Victoria's History now online 

The history of BC's Capital City is now accessible to you online.

The new City of Victoria Archives Online Search is a searchable database containing over 10-thousand digitized archival photos and records. 

For the past 50 years, the City of Victoria Archives has been the caretaker of these unique records.

Now through the Archives Online Search, these stories are even easier to locate - they include:

  • Soldiers marching off to war and soldiers digging trenches in Beacon Hill Park as part of a training exercise prior to deployment in World War I
  • A collection from prolific photographer H.U. Knight including candid photos of Emily Carr in her studio in 1934. Knight was also known for his "camera sketch" style of photography
  • Pulling up wooden paving blocks on Yates Street in 1947
  • A large collection from local photographer W.E. John, known for his quirky and candid shots of people living their lives throughout the city, particularly in the 1960's. His collection notably includes photographs from a "love-in" held in Beacon Hill Park in 1967.

Additional records will be added to the site over the coming months as part of the final phase of this initiative, including descriptions of documents such as City reports, maps, plans and news clippings that are held in the Archives Reading Room. 

To access the Archives Online Search and for more information on the City of Victoria Archives click here: 

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