Nature’s Past Episode 18: Local and Regional Parks

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Episode 18: Local and Regional Parks

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The provincial government of British Columbia describes Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park as a “yachter’s paradise” located at the confluence of the Malaspina Inlet and Homfray Channel just north of the town of Power River. The calm, warm waters of Desolation Sound are a popular destination for boating tourists, swimmers, and scuba divers. Most visitors to this marine provincial park, however, are largely unaware of the interconnections between this park and the province’s history of colonization and the displacement of the region’s Aboriginal population.

On this episode of the podcast we interview Jonathan Clapperton, a history doctoral candidate from the University of Saskatchewan, about his research on the history of the relationship between Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park and the local Sliammon First Nation.

Also, we continue the conversation about local and regional parks by speaking with participants from the recent NiCHE-sponsored symposium, Historical and Global Perspectives on Provincial and Local/Regional Parks.


Jonathan Clapperton

Constanza Parra

Steve Alexander

Work Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History and Environment

Historical and Global Perspectives on Provincial and Local/Regional Parks Symposium

Music Credits:

Power Restored                                


Sock Hop

Photo Credits:

“Desolation Sound Marine Provincial Park by rbergsma


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 18: Local and Regional Parks” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 21 November 2010.

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Sean Kheraj

Associate Professor and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University
Sean Kheraj is a member of the executive committee of the Network in Canadian History and Environment. He's an associate professor in the Department of History and Vice-Provost Academic at Toronto Metropolitan University. His research and teaching focuses on environmental and Canadian history. He is also the host and producer of Nature's Past, NiCHE's audio podcast series and he blogs at

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