Qualicum Beach Museum Archives

Archive Treasures

The Archives store a treasure trove of the community’s memories that help to tell our history, acting as a repository for community records that document social, economic, political, and geographical developments in the area. The Archives’ purpose is to identify, acquire, and preserve these archival records for the people of Qualicum Beach and the surrounding area, and to make those records accessible to the public.

Our holdings include numerous documents from individuals, groups, organizations, societies, local government, and businesses in the form of photographs, correspondence, reports, maps, architectural plans and drawings, family histories, diaries, business records, publications, and audio/visual materials. The Archives’ contents range from the late 1880s to present times.

Using the Archives

Archival records are considered original primary source material and are irreplaceable. Therefore, we use and care for items in an archive differently than we would in a library. For the preservation and security of these irreplaceable documents, archival material cannot be borrowed and must be used in a supervised reading room. Researchers include genealogists, students, educators, writers, reporters, and people who are just curious about history. Everyone who handles archival documents shares responsibility for their care. Everyone using the Archives is expected to follow practices that will help ensure that the documents are available to future researchers.

Our Photo Services


The Archives asks a fee of $15.00 per EACH image used. Archival material cannot be borrowed and must be viewed on site. Thank you for your cooperation.

Please contact the Museum for an appointment:

(250) 752-5533

Packaging and Delivery Costs

For mail orders, a $5.00 shipping and handling charge will be applied to the total order. There will be an additional fee for rush orders.

Response Time

Our volunteer archivists make every effort to respond to research and reproduction requests within 30 days of receipt of your request. Please be aware, however, that staff levels and workloads fluctuate, affecting our response time.
Please call first to set up an appointment.

Other Services

Research $30 per hour (first hour is free)
Digital Images: High-resolution scans are $15.00 per image.

Commercial Use


Permission is required from the Curator/Manager to reproduce material from the Qualicum Beach Archives collection for Commercial Use. In the case where a reproduction is intended for use in a commercial setting, such as in books, movies, websites or a commercial presentation, a commercial fee will apply in addition to the reproduction fee. Commercial Use of archival material is for one time only.

Each photograph used in a publication must credit Qualicum Beach Museum. The QB Archives collects and maintains historical photographs dating back to the late 1900s. If you require some Archival photos, please make an appointment ahead of time.