Encyclopedia is a source of information on Canada.
is available online, at no cost. The Canadian Encyclopedia is
available in both English and French and includes some 14,000
articles in each language on a wide variety of subjects including
history, popular culture, events, people, places, politics, arts,
First Nations, sports and science.
The website also provides access to the Encyclopedia of Music in
Canada, The Canadian Encyclopedia Junior Edition, Maclean's
articles and Timelines of Canadian
Canada had been without a national encyclopedia
since the 1957 Encyclopedia Canadiana
response to this Mel Hurtig
, a staunch
a project to create a wholly new Canadian Encyclopedia.
Editor in chief James Harley
recruited more than 3,000 authors to write for it. The
first edition of The Canadian Encyclopedia
in three volumes in 1985 (ISBN 0-88830-269-X) and was a Canadian
bestseller (150,000 sets sold in six months), and a revised and
expanded edition was released in 1988 (ISBN 0-88830-326-2). The
company later published The Junior Encyclopedia of
In 1995, the first CD-ROM edition was published (ISBN
0-7710-2041-4). Currently the The Historica Foundation of
, a not-for-profit foundation, publishes the encyclopedia
for free online.