Vancouver’s History Resources

Discover Vancouver's diverse history

Explore Vancouver’s rich history through a variety of mediums. VHF has compiled a list of resources that can be used as a starting point for learning more about the historical context of our city’s heritage buildings and sites. Read about the multicultural history of early residents, learn traditional place names for familiar sites, browse the archives for historical photos, or tour the city’s past by foot or mouse click.


RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHING VANCOUVER’S HISTORY1036-salsbury-jj-miller-house

HISTORICAL CHRONOLOGIES & NARRATIVES

HISTORICAL BLOGS

MORE RESOURCES can be found at the Vancouver Public Library. You can search for books through the VPL catalogue or use their handy Subject Guides which suggest books based on the subject you are interested in. VHF also offers a selection of books and resources about Vancouver’s history. Check out VHF’s Reading Room.


HISTORICAL PHOTOS & VIDEOS


VIRTUAL MAPS & APPSfirst-shaughnessy-map


TOURS & MUSEUMS

GUIDED TOURSYouth Hostel Bike Hike CVA 586 1943 edit

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

FOR MORE heritage experiences and a list of museums, visit Time Travel BC or Hello BC.


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RESEARCHING HERITAGE BUILDINGSmt-pleasant-houses-1906

Interested in researching the history of a specific heritage building? See our guide to researching heritage buildings. VHF also offers regular workshops and talks about researching heritage buildings.

HERITAGE LINKS

For more on heritage organizations in Vancouver and heritage conservation, visit our Heritage Organization Links page.