Category Archives : National Parks

Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 25 Available

Episode 25 National Parks Beyond the Nation: 24 October 2011 [40:56] While Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan’s six-episode PBS documentary series framed national parks as “America’s Best Idea”, that idea has not been limited to the borders of the United States. The world’s first national parks service was established in Canada; the world’s largest national […]


Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 22 Available

Episode 22 A Century of Parks Canada: May 16, 2011 [33:16] 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 […]

Nature’s Past Live at University of Calgary: A Century of Parks Canada Book Launch

Nature’s Past, the Canadian environmental history podcast, will be recording a live round-table discussion with Claire Campbell and some of the contributors to a new edited collection called, A Century of Parks Canada, 1911-2011, on Monday, April 11th at the University of Calgary (MLT 909, 12pm to 2pm). This event will mark the launch of […]



Nature’s Past Canadian Environmental History Podcast Episode 18 Available

Episode 18 Local and Regional Parks: November 21, 2010 [45:50] 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 […]

Muir Woods and the “unresolved problem at the heart of park history”

Preservation versus use. This, according to environmental historian Alan MacEachern, is the “unresolved problem at the heart of park history.” Last weekend I was fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Muir Woods National Monument just north of San Francisco where I came face to face with this tension in park history. On January 9, […]