Plan A Visit

Hours of Operation

*The Archives reading room is closed until further notice*
*We remain available for references services by phone and email*


The Archives' reading room is located at 8 Centennial Square.

Reference Services

The Archives preserves older City of Victoria government records, as well as records of Victoria's businesses, organizations, and people. Access is provided free of charge and no appointment is needed. Archives staff are available to guide researchers to the various sources and to assist them in understanding and using the finding aids and the records.

Please note that City government records maintained by the Archives are subject to Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation and restrictions may apply.

Before you visit, we recommend doing some planning to make the most of your time at the Archives. For example, you may want to review our online reference guides to get a better idea of the kinds of records and resources we have on commonly researched topics:

You can also search descriptions of records in the Archives through the Archives' Online Search. View our introduction to searching [PDF - 1.4 MB] or watch our introductory video:

If you find something of interest, note down the reference number and bring it with you to the Archives. Staff will be able to help you access the original records in our reference room.

If you can't visit the Archives...

The Archives will respond to enquiries by mail, phone, fax, and email. Although resources limit the amount of research we can do for you, we will try to provide basic answers and information regarding research tools and sources. We also encourage you to explore the Archives' Online Search, which has descriptions of records in our collection, as well as thousands of scanned photographs.

Copying Archival Material


Photocopies of many of the records may be obtained, but some records are subject to conservation, copyright, and legal restrictions. Copies are made by staff and are available as quickly as time allows.

Photocopies are $0.25 per letter/legal page and $0.50 for 11x17" pages.

Self-serve Digital Copying

Researchers may take digital, photographic copies of archival material under the following conditions:

Non-restricted material may be copied for personal use upon verbal agreement of the Archivist as long as it is properly handled and identified as City of Victoria property.

Time limits or copy limits may on occasion be required to ensure that the Reference Room remains quiet and comfortable for all researchers.

Appointments during off hours may be made to accommodate special needs.

For further information, please email the Archives.

Photograph Reproductions

High quality prints of photographs and documents are available for purchase through the Archives. Please see our Photographs page for more information.


Image above: Front door of 613 Pandora Avenue which housed the Parks Department office, City Archives, and Greater Victoria Celebration Association, ca. 1974-1976 [CVA M09247]