Harkin, James Bernard National Historic Person

Banff National Park of Canada, Alberta
Portrait of James Bernard Harkin (© Expired; credit Yousuf Karsh, Library and Archives Canada.)
James Bernard Harkin
(© Expired; credit Yousuf Karsh, Library and Archives Canada.)
Address : southern end of Banff Avenue, Banff National Park of Canada, Alberta

Recognition Statute: Historic Sites and Monuments Act (R.S.C., 1985, c. H-4)
Designation Date: 1955-05-10
Life Date: 1875 to 1955

Other Name(s):
  • Harkin, James Bernard  (Designation Name)

Importance: Commissioner of the Dominion Parks Branch (1911-36), instituted the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

Plaque(s)


Existing plaque: on a panel / cairn southern end of Banff Avenue, Alberta

Born in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, Harkin was named Commissioner of the recently created Dominion Parks Branch in 1911, and over a period of 25 years organized a nation-wide system of parks. A firm believer in the recreational and economic value of parkland, he directed his efforts to ensure access to the system for the greatest possible number of Canadians. Harkin was an ardent conservationist who was responsible for important advances in the field of wildlife preservation. On his advice the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was created in 1919, and he was one of its original members.