J.N. Bellin, Carte du Golphe de St-Laurent et Pays Voisins (1760, Wikimedia Commons)
J.N. Bellin, Carte du Golphe de St-Laurent et Pays Voisins (1760, Wikimedia Commons)
This Thomas Lovell painting depicts the arduous journey that the Camel Corp endured in the 1850s. Source: www.shraboise.com & armyhistory.org
This Thomas Lovell painting depicts the arduous journey that the Camel Corp endured in the 1850s. Source: www.shraboise.com & armyhistory.org
Miner Monument on Elliot Lake. Photo by author.
Miner Monument on Elliot Lake. Photo by author.

Hot Summer Photo Contest: Travel, Tourism, and the Environment

Rogers Pass, Albert Canyon, CPR, colour, 1920s?

NiCHE is holding a Summer 2016 photo contest on the theme of “Travel, Tourism, and the Environment.” The theme is timely, for summer is when environmental historians take to the […]

Ontario Historical Society Presents Two Awards for Environmental Histories

At their June 2016 Annual General Meeting, the Ontario Historical Society presented two awards for environmental histories of Ontario. Owen Temby and Ryan O’Connor received the 2015 Riddell Award recognizing […]

Northeast & Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum

J.N. Bellin, Carte du Golphe de St-Laurent et Pays Voisins (1760, Wikimedia Commons)

The presence of your company is requested at the 5th annual Northeast & Atlantic Canada Environmental History Forum, to be held August 12-13, 2016 in Halifax. Graciously hosted by the Gorsebrook Institute […]

Waukesha and Great Lakes Water: Some Historical Background

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On June 21, the eight U.S. states touching the Great Lakes approved an application by Waukesha, Wisconsin to divert water from Lake Michigan. That may sound rather innocuous, but it is […]

#EnvHist Worth Reading: May 2016

This Thomas Lovell painting depicts the arduous journey that the Camel Corp endured in the 1850s. Source: www.shraboise.com & armyhistory.org

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. You can […]

Wildly Nuclear: Elliot Lake and Canada’s Nuclear Legacy

Miner Monument on Elliot Lake. Photo by author.

Elliot Lake over the past sixty years has had two unofficial titles. The first is “Jewel in the Wilderness,” and the second is “the Uranium Capital of the World.” In the […]

Exploring Fish Introductions using GIS

A Palladio map showing bass introductions into Algonquin Park 1898-1901 along the route of the Canadian Atlantic Railway.

When Alfred Crosby proposed the “Columbian Exchange,” fish were notably absent from his account. One reason is that global fish exchanges are only about 150 years old. Intimately connected with […]

Telling the Stories Staples Tell: Visualizing Data and a Call for Contributors

Timber raft below Parliament buildings, Ottawa River, 1882
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Andrew Watson and Jim Clifford Are there still stories that Canadian staple histories can tell us? This was the theme of a panel called “The Stories Staples Tell” organized by […]

The Iinnii Initiative: Reintroducing Bison to Blackfoot Country

For those of us still “marinating” in the rich soup of cultural and ecological connections that we were exposed to at CHESS 2016: Bison Landscapes, Mountain Places–and for those who […]

The Birthday of the Year Without a Summer

This image has become associated with the Year Without a Summer, ...but it is not at all clear it dates from, or is about, 1816.

Happy birthday, I guess. Two hundred years ago this morning, snow started coming down in Quebec City and didn’t let up. Bewildered flocks of birds landed in the streets, where they were killed […]

Publication of “Moving Natures: Mobility and Environment in Canadian History”

The newest edited collection in the NiCHE-University of Calgary Press “Canadian History and Environment Series” has just been published. Moving Natures is edited by Ben Bradley, Jay Young, and Colin Coates and […]

Special Issue of Histoire sociale/Social history on “The History of Tourism in Canada”

Readers of The Otter ~ La Loutre may be interested in a new special issue of Histoire sociale/Social history on “The History of Tourism in Canada” that has a strong Canadian […]