Vancouver Island 1891 Census

Census Districts   Map

In the 1891 census of Canada, Vancouver Island was enumerated in two large census districts: District No. 3 (Vancouver) and District No. 4 (Victoria). Vancouver (District No. 3) took in all of Vancouver Island north of Victoria District and adjacent Gulf Islands. District No. 4 consisted of the City of Victoria, Victoria district (i. e. Oak Bay, Saanich and Lake district), Esquimalt district and Metchosin district.

The boundaries of the two principal enumeration districts (Nos. 3 &4) corresponded with federal electoral districts. The electoral districts were sub-divided into polling divisions, which served as census sub-districts in 1891.

The definitions of the census sub-districts are taken from the records of the Chief Census Officer for British Columbia. The names of enumerators are taken from census schedules and from official government reports published in the Canada Sessional Papers.

Vancouver (District No. 3) — consisted of 23 sub-districts. In the 1891 census, the population of the district was 18,208.

Victoria (District No. 4) — consisted of 13 sub-districts. In the 1891 census, the population of the district was 17,998.

You can also view census districts on an interactive page.