We hold records relating to the development and operation of the colonial governments in what is now the province of British Columbia. These records date before 1871, when the united Colony of British Columbia joined confederation. They include correspondence and letter books for the governments of the Colony of Vancouver Island (1849), the Colony of British Columbia (1858), the united Colony of British Columbia (1866) and colonial institutions such as the Hudson’s Bay Company.
We’ve developed a research guide for some of our frequently requested colonial records:
GR-1372: Colonial Correspondence: