Resources for Researchers

Whether you're researching the history of your house, your neighbourhood, your family, or the development of the municipality, we have a variety of tools to assist you.

Requesting Records and Information

We respond to inquiries by phone, email, and in person during our weekly public hours. Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to undertake research on your behalf, but we can:

  • Provide advice on possible archival sources
  • Show you how to use our online search tools and guides.

Our holdings are described in our online Archives Search. Save time by identifying the materials you would like to view before you visit. While some of our records have been scanned and are available through this website, due to the extent of our holdings, the majority of materials must be accessed in person in the Archives, or by purchasing a copy.

Using Original Records

The materials in our holdings are typically unique, irreplaceable, and often very fragile. We ask all researchers to follow our research room guidelines in order to ensure their long-term preservation. You'll need to complete an Archives Researcher Registration Form when you visit and agree to these regulations.

Research Guides

Are you new to historical research? Our Archival Research Guide provides information on archival terminology, searching, and citation of original sources.

Do you want to know when your house was built or who its original owners were? Our House Research Guide will help you discover the story behind your home.

Destinations Timewalk

Destinations Time Walk is a set of online walking tours, linking significant places in West Vancouver to historical and contemporary images of the landscape and architecture.

Search Our Holdings

Search for records or browse our digital collections.

Order copies

You've found the records you need. Here's what you need to know about downloading them from our website or purchasing copies.