Coming off of the popularity of the 1935 Commemorative Dollar was Canada's first standard circulating dollar coin. The same reverse design was used from 1935 and an effigy of George V used for an obverse makes the 1936 dollars look similar to 1935 dollars.
The obverse, designed by Sir E.B. MacKennal, features the bust of monarch George V facing left. On the outer periphery is the latin phrase "GEORGIVS V DEI GRA REX ET IND IMP" (GEORGE V BY THE GRACE OF GOD KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA).
The reverse, designed & engraved by Emanuel Hahn, features an Indian and traveler (voyager) in a canoe paddling past a small inlet with pine trees and rays behind the inlet to represent the northern lights. There is cargo inside of the canoe and the bundle to the right (closest to the Indian) has the initials “HB” which represented the Hudson Bay Company. Just below the right of the canoe are the designer’s initials “EH”. On the outer periphery is the denomination “DOLLAR” and the word “CANADA”.
Coins were saved in large quantities and are readily available.