The _viHistory_ website is a teaching, learning and research tool. It’s concerned principally with the history of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, but is also a vehicle for exploring broader themes in Canadian history during the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries.

Map of Vancouver Island

Our searchable database comprises nearly 200,000 records. It includes nominal census records for indigenous and settler communities on Vancouver Island from 1871 to 1901, plus nominal records from the 1911 census of Canada for Alberni and Port Alberni and the City of Victoria. Other records on this website include directory listings and property tax assessment records for Nanaimo and Victoria (1881-1901); an inventory of Victoria building permits (1877-1921); and a record of street name changes in Victoria (1900-1914).

This project commenced in 2003 as a joint venture by Vancouver Island University external and the University of Victoria external. The viHistory website is now maintained by the Humanities Media and Computing Centre at the University of Victoria.

This website is edited by Patrick A. Dunae.

Revised October 2021.