About the Archives

The West Vancouver Archives is part of the District of West Vancouver's records and information management program, in the Legislative Services department.

Government records

We preserve government records in order to meet the District’s legal and administrative requirements; to promote the transparency and accountability of government; and to provide historical evidence of the relationship of the municipal government to the community, the environment, and many issues of public importance.

Community records

The Archives’ holdings also include records donated by the community, such as historical photographs, diaries, newspapers, maps and plans, correspondence, and manuscripts that document the social life and development of West Vancouver.

Historical Content Advisory

Records held by the West Vancouver Archives reflect the language and attitudes of the historical period in which they were created. Some materials include language or images that are racist, sexist, ableist, homophobic, or otherwise offensive and discriminatory. Many of these terms and attitudes are unacceptable today.

Though upsetting, original archival records will not be altered. In order to function as historical evidence for the attitudes and viewpoints of the past, it is necessary to retain historical language. West Vancouver Archives provides additional descriptive information to place records in their proper context.

This is an ongoing process. If you see records with inappropriate language or content, please contact West Vancouver Archives at [email protected]. Please include the archival reference number or the permalink to the record.

Search our Holdings

Search for records or browse our digital collections.

Donate Your Records

We acquire and preserve records of West Vancouver businesses, organizations, and individuals.