About the Archives

Saanich Archives is currently open for in-person research by appointment only. We also welcome inquiries by phone or email.  Email archives@saanich.ca , or call 250-475-5494 ex. 3478 for more information.

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 to researchers by appointment only, Monday to Friday, between 10:00 am and  2:00 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).

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

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.