The Archives has a photographic collection of thousands of images from a wide variety of sources.

Search Photographs

Many photographs have been scanned and are searchable via the Archives' Online Search. Please note that these images represent only a small part of what the Archives has. The scanning of photos is ongoing and more will be added to the site over time.

Digital copies of most of our photographs can be purchased (see the "Image Reproduction" section below).

View Photo Galleries

The Archives regularly displays photographs from its collection on the main floor of City Hall. You can view online galleries of these displays.

Image Reproduction

High quality digital reproductions of photographs and documents are available for purchase through the Archives. Please note that digital reproductions are provided for personal research and enjoyment only. If you want to use an image for some other purpose, please see the “Use of Images” section below. 

To order a digital reproduction, you’ll need an image number (such as “M00123” or “198608-03-1781” or “PR 73-4950”). If you don’t have the image number, please contact us.

Orders can be placed via mail, fax, or email by completing and returning our Image Reproduction Order Form below. Once we receive your request, we’ll contact you regarding payment details. Please note that the turn-around time for photo orders is 5-10 business days, depending on workload. Digital reproduction prices are $10.00 per file not including taxes. All orders must be pre-paid.

*View Image Reproduction Order Form [PDF - 668 KB]

Use of Images

Archives images are free to use for personal research and enjoyment.

Images are also free to use for a variety of non-commercial purposes; however, you do need to obtain permission from the Archives in advance.

Commercial uses also require permission and licensing fees will apply. Please familiarize yourself with our Licensing Fee Schedule [PDF - 69 KB].

To apply for permission to use an Archives image for either non-commercial or commercial purposes, please complete and return the Application for Permission and Licensing Agreement below in advance of your project (see sample form [PDF - 532 KB]). Once your application has been received you’ll receive written confirmation of approval. You’ll also be notified of any applicable licensing fees, which must be paid before images can be used.

The City of Victoria Archives’ licensing fees and agreement are governed by bylaw 04-057 [PDF - 119 KB], as amended by bylaws 05-087 [PDF - 10 KB] and 16-060 [PDF - 150 KB].

Please email us at if you have any questions.

*View Application for Permission and Licensing Agreement [PDF - 588 KB]

Image above: Cyclists and photographer in Beacon Hill Park, stereoscopic view by Richard Maynard, 1897 [CVA M07139]