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BC Studies no. 170 Summer 2011

Special issue: Provincial Parks

Co-edited by Jenny Clayton, Bed Bradley, and Graeme Wynn

In British Columbia, 2011 marks a centenary for the provincial parks movement: an act of the legislature established Strathcona Park as the province’s first such space on 1 March 1911. Prompted by this anniversary, this issue presents several case studies that show how park management has changed over time; the reception of and use of parks in various regions of the province; the contribution of parks to British Columbia’s tourism industry; the wide range of actions regarded as permissible in “protected areas”; and the role of conservationists and environmentalists in urging the provincial government to create and preserve parks.

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The Front

The Front

One Hundred Years of Struggle: The Ongoing Effort to Establish Provincial Parks and Protected Areas in British Columbia

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Ben Bradley is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Queen’s University. His dissertation examines how highways and driving shaped experiences of history and the environment in the BC Interior during the period 1925-75.

Jenny Clayton teaches Canadian and Environmental History at the University of Victoria, where she completed her dissertation, “Making Recreational Space: Citizen Involvement in Outdoor Recreation and Park Establishment in British Columbia, 1900-2000.”

Arn Keeling is a historical-cultural geographer at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He holds degrees in history and geography from the University of British Columbia, and has written on water pollution and the environmental politics of British Columbia, as well as on mining and northern development in Canada.

Graeme Wynn, the editor of BC Studies since 2009, is an historical geographer and environmental historian with broad interests in Canada and other regions of European settlement overseas. His most recent book, Canada and Arctic North America: An Environmental History (2007) is a sweeping and original interpretation of environmental transformation across the northern half of North America through 15,000 years. He is currently the Brenda and David McLean Chair of Canadian Studies at UBC.

Paula Young holds a Master’s degree in history from the University of Victoria. She teaches Canadian, American and sport history and is the current Chair of Humanities at Camosun College.

Philip Van Huizen is a doctoral candidate in the History Department at the University of British Columbia. His dissertation investigates the 1967-84 Canadian-American High Ross Dam controversy.