You are visiting the View Royal Archives' online repository. We are a heritage initiative ensuring that information valuable to the community is collected, preserved and made accessible to the public. Virtually explore documents, images and descriptions from our collections. Material will continue to be digitized and added to the site.
The Town of View Royal is located on southern Vancouver Island, approximately six kilometers west of Victoria, British Columbia in the Capital Regional District. We would like to acknowledge that we live within the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and that their historic connections to these lands continue to this day.
Incorporated in 1988, View Royal is a young town that invites you step back in time. Its documented history begins in the 1850s when the Hudson’s Bay Company lured settlers to the area with offers of agricultural estates. The Town is home to such landmarks as the Four Mile Pub, Six Mile Pub, and Craigflower Manor, a National Historic Site of Canada. The name View Royal was coined circa 1910 by a real estate developer promoting the ‘Royal Views’ of Esquimalt Harbour. Once a ‘get-away’ with seasonal cottages, the Town has become a gateway between Victoria and the West Shore.
Our community Archives relies on donations from people like you! Please consider us if you have material that would enhance our holdings and help us share the history of View Royal. We gratefully accept the following relating to the Town of View Royal; photographs, albums, correspondence, diaries, family documents, maps, plans, financial and legal records, local business and organization documentation, and materials from members of underrepresented groups.
Visit us in person at Town Hall - 45 View Royal Avenue. Open Fridays 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (closed for lunch 12:30pm -1:30pm), or by appointment.
Contact us by phone at 250-708-2275