Archives

Located at 3203 Institute Road, the Archives of North Vancouver is open to all, offering exhibits, reference services and space to enjoy in our reading room. Our research and collections are available to engage, strengthen and inspire our community by exploring the past, present and future of North Vancouver and its people.

Book Your Research Time

Public Access to the Archives’ Reading Room is now by appointment only.

  • 2-hr appointments Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (1-3pm)
  • 4-hr appointment on Wednesday (11-3pm)

NOTE: The Reading Room is closed until November. Please use the calendar below to book November time slots.

Reference services available in our Reading Room are operating at a modified capacity and under different protocols for accessing records from our holdings.

To maximize your appointment time, please follow instructions below:

Step One: Be specific and start your search with the online archives database.

Step Two: Include the Inventory # and Title of the resource you wish to consult during your appointment in the form below. These materials will be ready for you at the time of your visit.

Step Three: If you do not know which resources you would like to consult, please contact the Archives team archives@monova.ca / 604-990-3700-8012 to discuss your research question prior to booking an appointment.

Currently, archival materials require 3 days quarantine after use. Therefore, the materials you are requesting may not be available until a later date.

NOTE: The Reading Room is closed until November. Please use the calendar below to book November time slots.

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Covid Update

The Archives has modified its services. Researchers to contact Archives staff to fulfill research requests by phone and internet. Appointments can be made on a limited basis.

Archives Online

Can’t wait? Start your research now by visiting the Archives Database . The database provides access to thousands of historical records, including archival photographs, maps and other materials that have been digitized.

Guides

In response to frequent requests at the Archives, we have created a new research guide – Researching Homes. This step-by-step guide will support your discovery of information about property in North Vancouver before you come into the Archives. Many of the steps can be completed online using your own internet-enabled device.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, two women wear faces masks while studying research material at the Archives of North Vancouver.

Major Collections

 man wearing an early 1900's suit and bowler hat stands in front of a huge ship's propeller at the shipyards in North Vancouver.

Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc image from the Archives of North Vancouver collection.

Burrard Dry Dock

From sea to sky, our holdings reveal diverse experiences of working and living on the North Shore. Start your adventure on the waterfront with the archival records of the Versatile Pacific Shipyards Inc. (Burrard Dry Dock). We have hundreds of ships & shipyard plans, company newsletters and amazing photographs.

Woman hiker with rucksack stands on a ridge and looks out at the majestic mountain range in the background.

Archival records of the BC Mountaineering Club and Alpine Club of Canada.

BC Mountaineering Club

Climb higher and explore the North Shore Mountains from the comfort of our reading room. We preserve the BC Mountaineering Club records, as well as those of the Alpine Club of Canada (Vancouver Section). Discover first person accounts of ascents, original trail maps, log books, and breathtaking photographs.

Reproduction Services

The Archives of North Vancouver provides photocopies and digital image files, as well as digital copies of our audio and moving images materials. These services are available for materials not restricted by copyright, privacy, or preservation concerns.

Please note: Photographs taken prior to January 1, 1949 are in ‘the public domain’ and do not have copyright restrictions. In many cases, the Archives holds the copyright and can grant permission for use to researchers. If copyright is not owned by a third party, under the terms of the Copyright Act, it is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain authorization of use from the copyright holder.

Archives Reproduction Fees:

Photocopies

  • B&W $0.25 per page; Colour $0.50 per page (Letter or Legal size)
  • B&W $0.50 per page; Colour $1.00 per page (Tabloid size)

Payment: Pay by cash or credit card.
For more information: Please contact the Archives at 604.990.3700 ext. 8012 or Archives@monova.ca.

Scans/Copies

  • Standard scanned photographs $20.00 (600dpi @ 8″x10″)
  • Custom order scan of photographs, maps and plans $30.00
  • Standard copy of digital film, video or audio $20.00
  • Custom order digital copy of moving image film and audio reels (contact Archives@monova.ca for quote)

How to find us

Plan your journey. Our building in Lynn Valley is accessible via public transit, car or bicycle.

There is limited visitor car parking in front of the building, including a dedicated parking space for disabled visitors. A secure bike rack is provided, although bicycles are left at your own risk.

The Archives is located on the second floor and is accessible by both elevator and stairs.

Location

3203 Institute Road
North Vancouver, BC  V7K 3E5

Contact

Tel: 604-990-3700
Email: archives@monova.ca

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