JB Harkin, Commissioner of Canada’s Dominion Parks Branch (National Parks), at 222 Clemow Avenue

JB Harkin, one of the founders of Canada’s National Park System, and commissioner of the Dominion Parks Branch from 1911 until his retirement in the 1930s, lived in this house on Clemow Avenue during his retirement years.  He was here from ca. 1936 until his death in 1953.  Harkin was also responsible for persuading the govt. to create the National Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada in 1919.  Harkin is pictured below as a young man in his early years as commissioner.

Learn more about Harkin’s efforts (with the help of his secretary and Ottawa native M.B. Williams) to expand Canada’s National Parks and Historic Sites here:http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/pages/13_canadas_national_parks.aspx


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s