Local History

Explore West Vancouver's fascinating history. Find out more about your neighbourhood, your house and your family with these resources.

Library Databases


The Library's special collection of historical photos and digital artifacts dating from 1900 to the late 1980s. Colour and black & white photographs, audio visual materials and History-onics, the newsletter of the West Vancouver Historical Society are included. An excellent resource. 

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Know BC is home to this Encyclopedia which features articles, photographs, statistics, chats and maps about BC past and present.

West Vancouver History Index

An index to newspaper articles, clippings, articles, books, with a focus on West Vancouver. To view full text, you must come to the library.

On the Shelf

History of West Vancouver: A Booklist

A list for those interested in local history who are looking for the best books about the history of the District of West Vancouver.

Names, Geographical -- British Columbia -- West Vancouver

Where did the name "Caulfeild" come from? Find this and other West Vancouver place names.

West Vancouver (B.C.) -- History

Biographies of early residents and other stories from West Van's history.

On the Web

North Shore Heritage Preservation Society

Provides information about preserving heritage buildings on the North Shore. Also includes a guide to doing house history research and links to other heritage websites.

North Shore News

The North Shore's community newspaper.

North Vancouver Museum & Archives

Explore North Vancouver's heritage through their historical thematic web tours, programs, exhibitions and digital online collections.

West Vancouver Archives

Search or sift through West Vancouver's documentary heritage including public records created by the Municipal Government and private records which document the lives and experiences of residents, businesses, and community organizations in West Vancouver's past.

West Vancouver Heritage

The District's heritage page has information on National Historic Sites, heritage properties and more.

West Vancouver Historical Society

The West Vancouver Historical Society is a nonprofit, public service organization interested in enjoying, celebrating and preserving the history of West Vancouver.

West Vancouver Museum

Check out the museum's latest exhibition, browse through the museum's digital collection, and read about the history of West Vancouver and its people.