All-time Greatest Covers

Our poll reveals readers’ favourite covers from The Beaver and Canada’s History.

Posted September 14, 2020

It’s been said that you can’t judge a book by its cover. But, judging from these cover selections, readers of The Beaver, now Canada’s History magazine, feel a strong affinity for traditional images and themes associated with the Hudson’s Bay Company.

To mark the centennial of the magazine, we asked readers to help to select the greatest covers of the past century. After several weeks of online voting, the winner is the November 1921 issue.

That issue’s cover features an illustration, titled Unloaded!, of a hunter holding a red HBC point blanket as a pair of deer bound away to safety. Counting down, here are your picks for the top twenty-five covers of all time.


September 1932


April-May 2018


December 1937


Winter 1956


Spring 1964


December-January 2001-2002


October-November 1998


Spring 1975


Winter 1980


October-November 2009


March 1954


Autumn 1955


Spring 1977

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April-May 1990


March 1928


Summer 1968


March 1945


April-May 2014


June-July 1995


March 1923


June-July 1988


December 1941


Autumn 1961


October-November 2008


November 1921

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This article originally appeared in the October-November 2020 issue of Canada’s History.

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