A Place of Learning and Storytelling
MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver (3203 Institute Road) invites the North Shore community to discover their shared history by visiting our beautiful heritage building in Lynn Valley. Located in the former Fourth Lynn Valley School, which was renovated in 2005, the Archives continues to unite our community as a place of life-long learning and storytelling.
The state-of-the-art storage facility, welcoming reference room and commemorative outdoor plaza are a destination for visitors interested in knowing more about the diversity and determination of our early communities. Dive into the danger of mountaineering, uncover the secrets of an intelligence office in WW1 or sing along with logging camp culture. The Archives has it all!
Repository for Historical Records
As the designated repository for historical records of both the City and District of North Vancouver, our professional staff provides residents and visitors with easy access to fire insurance maps, city clerk correspondence, and real estate genealogy.
In addition to public records of municipal governance, the Archives acquires and preserves the private records of North Shore individuals and businesses, as well as records of associations and societies. We also have a growing collection of oral histories, which reveal the recollections of individuals who live and contribute to the vibrant community of North Vancouver.
The Archives preserves more than 50,000 archival records, including photographs, ship plans, maps, diaries, drawings, films and videos. We are committed to making our archival collections as accessible as possible through an ongoing digitization program.
As physical materials are digitized, the Archives staff uploads digital photographs, maps, letters etc. into our online database, which is available 24-hours a day on the MONOVA website. The database makes it easy for anyone to start their historical search online from the comfort of home or on-the-go.
Exhibition and Outreach Program
In response to our ever-changing world, the Archives remains engaged with contemporary issues through an active exhibition and outreach program. New physical exhibits and online interactive exhibits are presented throughout the year.
Our exhibits and programs expose audiences to newly acquired archival materials and, through partnerships with local schools and organizations, we introduce new perspectives about our shared identity, history and place.
Located at 3203 Institute Road, the Archives of North Vancouver is open to all.
Bring Stories To Life.
We rely on donations to acquire and preserve North Vancouver’s private records and present contemporary issues through an active exhibitions and outreach programs. Your gift will help MONOVA share this rich and vibrant history.
Donate today through the Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society, Registered Charity No. 89031 1772 RR0001
We respectfully acknowledge that MONOVA: Museum and Archives of North Vancouver is located on the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, whose ancestors have lived here for countless generations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work and learn with them on unceded Coast Salish Territory.