Water and Society

Our rivers and lakes have provided a focal point for settlement, economic development, and transportation. Aboriginal peoples have always derived physical and spiritual sustenance from water. Waterways carried furs, trade goods, and explorers, stimulating the exploration of Canada’s vast interior.

Water has played, and continues to play, a special role in the growth of our nation and is an integral part of the Canadian identity. Its importance is strongly reflected in Canadian art and literature. Information on these topics is offered in this section.