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58 maps; 45 figures; 73 tables; 132 photos, 8" x 10"



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The Regional Geography of Canada

Seventh Edition

Robert M. Bone

This extensively revised and updated edition is the most thorough and relevant introduction to Canadian regional geography available. Identifying and exploring Canada's six regions - Atlantic Canada, Québec, Ontario, Western Canada, British Columbia, and the Territorial North - author Robert Bone guides students through the basic physical, historical, cultural, social, and economic features of each region, nurturing an appreciation of this country's amazing diversity.

Readership : The Regional Geography of Canada is intended for use in regional geography courses offered out of geography departments across Canada at the first-, second-, or third-year level.


  • "It is a clear and well-structured text. . . . It is well ordered and follows a logical format whereby students can apply the theory learned to specific regions."
    --Andrew Egan, Langara College

  • "This text is well-organized and highly readable for students. Theories are explained and contextualized with their relevance to Canadian regions made clear."
    --Michelle Stairs, Brock University

Note: Each chapter includes:
- Introduction
- Chapter overview
- Summary
- Challenge questions
- Essay questions NEW
- Further reading
1. Regions of Canada
Geography as a Discipline
Regional Geography
Canada's Geographic Regions
Geography of Political Power
Sense of Place
Faultlines within Canada
The Core/Periphery Theory
2. Canada's Physical Base
Physical Variations within Canada
The Nature of Landforms
Physiographic Regions
Geographic Location
Climate Change and Global Warming
Major Drainage Basins
Canada and Pollution
3. Canada's Historical Geography
The First People
The Second People
The Third People
The Territorial Evolution of Canada
Faultlines in Canada's Early Years
The Centralist/Decentralist Faultline
The Indigenous/Non-Indigenous Faultline
The Immigration Faultline
The French/English Faultline
4. Canada's Human Face NEW
Canada's Population
Urban Population
Canada's Aging Population
The Ups and Downs of Indigenous Population
Canada's Changing Culture
5. Canada's Economic Face NEW
Canada's Economies
Canada's Future Economic Face
The National Policy and the Birth of an Industrial Core
Globalization and the Stages of Economic Growth Model
The Super Cycle Theory
Trade Agreements
Manufacturing: Alive or Dead?
The Wave of the Future: The Knowledge-Based Economy
Regional Economies
6. Ontario
Ontario within Canada
Ontario's Physical Geography
Environmental Challenges
Ontario's Historical Geography
Ontario Today
Technical Spearheads
Ontario's Economic Anchor: The Automobile Industry
Ontario's Core
Ontario's Hinterland: Northern Ontario
Indigenous Communities in Northern Ontario
7. Québec
Québec's Place within Canada
Québec's Culture, Identity, and Language
Québec's Physical Geography
Environmental Challenges
Québec's Historical Geography
Québec Today
Technical Spearheads
Québec's Economic Anchor: Hydro-Québec
Québec's Core
Québec's Northern Hinterland
8. Western Canada
Western Canada within Canada
Western Canada's Population
Western Canada's Physical Geography
Environmental Challenges
Western Canada's Historical Geography
Western Canada Today
Technical Spearheads
Western Canada's Economic Anchor: Agriculture
Western Canada's Resource Base
Western Canada's Urban Core
9. British Columbia
British Columbia within Canada
British Columbia's Physical Geography
Environmental Challenges
British Columbia's Historical Geography
British Columbia Today
Technical Spearheads
British Columbia's Economic Anchor: Forestry
Mining, Energy, and Fisheries
British Columbia's Urban Core
10. Atlantic Canada
Atlantic Canada within Canada
Atlantic Canada's Population
Atlantic Canada's Physical Geography
Environmental Challenges/Disasters
Atlantic Canada's Historical Geography
Atlantic Canada Today
Technical Spearheads
Atlantic Canada's Economic Anchor: The Fishing Industry
Atlantic Canada's Resource Wealth
Atlantic Canada's Core
11. The Territorial North
The Territorial North within Canada and the World
Physical Geography of the Territorial North
Environmental Challenge: Climate Change
Historical Geography of the Territorial North
The Territorial North Today
Economic Spearheads
Frontier Vision of Development in the Territorial North
The Territorial North's Economic Anchor: Megaprojects
12. Canada: A Country of Regions within a Global Economy
Regional Character and Structure
Urban Canada and the Advanced Economy
Canada's Faultlines
Canada and the Global Economy
The Future

Instructor Manual:
For each chapter:
- Chapter overview
- Learning objectives
- Key concepts
- Concepts for discussion or debate
- Teaching aids
Test Bank:
For each chapter:
- 40-45 multiple choice questions
- 25-30 true-or-false questions
- 10-15 short answer questions
- 5 essay questions
- Answer key
PowerPoint slides:
For each chapter:
- 20-30 lecture slides
Image Bank:
- Photos, figures, and tables from the text
Student Study Guide:
- Chapter overview
- Learning objectives
- Challenge questions
- Key terms
E-Book ISBN 9780199021345

Robert M. Bone is professor emeritus at the University of Saskatchewan. In addition to successfully authoring seven editions of The Regional Geography of Canada, Bob has also authored five editions of The Canadian North.

Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences - Iain Hay and Philip Giles
Making Sense in Geography and Environmental Sciences - Margot Northey, Dianne Draper and David B. Knight
The Canadian North - Robert M. Bone
Canada - Brett McGillivray

Special Features

  • Engaging and straightforward tone helps both geography majors and non-majors alike understand key concepts.
  • Refined over seven editions, this comprehensive text has successfully introduced Canadian geography to students across the country for nearly 20 years.
  • Balanced account of physical and human geography, combined with an in-depth examination of all six regions, makes this the most thorough introduction to Canadian regional geography available.
  • Focus on economic issues and industries of importance to each region offers students a greater understanding of each region's economy and its national and global impact.
  • Exploration of social and political tensions along key Canadian social and political faultlines - French/English, Indigenous/non-Indigenous, centralist/decentralist, and newcomers/old timers - helps students understand the background behind the nation's central issues.
  • Discussions of Canada's place in the world throughout helps students locate Canada in a global context and understand globalization's impact on Canadians.
  • Think About It questions prompt students to engage in critical analysis of the material and relate concepts to their own lives.
  • Contested Terrain boxes highlight varying perspectives on controversial issues in the regional geography of Canada, asking students to think critically about key debates across the country.
  • Cross-chapter references encourage students to make connections across the regions.
New to this Edition
  • New chapter on the Canadian economy explores the national and global economic forces that have shaped Canada's regions. (Ch. 5)
  • More on Canada's human and cultural geography, including new material on Indigenous peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and on immigrants and refugees.
  • Up-to-date coverage of current and relevant events - including climate change and global warming (Ch. 2), the Indigenous/non-Indigenous faultline (Ch. 3), and the possible future of trade under a Trump presidency - that continue to shape the country and its regions.
  • New and updated Contested Terrain boxes on topics such as CETA and Canada's dairy industry (Ch. 1), the absence of Indigenous fathers (Ch. 4), pipeline ruptures (Ch. 8), and global warming and Arctic tourism (Ch. 11).
  • New and updated Vignette boxes throughout draw attention to key issues such as the federal government and Indigenous peoples (Ch. 3), the political consequences of demography (Ch. 7), and resource-sharing with the Northwest Territories (Ch. 11).
  • New end-of-chapter essay questions - including a list of resources - guide students in further research and invite them to think critically about important issues that have been introduced.
  • The latest data and research ensures that students have access to the most current information available.