Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935

If you are having trouble finding a passenger record for an ancestor—especially an ancestor from a northern European country—it may well be that your ancestor arrived in Canada first and then made his or her way down to a United States border crossing.

Ancestry Library Edition (Ancestry LE) provides access to this record collection:

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935

German immigrants (Library and Archives Canada photo)
German immigrants (Library and Archives Canada photo)

It includes passenger lists of ships arriving in various Canadian ports as well as some eastern U.S. ports from 1865–1935 (U.S. port lists in this collection only include passengers whose ultimate destination was Canada). This record collection (which covers 2.2 million people) includes the following ports and years:

    Quebec Ports (May 1865–Jun 1908, Jun 1919–Jul 1921, Apr 1925–Nov 1935)
    Montreal, Quebec (Apr 1925–Nov 1935)
    Halifax, Nova Scotia (1881–Oct 1922, 1925–1935)
    North Sydney, Nova Scotia (Nov 1906, Aug 1908–Aug 1922, 1925–1935)
    Saint John, New Brunswick (1900–Sep 1922, 1925–1935)
    Vancouver, British Columbia (1905–Sep 1922, 1925–1935)
    Victoria, British Columbia and Pacific Ports (Apr 1905–Sep 1922, 1925–1935)
    Eastern U.S. Ports (Jul 1905–Feb 1919, 1925–1928)
    New York (1906–1921)

Passenger names recorded on these lists include returning Canadian citizens, potential Canadian immigrants, individuals making their way from a Canadian port to the U.S., and visitors to Canada. Lists from later years generally include more information. Information recorded may include:

    Name
    Age
    Gender
    Marital status
    Whether been to Canada before; if so, when, where, and how long
    Whether intend to permanently reside in Canada
    Whether able to read and write
    Birth country
    Race
    Destination
    Occupation
    Religious denomination
    Port of arrival
    Date of arrival
    Port of embarkation
    Ship name
    Shipping line

Note: If you are researching ancestors who arrived in Canada from 1919–1924, you may also wish to check this record collection:

Canada, Ocean Arrivals (Form 30A), 1919-1924

You can use Ancestry LE at Central Library or any of our branches.

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