Nature’s Past Episode 22: A Century of Parks Canada

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Episode 22: A Century of Parks Canada

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On May 19, 2011, Parks Canada celebrates its 100th anniversary, commemorating its founding in 1911 as the world’s first national parks service. Preceding the creation of the National Park Service in the United States by more than five years, the federal government of Canada created a new unit within the Department of the Interior, known as the Dominion Parks Branch, to oversee and administer the country’s forest reserves and a nascent assemblage of western national parks. Over the course of the next century this government agency would, as Canadian historian Claire Campbell writes, “convince Canadians that in their national parks resided the true wealth of a kingdom.”

In recognition of this occasion, the Network in Canadian History and Environment sponsored the publication of a new edited collection called A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011 that explores episodes of Canada’s national parks history from coast to coast to coast. This book is the first to be published in NiCHE’s Canadian History and Environment series in partnership with the University of Calgary Press as an open access publication. Listeners can download a digital copy and order a print copy today from the book’s website.

Book Cover, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011


Claire Campbell

George Colpitts

Gwynn Langemann

Works Cited:

Sean Kheraj, Canadian History & Environment

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

Music Credits:

“Potato” by The Spark that Thought

“A Driving Rain” by The Spark that Thought

“Introspection” by Fireproof_Babies

Photo Credit:

“Fathom Five National Marine Park, ON” by LisArt


Kheraj, Sean. “Episode 22: A Century of Parks Canada” Nature’s Past: Canadian Environmental History Podcast. 16 May 2011

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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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