About the Archives

Due to COVID-19, Saanich Archives is closed to in-person visits until further notice. We welcome inquiries by phone or email.

Learn about the Archives in this virtual tour [PDF - 3 MB].

Location & Hours

You'll find us inside the Saanich Centennial Library next to Pearkes Recreation Centre at 3100 Tillicum Road. Inside the library, follow signs to the Archives.

Saanich Archives Reference Room

We are wheelchair accessible.

Free parking next to Pearkes Recreation Centre.

Open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m

(Closed Statutory Holidays)

Reference Room

Browse our reference materials:

  • books on B.C. history
  • resident and subject files
  • copies of photos and maps
  • directories
  • oral history interviews
  • changing exhibits

We are here to answer questions and help with your research.

Search finding aids for access to the original archival records, which are stored on-site in a climate controlled vault. Explore our collections and research guides ahead of time to get the most out of your visit.

Please note that we don’t allow food or drink in the Archives.

Researchers are welcome to use cameras (some restrictions apply).

Donating to Saanich Archives

We gratefully accept donations relating to the history of the District of Saanich. We’re interested in:

  • photographs and albums
  • correspondence, diaries and other family documents
  • maps and plans
  • financial and legal records
  • records of Saanich businesses and organizations
  • oral history interviews

We encourage donations of historical material from members of underrepresented communities.

Please call or email in advance to discuss your items and how they might fit within our collection.

New to Archives?

Drop in for a tour any Wednesday at 10 a.m. Tours take about 30 minutes and give an overview of our reference material and archival collections. No need to register. Call 250-475-1775 ext. 3477 for details.

Test your research skills and learn about Saanich Archives resources [PDF - 132 KB]

Group Visits

We invite community groups to visit us inside the Saanich Centennial Library.

Learn more about group bookings [PDF - 429 KB]