I, a farm boy digging around the […]

Nature’s Past – Episode 46: Historical GIS Research in Canada

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Episode 46: Historical GIS Research in Canada, 26 January 2015 [38:27] Download Audio In recent years, environmental historians and other historians have been working with maps in new ways. Specifically, they […]

Review: Forest Prairie Edge

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Reviewed By: Naomi Horst (University of Guelph) Published: The Otter-NiCHE (December, 2014) Merle Massie, Forest Prairie Edge: Place History in Saskatchewan. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2014. 336 pp. $27.95 […]

Canada by Photograph: Instructed Looking and Tourism of the 19th-century Canadian Landscape

Frontispiece. C.R.Chisholm’s All-round route guide (Montreal, Que.: Montreal Printing and Publish. Co., 1869). From the collection of Library and Archives of Canada.

By the end of the nineteenth century Canadians were beginning to discover and define themselves through their experiences with natural landscapes. Advancements in photographic technology combined with photography’s growing popularity […]

Doctoral Study Opportunity – Northern Exposures at the University of Alberta

The Department of History & Classics at the University of Alberta, is offering a funding package of $20,000/year renewable for up to three additional years for the PhD program starting […]

Landscapes of Science

Science happens here too. Salmon Coast Field Station, British Columbia. Photo: Stephen Bocking.

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of posts considering the intersection between environmental history and the histories of science, technology, and medicine. On Canada’s west coast an archipelago of […]

To Sled or Not to Sled: Boundaries and Borders in Canada’s Winter Playgrounds

Snowmobiling. Credit: Jonas Bengtsson.

You haven’t seen Saskatchewan until you’ve seen it from a snowmobile. Explore millions of acres of open land, zip across thousands of kilometres of groomed and signed trails, and be […]

#EnvHist Worth Reading: December 2014

Lemon Creek, Staten Island, New York, "Under Rossville Avenue, a clogged control structure filters the water out of a small pond." Photo Credit: Nathan Kensinger

Every month I carefully track the most popular and significant environmental history articles, videos, audio, and other items making their way through the online environmental history (#envhist) community. Here are […]

Lessons Learned from 18 Months of Trial-By-Fire Teaching

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In the summer of 2013 I took up a two-year teaching fellowship with the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The position required me to […]

The Otter~La Loutre: Top Five Posts of 2014

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2014 was a big year for The Otter~La Loutre. We completed our first full year on WordPress, we adopted a new editorial collective model for publishing (thanks to our great team […]

ICEHO Bulletin 3

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The International Consortium of Environmental History Organizations has just posted ICEHO Bulletin 3 January 2015. If you have a contribution for the next bulletin, please send it to me by the beginning of […]