Canada's History Archive launched in celebration of Canada Day 2017

New online archive showcases 90 years of The Beaver magazine

WINNIPEG, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - For decades, The Beaver magazine offered a window on a world rarely seen by most Canadians — the Far North.

Sharing stories of the fur-trade era to modern times, The Beaver was a rich national resource for researchers and history lovers alike.

Now — in time for Canada's 150th anniversary — The Beaver's entire catalogue of back issues is being made available online — for free — via a new mobile-responsive Archive launching today.

"Canada's History Archive featuring The Beaver" allows users to browse stories about the people and places of the North, as well as the history of Canada from coast to coast to coast.

"Canada's History Archive featuring The Beaver offers Canadians the opportunity to explore an important part of their country's history," said Janet Walker, President & CEO of Canada's History Society.

In addition to The Beaver, the archive will feature issues of Canada's History magazine as well as Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids. This sesquicentennial project was made possible thanks to a generous contribution from the Hudson's Bay Company History Foundation.

From Inuit culture and art, to tales from the trap lines of the Hudson's Bay Company, the Archive, at, contains a wealth of information for educators, archivists, historians and history enthusiasts.

To download photos of past issues and feature spreads from The Beaver magazine, as well as B-roll video, and for links to stories of "regional" interest (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, West Coast) go to:


  • The Beaver magazine was launched in 1920 as an in-house newsletter of the Hudson's Bay Company.
  • The second-oldest continuously published magazine in Canada, The Beaver was renamed Canada's History magazine in 2010 and today explores the history of our country.
  • About 70 per cent of The Beaver's content has been uploaded to the Canada's History Archive. The remainder — consisting of rare and fragile early issues of the magazine — is currently being processed and will be available for access in Fall of 2017.
  • The Archive contains nearly 250 issues of The Beaver, as well as Canada's History and Kayak magazines. More issues are being added daily.
  • The next phase of Canada's History Archive project will be the incorporation of a new search functionality, which will utilize leading-edge technology. The search functionality is expected to launch in Fall of 2017.

Canada's History Society was founded in 1994 to promote greater popular interest in Canadian history. It does so through its publishing efforts (primarily through Canada's History magazine and Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids, and its website, as well as its programs, including the Governor General's History Awards.

SOURCE Canada's History

For further information: contact Mark Reid, Director of Content & Communications, Canada's History Society, P: (204) 509-1867, E:


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