Research Links

Here are some links to the best sites I have found for reading on-line heritage newspapers, and heritage municipal and city directories. These are all great free sources of information on Canadian history.

British Columbia

University of British Columbia – many heritage newspapers

University of Victoria – The Colonist newspaper

Vanderhoof Public Library – local heritage newspapers

Vancouver Public Library – BC municipal directories 1860-1958


University of Alberta, Peel’s Prairie Provinces – many heritage newspapers and Henderson’s Municipal Directories from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba


Manitobia – many heritage newspapers


Meta-search of digital resources from public libraries across the province, including some heritage newspapers

Toronto Public Library – provincial and municipal directories

Internet Archive – provincial and municipal directories, including Ontario, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa

Ottawa Public Library – access to Globe and Mail heritage newspapers (free for library members)

Canadian County Atlas Digital Project – heritage maps of Ontario 1870-80s


National Library of Quebec – many heritage newspapers and magazines, and municipal directories

Internet Archive – municipal directories, including Montreal

New Brunswick

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick – Database of Vital Statistics

Nova Scotia

Libraries Nova Scotia – many heritage newspapers

Prince Edward Island

University of Prince Edward Island – heritage newspapers


Memorial University – several heritage newspapers


Library and Archives Canada – Heritage mail-order catalogues

Library and Archives Canada – Provincial and Municipal Directories, in particular Ontario, Ottawa and Halifax

Google Newspapers – heritage newspapers from many Canadian towns and cities