J.B. Harkin

J.B. Harkin

Father of Canada's National Parks

Book - 2010
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Many of Canada's superb national parks owe their existence to James Bernard Harkin (1875-1955), the first commissioner of Canada's new Dominion Parks Branch in 1911. Ted Hart follows Harkin's career from his apprenticeship in the Department of the Interior to his retirement in 1936, and presents Harkin as a major force in early Canadian parks and wildlife conservation. He supported Canadian wildlife conservation at its inception, created the world's first park service, and developed major park policies. Conservationists, serious history enthusiasts, and those with an interest in Canada's national parks will enjoy this biography of a multifaceted and significant individual.
Publisher: Edmonton : University of Alberta Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780888645128
Branch Call Number: 333. 78092 HAR H
Characteristics: xxii, 564 p. : ill., ports.


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Mar 21, 2011

This book has a weird cover which should say something about the content. Ted Hart has not done his homework in relation to Harkin and Waterton Lakes National Park. He makes many assumptions and uses "Probably" or "May Have" a lot when he simply doesn't know.
I admire Hart for his past works but this one is not very good. He has made some historical errors regarding the building of the Chief Mountain Highway and makes some unfounded conclusions about Canon S. H. Middleton which are, frankly, unforgiveable.

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