Parks Canada and National Geographic
As Canadians mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation, it is also a time to celebrate the 100th anniversary of national historic sites in Canada.
Fort Anne in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia was designated as the first “Dominion Historic Park” in Canada in 1917. This marked the foundation of the system of national historic commemoration in Canada. Today, Parks Canada offers visitors 171 places where they can walk in the footsteps of history, and explore our national heritage. The scope of national historic commemoration has also grown to encompass historic events and persons. Canada’s list of national designations continues to grow, reflecting the rich heritage of our country and providing opportunities for Canadians to learn more about our diversity, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous Peoples.
As one pillar of the centennial celebration, Parks Canada has collaborated with National Geographic to create the all-new National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada. Also new for 2017 is a revised and expanded second edition of the best-selling guidebook to Canada’s national parks and marine conservation areas. Both of these volumes are have been officially launched in English and French.
The full-colour, 352-page National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada showcases 236 of Canada’s top national historic sites where you can immerse yourself in history. It features stories, imagery, and concise background information. Both guides are illustrated with world-class photography and one-of-a-kind maps prepared by National Geographic cartographers. Canadian distributor of the guides is Penguin Random House Canada.
Parks Canada offers visitors 46 national parks, 1 national urban park, 4 national marine conservations and 171 remarkable and national historic sites where visitors can walk in the footsteps of history, and explore our national heritage.