The Greater Vernon Archives has the distinction of being among the most respected research facilities in the province.


The Greater Vernon Archives has the distinction of being among the most respected research facilities in the province. Each year, well in excess of 700 research inquiries from individuals in the province and many other parts of the country come through our archives.

The Archives acquires and preserves material of archival and/or informational value to the North Okanagan and makes most of this material available to the public by employing accepted archival practices.

The Archives can provide one copy of material in our holdings for research and private study when no restrictions apply. Any further copying or use of the material (for example publication) is subject to the restrictions imposed by the Copyright Act. Because of the unique nature of our records we do not allow researchers to do their own reproductions from original documents. Archives staff will do this copying on your behalf.

Be aware that some records may not be immediately available for your use. Access to records may be restricted for the following reasons:

  • Personal Information Protection Act of British Columbia.
  • Restrictions placed on a collection by the donor.
  • The records are too fragile or damaged to be handled or copied
  • Viewing them would violate the First Nations Principles of OCAP

The archives provides complimentary access to Ancestry, the world’s largest online family history resource, with more than one and a half billion names in over 7,000 databases.

Discover birth, marriage, death, church, military, court, passenger list records, and more from all over the world. Available on research room computers only.

John Shepherd Reference Library

The Museum and Archives of Vernon also holds the John Shepherd Reference Library, an extensive reference library consisting of over 2800 rare and out-of-print publications are also available to visiting researchers.

This collection includes:

  • Local, Provincial and National History Topics
  • Natural History
  • Military History

Archives Hours & Booking

Archival staff are happy to assist you in your archival research whether in person, online, self directed or with research assistance.

Archive Hours (By Appointment Only)

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 1pm – 4pm
Thursday: 11am – 4pm
Friday: 11am – 4pm
Saturday: 11am – 4pm


Full descriptions of our holdings are available online through the British Columbia Archival Information Network at If you are unable to find what you are looking for, please contact

The Archives also has an extensive selection of photographs and newspapers.