Located at 3203 Institute Road, the Archives of North Vancouver is open to all. Explore North Vancouver and its people through archival collections, research and exhibits.
Book Your Research Time
Public Access to the Archives’ Reading Room is now by appointment only. Please note that the Archives will be closed for the holidays from December 24, 2022 to January 2, 2023.
Booking also required to visit the exhibit THROUGH THE LENS OF JACK CASH, 1939-1970.
- 2-hr appointments Monday, Tuesday & Thursday (1-3pm)
- 4-hr appointment on Wednesday (11-3pm)
Reference services are available in our Reading Room. COVID-19 protocols are in place. Face masks are optional; please respect the choices of others.
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 email@example.com / 604-990-3700-8012 to discuss your research question prior to booking an appointment.
Researchers may contact Archives staff to fulfill research requests by phone and internet. Appointments to visit the Archives can be made using the booking calendar or by contacting the archives. COVID-19 protocols are in place. Face masks are optional; please respect the choices of others.
In response to frequent requests, we create Research Guides. These step-by-step guides will support your discovery of information before you visit the Archives of North Vancouver. Many of the steps can be completed online using your own internet-enabled device.
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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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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