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Canada: A Literary Tour offers a glimpse into the contours and context of our national literary achievement. The poetry and prose that define Canadian literature are often inspired by the land, the streets and even the buildings in which an author lives and writes. In turn, the author's literary creation gives new meaning to these places, from the tales of early explorers to fictionalized landmarks to the vibrant urban settings of Canadian literature.

This virtual exhibition takes you on a literary tour of Canada by highlighting inspirational and imagined sites that depict a resonant topography of words and ideas. Featuring original manuscript material and never-before-seen photographs from the Library and Archives Canada collection, the website tells the story of our cities and landscapes through the voices of prominent authors who have shaped Canada's literary culture.

Bon voyage!


Library and Archives Canada (LAC) extends a special thanks to the authors of the various essays and academics who lent their expertise to this project.

The contributions of many LAC staff were instrumental in the success of this project, and their efforts are much appreciated.

We also gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the Department of Canadian Heritage, whose financial assistance through the Canadian Culture Online Program made this work possible.