Heartland and Hinterland: A Geography of Canada


500 pages
Contains Illustrations, Index
ISBN 0-13-385146-X




Edited by L.D. McCann
Reviewed by Susan Perks

Susan Perks, formerly a teacher and librarian, is a travel agent in
Thompson, Manitoba.


This is an interpretation of Canada’s regional geography from the perspective of hinterland and heartland. Using this perspective as a framework for regional analysis, several themes introduced in the first chapter are expanded upon throughout the book: the contrasting landscapes; the heartland-hinterland interrelationship; the special roles of metropolitan centres; and the evolving pattern of heartland and hinterland. The book is divided into four parts: 1) Introduction; 2) Heartland regions; 3) Hinterland regions; 4) Conclusion. Parts 2 and 3 are further subdivided, and a very thorough index is included.

This book gives an excellent account of the evolving pattern of the heartland-hinterland concept. The conclusion discusses regional sentiment and how this is related to the future course of Canadian development. In fact, the conclusion by itself makes interesting reading on the shaping of Canada’s regional character.

This book seems to be suitable for a university-level course. However, some senior high school libraries may wish to purchase a copy for use by students as well as teachers.


“Heartland and Hinterland: A Geography of Canada,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 16, 2024, https://cbra.library.utoronto.ca/items/show/38885.