The Esquimalt Municipal Archives provides a safe, permanent, and accessible home for records of historical and legal value for both the municipality and the community. 

COVID-19 information

  • The archives are open to the public one day per week—Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • For further information, please contact Jessica Nichol [Archivist/Records Coordinator] at 250-414-7177 or email at 


  • Collects, preserves, and makes available to the public, archival material pertaining to Esquimalt from the earliest times to the present and within the current and historical boundaries of Esquimalt.
  • Promotes public awareness and understanding of Esquimalt’s rich heritage
  • Records current events and acquires present day information.


The Archives’ permanent collection includes:

  • Local government records (i.e. inactive and historically valuable records of the Corporation of the Township of Esquimalt)
  • Graphic records (e.g. photographs, slides, drawings, prints, maps, and plans)
  • Manuscripts (e.g. letters, diaries, oral histories, business records, and family papers)
  • Library collection, including books and journals on topics of local historical interest
  • Vertical files (i.e. newspaper clippings, notes, and biographical files)

For information about donating historical materials, please contact the Archives.

Plan a visit

Space is available for on-site research during the Archives' public hours. Materials may not be removed from the archives; however, copies of unrestricted material may be ordered through the archives at a reasonable cost. 

Please phone or email the Archives to request records in advance of your visit 

Public Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. 
Tel: 250-412-8540
Email: [email protected]


The Esquimalt Municipal Archives is a member of the Archives Association of British Columbia and the Hallmark Heritage Society.