British Columbia History Internet/Web Site
Disciplines and Subjects: Geographic
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- Gold Rushes (BC, Alaska and Klondike,
- Regional / Community / Urban History
Geographic (Discovery and Exploration)
- Alpine Club
of Canada Climbing Archive is a growing electronic archive of mountain
climbing narratives, many from British Columbia.
- BC Geographical Names Information
System (Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management). Date updated:
- British Columbia Trans
Canada Trail Home Page (Land Use Coordination Office, BC Ministry of
Environment, Lands and Parks)
- Canadian Heritage
Rivers System (Canada's
- Discoverers Web: links and
information on voyages of discovery (Andre Engels)
British Columbia Surveying History (Base Mapping and Geomatic Services Branch, Ministry of
Sustainable Resource Management) is a short essay with pictorial links. Date updated: 2001.11.13.
- Every Name Tells a Story:
100 Years of Official Place Naming in Canada (Canada Permanent Committee on
Geographical Names Centennial Exhibit)
- Explorers of the West
Canada's geographic information on the Internet
- "Maps, Manuscripts and
MultiMedia: An Interactive View of Nanaimo in the 1890s" by Dr. Patrick A.
Dunae and Mary O'Neill, Malaspina University-College
- Origins of
Canada's Geographical Names (Canada's Digital
- Passages: A Treasure
Trove of North American Exploration (National Library of Canada and
- Place Names in
the Canadian Rockies (Compiled and maintained by James L. Swanson, Banff,
AB) includes a keyword search or alphabetic list of place names in Alberta and
British Columbia; histories and bibliographic references accompany each place
- Sir Joseph Banks' Papers (State
Library of New South Wales, Australia) consists of digital facsimiles of the
great English botanist's correspondence and other writings, among which are
letters concerning Captain James Cook's fatal third voyage of discovery and
Captain George Vancouver's voyage to the Northwest Coast of North America. A
site-search engine is available.
- Swiss Guide Centennial
Festival, 1899-1999 (Golden) celebrated the arrival of Swiss mountain
guides to the Canadian Rocky and Selkirk Mountains.
- CORDLink: A Window on Cordilleran
Geology (Geological Survey of Canada, Pacific Division; BC Geological Survey;
and UBC Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences). Multimedia collection and
research/educational tool documenting the geology of the Canadian Cordillera in
BC and Alberta. Includes maps, documents (publications), and images
(photographs). Geological datasets from the GSC and the BCGSC are available
through a map interface. The free Autodesk MapGuide Web browser plug-in is
required to view the interactive maps.
Vancouver: Living with Our Geological Landscape (Geological Survey of
- MINFILE (BC
Ministry of Energy and Mines) is a searchable database of all mineral and ore
deposits throughout the province; capsule histories are available for each
- Pacific Mineral
Gold Rushes (BC, Alaska and Klondike, Yukon
Jump to Northwest
BC, Alaska and Klondike, Yukon Territory Gold Rushes
Northwest BC, Alaska and
Klondike, Yukon Territory Gold Rushes
Historical Collections: Gold Rush Images (Alaska State Library, Juneau) is
an online catalog including scenes from BC.
- Alaska's Gold
(Alaska Rich Mining Project Committee) was designed for educators and uses
library/archival records and museum artifacts to tell the story of the Alaska
Trail National Historic Site (Parks Canada)
- Ghosts of the Klondike Gold Rush which
includes the Pan for Gold
- Golden Dreams
Online Exhibit (Washington State Historical Society)
- Hard Drive
to the Klondike: Promoting Seattle During the Gold Rush: A Historic
Resource Study for the Seattle Unit of the Klondike Gold Rush National
Historical Park (Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, United States
National Park Service)
- Harold Charles
Engelson, Minnesota, Valdez and the Klondike are transcribed letters
between 1897 and 1903 about the experiences of this Alaska and Klondike Gold
(Sponsored by alaskayukon.com) contains links to information on the Klondike
- Klondike Gold
Rush Centennial Calendar (Yukon Anniversaries Commission, Whitehorse via
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historic
Park (United States National Park Service, Skagway, AK)
- Klondike National Historic
Sites (Parks Canada) documents heritage sites in Dawson City.
- S.S. Klondike National
Historic Site (Parks Canada)
- Threads of Gold:
Women of the Alaska Gold Rush (University of Alaska Museum) is a
complete online exhibit about women in the Klondike and Alaska gold rushes
- Valdez Gold
Rush (Valdez Museum and Historical Archive, Alaska) includes background
information, images, an e-mail exchange for '98er descendants and the
Valdez Goldrush Names
- Yukon and Alaska History (The
Mining Company) maintained by Murray Lundberg includes a site search engine to
- The Yukon
Photographers: Gold Rush Era, 1897-1900 (Government of Yukon Heritage
Branch via the Virtual Museum Canada)
to Historical Parks, National Historic Sites and Memorial Sites
Regional / Community / Urban History
- BC Coast (excluding Lower Mainland and
- Boundary Region
- Central Interior
- Columbia River (BC-Washington State)
- Kootenay (East and West) Region
- Lower Mainland-Fraser Valley-Yale
- Northwest BC
- Peace River Region
- Vancouver Island
BC Coast (excluding Lower Mainland and Vancouver
- The Virtual Crowsnest Highway,
South-western Canada's Information Resource (Donald Malcom Wilson).
Contains extensive historical information, including modern photographs,
a map and a chronology about the highway's origin and the communities which
populate its route from Hope, BC, to Medicine Hat, Alberta. Date added:
- History of
Midway (Village of Midway).
- History of
Abbotsford & Area (MSA Museum Society).
History of Britannia Beach.
Driving Tours (Chilliwack Visitor Information Centre). The tour
information, on a variety of themes, including heritage and history, is only
available for viewing or downloading as Adobe PDF files.
History (Chilliwack Museum and Archives) includes a Timeline.
Village (Clayburn Village Community Society, BC).
Langley Story Illustrated: An Early History of The
Municipality of Langley by Donald E. Waite (Hosted by Lisa Peppan,
of Maillardville (Société
Maillardville-Uni). Illustrated narrative of 75 years (1909-1984) in the
history of this Francophone community.
- The Heritage
Landscapes Project: Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows, and the
Environment, 1875-1975 (Maple Ridge Historical Society and
Collections). Date added: 2001.05.28.
Museum Featuring the Western Canada Soapbox Derby (Mission Museum and
Collections). Date added: 2001.05.28.
- New Westminster Heritage Web
Site (New Westminster Public Library) features resources such as a
historical photographs database which document and highlight New Westminster's
- History of
Richmond Municipality by Mary Thompson. Virtual exhibit by
the City of Richmond Archives, BC. Includes a complete digital facsimile with
illustrations and transcriptions of Mary Thompson's unpublished history of
Richmond which she wrote as a school project in 1923.
- "Disappearing a Lake:
A Meditation on Method and Mosquitos" by Laura Cameron is adapted from a
1993 Hypercard essay and concerns the draining of Sumas Lake,
Fraser Valley, in the early 1920s. This Web presentation augments Laura
Cameron's book Openings: A Meditation on History, Method and Sumas Lake
(McGill-Queen's University Press, October 1997).
History by Jack Brown is adapted from his "The Historical Geography of
South Surrey, British Columbia", M.A. thesis, Western Washington University,
Bellingham, 1971. Date updated: 2002-03-09.
- City Lights:
Vancouver's Neon Heritage (Vancouver Museum and
- City of
Vancouver Historical Dates (City of Vancouver Web
- City of Vancouver
VanMap. Date added:
Vancouver: Local History contains essays, a detailed
chronology and links surrounding Vancouver's past; much of the information is
from Chuck Davis' The Greater Vancouver Book: An
Greater Vancouver Book: An Urban Encyclopaedia edited
by Chuck Davis contains extensive historical information about the Lower
Mainland and the Terminal City (Vancouver).
Pioneer Photographs from the Myrtle Philip Collection (Whistler Museum and
Archives and Canada's
Digital Collections). Date added: 2001.07.20.
- The Gold Rush
Town of Yale (BC Heritage and
Collections). Alternate address:
from the Past (Enderby and District Museum). Illustrated
history of Enderby and surrounding communities. Date accessed: 2002.04.09.
Date added: 2002.04.09.
- Records of
the Hudson's Bay Company Relative to the Thompson's River Post,
(Kamloops, BC) 1821-1865 (Duane Thomson, general editor;
hosted by Living Landscapes: Thompson-Okanagan). Includes a transcript of the
Thompson's River Post Journal, 1841-1843, kept by John Tod and Donald Manson,
along with supporting research material.
- The History of
Lumby: From Grassroots to Treetops (Canada's Digital
History: A Teacher's Guide (School District 53 and Okanagan Museums,
Digital Collections). Date added: 2001.11.19.
to Ogopogo Country (Centre culturel
Marie-Anne-Gaboury d'Edmonton and
Collections). Learn about the mythical Ogopogo which inhabits
Okanagan Lake and other mysterious lake and sea creatures in Canada.
Date accessed: 2002.04.08. Date added: 2002.04.08.
- The Letters
of Dorothea Allison 1913-1922 (Edited by Duane Thomson and Carolyn Webb;
hosted by Living Landscapes: Thompson-Okanagan). Digital facsimiles and
transcripts, along with supporting research material, by this resident of the
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia.
History (Town of Princeton) includes information on ghost towns, Granite
City, Blakeburn, and Copper Mountain.
- Living Landscapes:
Thompson-Okanagan: Past, Present Future (Joint Project of
the Royal BC Museum and Okanagan University College). Some of the resources
from this project are separately described on the BC History Internet/Web
Vernon (Downtown Vernon Association and
Collections). Date added: 2001.05.28.
viHistory (Vancouver Island History)
Portal features the Vancouver Island portion of 1881 and 1891 census, a
sample of the 1901 census for Vancouver Island, along
with tax assessment rolls for Nanaimo, maps and other documents. The site, developed and managed by Patrick A. Dunae, is
a cooperative venture between Malaspina University-College and John Lutz, Eric
W. Sager, and Peter Baskerville of the History Department, University
of Victoria. Date accessed: 2002.06.27. Date added: 2002.06.27. Date updated:
to BC-Canadiana on Geography
Cartography / Map History section of Historical Disciplines
First Nations / Aboriginal / Native / Indian / Metis History
to Historical Parks and Memorial Sites
to Natural Sciences History
Social Sciences section of Canadiana and British Columbiana