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Atlases Canadian Digital Collections Portals Government of Canada Websites Internet Archive Newfoundland & Labrador Ontario Government Web Sites Rockies Exploration Toronto Geology

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive
Flip books are available for three of A.P. Coleman’s publications:

Canadian Digital Collections Portals

The portals serve as central sites from which researchers can find primary source materials from public libraries, museums, archives, academic libraries and historical societies.

Alouette Canada
this portal covers collections from across Canada, with some overlap with "The West beyond the West" and "OurOntario."

Archives Society of Alberta See the databases

Government of Canada Websites

Canadian Geographical Names Database

Geological Survey of Canada
website has an excellent historical section which introduces the Geological Survey, provides biographies of notable GSC scientists. Materials prepared for younger students include GSC videos from the Natural Resources Library and educational virtual exhibits, notably Life of a Rock Star .

is the Geological Survey of Canada database for SGS maps (View the maps that Coleman submitted to the GSC, the reports are not available at this point).

Natural Resources Canada, Earth Sciences Portal
presents a contemporary picture of earth science. The site provides information based on large themes including: Canada’s North; Climate Change; Mapping; Natural Disasters; First Nations. Many useful databases and publications are available.

Rock ’N Metal
A Website created by the Musée de la civilisation, part of the Virtual Museum of Canada. An excellent introduction to the Mining and Mineral Resource industry. With a focus on Quebec, the site looks at how the industry works today with some good examples of  how it worked in the past. Many games and interactive activities, glossary, and references.

Ontario Government Web Sites

Geology Ontario
features a series of Ontario mineral and mining databases. Of particular interest to this exhibit is the Search OGS Publications database which provides downloadable images of the maps and reports submitted by A.P. Coleman to the Ontario Bureau of Mines between 1892 and 1936. (OGS stands for Ontario Geological Survey).

GeoNames Ontario: Ontario’s Geographic Names Database
a useful site for tracking some of the more obscure places visited by Coleman.

Ontario Geology
This is a large group of resources that make up one part of the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines portal.  Ontario Geology provides many useful sources including maps, databases and learning objects. RockOntario, a pdf book,  serves as an excellent introduction to Ontario’s landforms, its rocks and minerals, plate tectonics and glacial history.


The Canadian Atlas Online
Created by the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the website features clear, easy-to-navigate maps as well as a Gazetteer, a learning centre and a section of games and quizzes.

Historical Atlas of Canada
Many interactive maps are available on a very wide range of themes, for example the “Exploration Section” has the “Palliser Expedition” map and the “Hector Expedition” map, both of which were used by Coleman in the search for Mount Brown.

Newfoundland & Labrador

The Labrador Inuit through Moravian Eyes
Coleman explored the east coast of Labrador and encountered the Moravians and Inuit who lived in the coastal settlements such as Rama, Hebron, Okak, and Nain.

Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage / Patrimoine de Terre Neuve et du Labrador
A list of virtual exhibits on topics relating to the province.

Once Upon a Mine: Story of Pre-Confederation Mines on the Island of Newfoundland by Wendy Martin
A good introduction to mining industry pre-1949.

Rockies Exploration

Alpine Club of Canada
The site has a historical section as well as a wealth of information on mountaineering in Canada.

Glenbow Museum
A remarkable collection of photographs is available through the Museum website’s “Collections & Research” section. Many of the places visited by Coleman are represented in the Collection. The photographs can also be accessed through the “Alouette” portal (See above).

Measures in Time – Glaciers: Legacy in Ice
An excellent view of climate change in the Canadian Rockies with a focus on the Illecillewaet Glacier. The exhibit is a joint project between Daniel P. McCarthy, Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University and the Whyte Museum.  Archival photographs document the retreat of the glacier.

Peak Finder by Dave Birrell
Useful for locating the mountains explored by Coleman.  Provides information on the evolution of geographical names, it draws on historical accounts of first climbs, many excellent photographs.

Peel’s Prairie Provinces
This site from the University of Alberta.provides digital images of items listed in the bibliography of the same name, Peel’s Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies to 1953 (edited by Ernie B. Ingles and Merril Distad, University of Toronto Press, 2003). Complementing this exhibit are: the “Atlas of Alberta Railways” for maps and “Sidings” (short textual documents); “Alberta Folklore and Local History”; and “Alberta Folklore and Local History Photographs.”

Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies
See the virtual exhibit silent narratives: the Byron Harmon fonds.  Harmon was a photographer and mountain climber who accompanied the Alpine Club of Canada on expeditions in the Rockies. The Coleman archive includes a number photographs and postcards by Harmon. Photographs from the Whyte collections are accessible through the AlbertaInsight database.

Toronto Geology

Lost River Walks Urban Geology
This website is a joint project of “The Toronto Green Community” and the Toronto Field Naturalists, the aim is to inform and connect Torontonians to the city’s natural environment.  There are a number of short essays on Toronto’s Ice Age. Don Valley Brickworks Geology discusses the north wall of the quarry.