Continuing the Park System Visualization Experiment: Ontario Parks in Timeline Form

Jessica M. DeWitt: Editing and Consulting

Back in February I explained how I am using interactive timelines to more easily analyze the develop of state and provincial park systems in the United States and Canada. In “Visualizing a Park System: Creating an Interactive Timeline,” I explained how I developed a label/colour system (see below) and mapped the development of Pennsylvania’s state park system temporally.

Timeline Categories

At the time I was interested to see how this method would work for my other three park system case studies: Ontario, Idaho, and Alberta. I am currently halfway through creating a timeline for Ontario. I am finding the task to be more difficult for Ontario than it was for Pennsylvania for three main reasons:

  1. Ontario has over 250 provincial parks, over one hundred more than Pennsylvania.
  2. Background information on individual Ontario parks is harder to find, particularly for those in the nature reserve and natural environment classes. (Does this…

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