Founded in 1905, The Champlain Society works to echo the voices of some of Canada’s most eloquent citizens. Since the early 1600s, explorers, merchants, public servants, scientists, ordinary people, and extraordinary men and women have left riveting accounts of their actions and thoughts. Through its books and Digital Collection, its blog and its podcasts, the Champlain Society makes the adventures, explorations, discoveries, and opinions that have shaped Canada available to all who have an interest in its past. The Champlain Society is accessible, but it is uncompromisingly scholarly: its works are the object of meticulous treatment by specialists whose role has been to highlight the significance of the eyewitness accounts and to inform readers of the context in which these documents were drafted.
The mission of The Champlain Society is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada’s rich store of historical records.
Its Goals Are:

To publish an annual volume that presents Canadian documentary materials which are edited and produced to the highest standards;
To assist the Canadian public in improving the understanding of the nation’s past through occasional blogs, podcasts, public lectures, seminars, colloquia, conferences, and the publication of occasional papers;
To serve as an advocate on the proper care of, and accessibility to, Canada’s historical records

For more than 110 years, the Champlain Society has increased public access to Canada's rich documentary heritage. It aims to help Canadians (and others!) explore four centuries of adventure, travel, social change, economic growth, and nation building through the Society's books and online Digital Collection. This is our history - members are invited to experience it through the words and images of those who were there.Read more



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