BC Newspapers, Obituaries

British Columbia Obituaries

On this page are listings and links to on-line British Columbia obituaries and obituary indexes, as well as to digitized on-line historical BC newspapers. For assistance in obtaining BC obituaries not found on-line and for many other BC genealogical resources, please contact the BCGS BC Research Committee.

Most larger British Columbia Newspapers, such as the Vancouver Sun and Province, host obituaries from around B.C. Smaller villages, towns & cities may have their own newspaper that have local obituaries listed. Some are online & searchable. Below is a linked list of community & mainstream Newspapers in B.C.

Historical BC Newspapers

Some historical newspapers are available on microfilm or in paper copies at local libraries, and specialized libraries and archives, including the BCGS Walter Draycott Library, or at university libraries. The British Columbia Legislative Library collection of historical newspapers on film is available onsite at the BC Archives, but not through inter-library loan.

On-line BC Historical Newspapers

A number of historical BC papers are now online free.

The British Colonist, Victoria, BC, 1858-1951. For the early period, this was The newspaper in British Columbia, so search here for news from early British Columbia and Vancouver Island.

The British Columbia Saturday Sunset, 1907-1915, published in Vancouver, BC, 1907-1915.

The Chilliwack Progress from 1891 to 2007.

The Quesnel Cariboo Observer, Quesnel, BC. 1908 on.

Prince George Newspaper Collection, searchable, includes (various dates) College of New Caledonia student newspapers, Fort George Herald, Fort George Tribune, Prince George Citizen, Prince George Herald, Prince George Post, Prince George Star and The Leader. See site for dates.

Prince Rupert digitized newspapers, Turning the Pages, an ongoing project, currently offline. So far includes papers from 1911 to 1923.

Squamish Times Archive and Squamish Times Photograph Collection, 1957 to 1995, and Squamish Review, 1948 to 1949, Squamish Advance, 1950 to 1956 and Squamish Chief, 1991 on. Squamish History Archives, Squamish Public Library.

The University of British Columbia’s Historical Newspaper in UBC Open Collections offers a searchable, browsable selection of historical newspapers from around the province – 163 – currently in 2017. including Abbotsford Post, Alberni Advocate, Atlin Claim, Bella Coola Courier, Boundary Creek Times. British Columbia Record (official publication of Architectural Institute of BC, BC Builders’ Exchange, and Building and Construction Industries’ Exchange of BC), Cariboo Sentinel (Barkerville), Coast News (Gibsons, Sunshine Coast), Creston Review, Cumberland News, Daily Building Record (Vancouver), Daily Ledger (Ladysmith), Enderby Press, Grand Forks Sun, Hedley Gazette, Hot Springs News (Ainsworth), Independent (labour – Vancouver), Kootenay Mail (Revelstoke), Ledge (Greenwood), Ledge (Nakusp, New Denver, Fernie), Massett Leader, Miner (Nelson), Mining Review (Sandon), Moyie Leader, Nelson Economist, Nicola Valley News (Merritt), Orchard City Record (Kelowna), Peninsula Times (Sechelt, Egmont, Halfmoon Bay Madeira Park, Pender Harbour, Davis Bay, Powell River, Sunshine Coast), Phoenix Pioneer, Prospector (Fort Steele), Revelstoke Herald, Tribune (Nelson), Western Call (includes Swedish language supplement, Svenska Canada kurire –Vancouver).

The Vanderhoof Public Library hosts these newspapers in the Bill Silver Digital Newspaper Archive (searchable): the Nechako Chronicle 1920-1983, Omineca Express 1982-1989 and 1991-2007 and the The Vanderhoof Herald 1917-1920

A few British Columbia papers from Victora and Vancouver, a sampling of issues from late 1860s to 1980s) are included in the Google Newspaper Archive – The Vancouver Daily Post [Vancouver Island], 201 issues, Aug 16, 1865 – Apr 29, 1866; Vancouver Daily Sun, 177 issues, Oct 1, 1917 – Apr 30, 1920; Vancouver Express. 8 issues, Apr 2, 1979 – Apr 23, 1979; The Vancouver Sun, 5,010 issues, May 1, 1920 – Feb 28, 1987; The Vancouver Sunday Sun, 27 issues, Jul 1, 1923 – Aug 31, 1923; The Vancouver Times [Vancouver Island], 477 issues, Sep 5, 1864 – Apr 29, 1866: http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=ifIdVpG6JtcC

The Simon Fraser University Multicultural Canada website has other newspapers from or relating to British Columbia, including the Chinese Times, Jewish Western Bulletin and the Canadian India Times.

Paper of Record, a Canadian $ subscription website, has the British Columbian from New Westminster 1861 – 1869; the New Westminster Mainland Guardian, also New Westminster 1870 – 1889; and the Vancouver Daily Evening Post at Victoria 1864 – 1866 (formerly Vancouver Times and Evening Express); and the Victoria Daily Standard of Victoria 1870 – 1873.

Newspapers.com, a $ subscription website, has the Vancouver Daily Sun, 1924 issues only, the Vancouver Daily World, 1888-1924, and the Chilliwack Progress. See above for the free Chilliwack Progress website. Newspapers.com now includes a number of more modern issues of BC/Canada newspapers accessible with an add-on subscriptions. Browse the current list here: https://www.newspapers.com/browse/Canada/Vanderhoof/Omineca%20Express_5962


Newspaper Name
(Description of Newspaper with Contact info)

Obituary Page
(A link to the Obituary Page)
100 Mile Free Press (Obituaries start May 7, 2003)
100 Mile House Free Press http://www.100milefreepress.net/
Abbotsford News https://www.abbynews.com/obituaries/ Obituaries start Oct 30, 2002
ARCHIVED VERSIONS, INTERNET ARCHIVE -Abbotsford Times – no longer publishing Obituaries
Agassiz – Harrison Observer http://www.agassizharrisonobserver.com/ Obituaries start Jan 6, 2002
Aldergrove Star https://www.aldergrovestar.com/obituaries/ (no Obituaries online)
Ashcroft-Cache Creek Journal http://www.ash-cache-journal.com/ Obituaries start Dec 3, 1989
Barriere North Thompson Star/Journal http://www.starjournal.net/ Obituaries start Dec 23, 2001
Burnaby Now >http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Burnaby/New Westminster News Leader http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/ Obituaries start May 13, 2004
Burns Lake District News http://www.ldnews.net/ Obituaries start June 11, 2002
Campbell River Courier-Islander (no Obituaries online) Campbell River Courier, 1947–1974; Comox Argus, 1917–1945; Campbell River Upper Islander, 1964–1990 – Campbell River Genealogy Society’s Index of births, marriages, deaths, some christenings. Also obituary index on-line. See the Society’s website or search the index at Ancestry.com: Central Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, Newspaper Birth, Marriage & Death Indexes, 1911-1990 [database on-line].
Campbell River Mirror (1) http://www.campbellrivermirror.com/ Obituaries start Feb 13, 2002
Campbell River North Island MidWeek http://www.northislandmidweek.com/ Obituaries start April 22, 2003
Campbell River/Comox Valley North Islander (no Obituaries online)
Canterbury (Northeast Kootenays) The Outcrop 1900-1907 in Peel’s Bibliography
CFB Esquimalt Lookout http://www.lookoutnewspaper.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Cassiar Sheet/Cassiar Courier 1956-1976 http://search.nbca.unbc.ca/index.php/asbestos-sheet Northern BC Archives, Geoffrey R. Weller Library, UNBC
Chilliwack Progress http://www.theprogress.com/ Obituaries start Jan 17, 2002
Chilliwack Times http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Clearwater North Thompson Times http://www.clearwatertimes.com/ Obituaries start April 13, 2002
Colwood Goldstream News Gazette http://www.goldstreamgazette.com/ Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Coquitlam The Now http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Coquitlam Herald & Coquitlam Times – obituary index 1911-1949, Coquitlam Public Library. See Coquitlam Herald issues from 1930-1957 (various) on-line at PoCo Heritage. Coquitlam Tri City News See PoCo Heritage – http://www.pocoheritage.org/heritage_centre/pedia.php?type=NP http://www.tricitynews.com/obituaries/ Obituaries start June 4, 2003
Courtenay Comox Valley Record (1) http://www.comoxvalleyrecord.com/ Obituaries start Nov 23, 2001
Delta Optimist http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Duncan Cowichan News Leader(1) http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/ Obituaries start Feb 18, 2002
Duncan Cowichan Valley Citizen (no Obituaries online)
Enderby, The North Valley Echo http://www.northvalleyecho.com/obits2.html
Esquimalt News (1) (2) http://www.esquimaltnews.com/ Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Fernie Free Press http://www.thefreepress.ca/section/fernie10&type=1100 (In Memoriam only)
Fort Nelson News (no Obituaries online)
Fort St. James Caledonia Courier http://www.caledoniacourier.com/ Obituaries start Feb 22, 2004
Fort St. John Northeast Weekly (no Obituaries online)
Gabriola Island Gabriola Sounder http://www.soundernews.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Golden The Golden Star http://www.thegoldenstar.net/ Obituaries start June 28, 2003
Goldstream News Gazette (1) (2) http://www.goldstreamgazette.com Obituaries start Jan 1, 2002
Grand Forks Gazette (no Obituaries online)
Hope Standard http://www.hopestandard.com/ Obituaries start Jan 17, 2004
Houston Today http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_north/houston-today/obituaries/
Invermere Valley Echo http://www.bclocalnews.com/kootenay_rockies/invermerevalleyecho/obituaries/
Kamloops This Week http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/ Obituaries start Feb 26, 2003. The Kamloops Library is indexing the paper’s obituaries, from January 2014. Once patrons search the index and locate a date, they can then obtain a copy from the Library’s hard copy or microfilm collection.   http://www.tnrdlib.ca/?p=/pages/admin/kdn_obits/search.php  
Kamloops Daily News (no longer in print) The Kamloops Library has indexed the Kamloops Daily News obituaries, 1987-January 2014.   http://www.tnrdlib.ca/?p=/pages/admin/kdn_obits/search.php Once patrons search the index and locate a date, they can then obtain a copy from the Library’s hard copy or microfilm collection.For digitized Kamloops and area newspapers, go to Newshound in the Library’s website database section. This is an on-going project; more papers to be added: http://arch.tnrdlib.ca/
Kelowna Capital News http://www.kelownacapnews.com/ Obituaries start Sept 20, 2006
Kelowna Daily Courier, Kelowna, BC http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/obituaries.php
Kitimat Northern Sentinel http://www.northernsentinel.com/ Obituaries start Jan 4, 2005
Kootenay News Advertiser Cranbrook, BC http://www.kootenayadvertiser.com/portals-code/obits.cgi?paper=17 Obituaries start April, 2003
Ladysmith/Chemainus Chronicle (1) (2) http://www.ladysmithchronicle.com/ Obituaries start Jan 1, 2002
Lake Cowichan Gazette (1) (2) http://www.lakecowichangazette.com/ Obituaries start Nov 20, 2002
Langley Advance News http://www.langleyadvance.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Langley Times http://www.langleytimes.com/ Obituaries start Nov 18, 2001
Lillooet Bridge River News http://www.lillooetnews.net/ (no Obituaries online)
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Times http://www.mrtimes.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows News <http://www.mapleridgenews.com/ Obituaries start April 13, 2003
Merritt Herald http://www.merrittherald.com/ Obituaries start Jan 23, 2003
Merritt News (no Obituaries online)
Mission City Record http://www.missioncityrecord.com/ Obituaries start May 3, 2004
Monday Magazine (Victoria area) (1) http://web.bcnewsgroup.com/portals/monday  (no Obituaries
Nakusp Arrow Lakes News http://www.arrowlakesnews.com/ Obituaries start March 26, 2004
Nanaimo Harbour City Star http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Nanaimo News Bulletin (1) http://www.nanaimobulletin.com/ Obituaries start May 17, 2002
Nelson Kootenay Weekly Express http://www.expressnews.ca/ (no Obituaries online)
New Denver Valley Voice (no Obituaries online)
New Westminster Record http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
North Island Gazette (1) http://www.northislandgazette.com Obituaries start June 2, 2002
North Island MidWeek (1) http://www.northislandmidweek.com Obituaries start April 22, 2003
North Vancouver North Shore Outlook http://www.northshoreoutlook.com/ Obituaries start May 1, 2004
North Vancouver/West Vancouver North Shore News http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html
Oak Bay News (1) (2) http://www.oakbaynews.com/ Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Okanagan Falls/Keremeos Review http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/keremeosreview/
Oliver Chronicle http://www.oliverchronicle.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Osoyoos Times http://www.osoyoostimes.com/
Parksville/Qualicum Beach The News (1) http://www.pqbnews.com/ Obituaries start April 10, 2002
Peace Arch News White Rock, BC http://www.peacearchnews.com/portals-code/obits.cgi?paper=44 Obituaries start July 16, 2002
Peninsula News Review (1) (2) http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com
Penticton Herald, Penticton, BC http://www.pentictonherald.ca/obituaries.php
Penticton Penticton Western News http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/pentictonwesternnews/
Port Hardy North Island Gazette http://www.northislandgazette.com/ Obituaries start June 2, 2002
Powell River Peak (no Obituaries online)
Prince George Free Press http://pgfreepress.com/ Obituaries start June 15, 2004
Prince Rupert Northwest Weekly/NorthWest Compass) to 2005?
Princeton Similkameen Spotlight http://www.similkameenspotlight.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Queen Charlotte Islands Queen Charlotte Islands Observer http://www.qciobserver.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Quesnel Advisor (no Obituaries online)
Quesnel Cariboo Observer http://www.quesnelobserver.com/ Obituaries start Jan 3, 2002
Revelstoke Times-Review http://www.revelstoketimesreview.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Richmond News http://classifieds.canada.com/remembering/index.html>
Richmond Review http://www.richmondreview.com/ Obituaries start Jan 13, 2003
Saanich News (1) (2) http://www.saanichnews.com/portals-code/obits.cgi?paper=98 Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Salmon Arm Observer http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/salmonarmobserver/obituaries/
Salmon Arm Shuswap Market News http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/salmonarmobserver/obituaries/
Salt Spring Island Gulf Islands Driftwood http://www.gulfislands.net/ (no Obituaries online)
Sechelt/Gibsons Coast Reporter (no Obituaries online)
Sicamous Eagle Valley News http://www.bclocalnews.com/bc_thompson_nicola/eaglevalleynews/
Sidney Peninsula News Review http://www.peninsulanewsreview.com/ Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Smithers Interior News http://www.interior-news.com/ Obituaries start April 14, 2002
Sooke News Mirror (1) http://www.sookenewsmirror.com/ (no Obituaries online)
South Delta South Delta Leader http://www.southdeltaleader.com/ Obituaries start May 7, 2004
Squamish Chief http://www.squamishchief.com/ (no Obits Online)
Summerland Review http://www.summerlandreview.com/
Surrey/North Delta Leader http://www.surreyleader.com/ Obituaries start Dec 28, 2001
Surrey/North Delta/White Rock The Now Regional Newspaper http://www.thenownewspaper.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Terrace The Terrace Standard http://www.terracestandard.com/ Obituaries start May 30, 2002Eleanor Muehle Newspaper Archive, Terrace Public Library: http://terracelibrary.ca/localhistory/onlineresources
Tumbler Ridge Tumbler Ridge News http://www.tumblerridgenews.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Valemount Robson Valley Times http://www.robsonvalleytimes.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Valemount/McBride Valley Sentinel (serving McBride and Valemount) http://www.thevalleysentinel.com (no Obituaries online)
Vancouver Courier – Downtown http://www.vancourier.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Vancouver Courier – East Side http://www.vancourier.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Vancouver Courier – West Side http://www.vancourier.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Vancouver Sun Archived Obituaries http://classifieds.canada.com/vancouver/archives/index.aspx?cls_id=37913&goback=30
Obituaries start May 13, 2002
Current Obituaries http://www.legacy.com/can-vancouver/LegacyHome.asp
Obituaries start at Current month
Vancouver Province Archived Obituaries http://classifieds.canada.com/vancouver/
Obituaries start May 13, 2002
Current Obituaries http://www.legacy.com/can-vancouver/LegacyHome.asp
Obituaries start at Current month
Vancouver WestEnder http://www.westender.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Vanderhoof Omineca Express http://www.ominecaexpress.com/ Obituaries start Feb 22, 2004
Vernon Morning Star http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/ Obituaries start Oct 9, 2002
Victoria Daily Times, Indexes to Deaths and Marriages 1901-1939, Victoria City Archives City of Victoria Archives For later obituaries, see Victoria City News (opposite) and Victoria Times Colonist (below). Victoria City News http://www.vicnews.com/ Obituaries start Oct 1, 2002
Victoria Times Colonist Current Obituaries: http://www.legacy.com/can-victoria/LegacyHome.asp
Archived Obituaries: start May 13, 2002 http://classifieds.canada.com/victoria/archives/index.aspx?cls_id=35510&goback=15

Whistler Question http://www.whistlerquestion.com/ (no Obituaries online)
White Rock/South Surrey Peace Arch News http://www.peacearchnews.com/ Obituaries start July 16, 2002
Williams Lake Cariboo Advisor http://www.caribooadvisor.com/ (no Obituaries online)
Williams Lake Tribune http://www.wltribune.com/obituaries Obituaries start April 9, 2002
Winfield Lake Country Calendar https://www.lakecountrycalendar.com/obituaries/ Obituaries start Aug 2005
(1) Black Press/Vancouver Island News Group http://www.blackpress.ca
(2) Victoria Citywide Classified (Obituaries are the same for this group.)


Misc Newspaper Archive & Obituary Links in B.C.
Peace Country Roots, obituaries Peace Block News, 1930- http://www.calverley.ca/Obits.htm
For older newspapers, the BC Archives has a .pdf list of the newspapers available on microfilm, by place. (Doesn’t include Vancouver, Victoria) http://royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/assets/BCArchives_newspapers_Dec2012.pdf
There is also a list of BC papers searchable by place on the Library & Archives website and a list of indexes available for BC newspapers by place http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/newspapers/newspaper-collection/Pages/newspapers-collection.aspx
There are a couple of Pacific Northwest on-line collections:
The British Columbia Digital Library and
Multicultural Canada, a growing list of ethnic and non-English language newspapers, issues on-line.
Pacific Northwest Ethnic & Special Audience Newspapers



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