Our History

About the Archives
Girl Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada, Ontario Council Archives collects and preserves records and artifacts that document the history of Guiding in Ontario from its beginnings to the present. Records are donated by members or transferred from staff, then described and made accessible as resources to explore and learn about the Guiding movement and its impact on communities throughout Ontario. 

Materials include:
  • minutes, annual reports
  • photographs, moving images, audio
  • administrative records
  • log books, scrapbooks
  • unit records
  • uniforms, badges, insignia
  • publications
  • program, event, and cookie records
  • artifacts
And much more! 

Collections and Finding Aids

The following are the currently available finding aids for collections in the Archives:

F0012 - Provincial Annual Meetings collection

Research Services
GGCOC Archives offers a variety of research services. You can either book an appointment to visit the Archives or have the research conducted by the Archivist via correspondence. In the Archives you can view photographs, unit log books, minutes, old publications including program books, Guider biographies, camp records, old badges and pins, uniforms, and much more. 

Here’s a list of some potential research subjects:
  • Unit history
  • Guider history
  • Events and programs (National and international camps, challenges, etc.)
  • Uniform changes
  • Badges/insignia
  • Women’s movement in Canada
  • Property history (camps, stores, area offices, etc.)
  • Community involvement 
Contact the Archives
Please contact the Archives regarding a research request, potential donation, heritage program or any other related question or comment.
Email: archivist@guidesontario.org
Phone: 416-926-2351, ext. 2436
Toll Free: 877-323-4545, ext. 2436

For research inquiries, please complete the Research Request Form.
To donate materials, please complete the Archival Donation Form.
For all other inquiries, please fill out the General Inquiry Form.

Programs and Resources Available
Program Heritage Boxes
Heritage Uniform Rental
Canadian Guiding Badges and Insignia Resource
Crest Identification

History of Guiding in Ontario
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