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TitleCategoryRegionDescriptionSourceDate Originally PublishedKeywordsFile FormatCost?Data Portal or Dataset?Notes
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1:2 000 000 Raster Base Map - BC AlbersPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaA single 1:2 000 000 raster map derived from provincial sources. The roads and place names are from 2006 and are updated annually whereas other detail is from the 1980s and is static. A 100 metre pixel size is used for the map detail which is presented against a shaded relief, grayscale background derived from a 200 metre elevation grid. The mapsheet is produced in the BC Albers projection. There are four additional files which accompany the mapsheet. All five files make up the 1:250 000 Raster Base Map ? BC Albers distribution package (zipped file).BC Govt2006base map, TRIM, UTM, raster, AlbersmultipleFreeDataset
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1:20 000 Georeferenced Topographic Base MapsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaA Province-wide series of 1:20 000 georeferenced topographic map images/rasters derived from TRIM topographic vector data that are available in TIF, GeoPDF and ECW formats.

A 2 metre pixel size was used for the TRIM detail, which is presented against a shaded relief, greyscale background created from a TRIM derived 25 metre interpolated elevation grid. Each mapsheet is available in a zipped GeoTIFF in the UTM projection.

Each mapsheet was produced by the Decision Support Section of GeoBC for the Base Mapping and Cadastre section also of GeoBC of the Integrated Resource Operations Division of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Four text files accompany each GeoTIFF zipped file; the five files in total constitute a 1:20 000 GeoTIFF distribution package available as a single zip file.
BC Govt2013base map, TRIM, UTM, raster, AlbersTiff, PDF, ECWFreeDataset
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1:250 000 Raster Base Map - BC AlbersPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaA Province-wide series of 1:250 000 digital raster maps derived originally from scanned lithographic layers associated with the paper maps published at a scale of 1:250 000 by the Canadian Government in the 1970s and 1980s. The map is considered a static product and is not updated. The map data is considered positionally accurate to 125M to 500M. A 10 metre pixel size is used for the map detail which is present against a shaded relief; grayscale background created from a TRIM derived 25 metre elevation grid. Each mapsheet is produced in the BC Albers projection. There are four text files that accompany each mapsheet. All five files make up the 1:250 000 Raster Base Map ? BC Albers distribution package (zipped file).

Maps are available in PDF, and TIF formats in UTM projection or in TIF format in BC Albers projection
BC Govt2014base map, TRIM, UTM, raster, AlbersDataset
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Aggregate Resource Potential MapsResource and land useBritish ColumbiaAn aggregate potential map typically outlines areas of aggregate resource potential as polygons on the map and qualitatively ranks the relative potential of the areas. Rankings assigned are Historic (which represent recent and present producing areas), Primary, Secondary, Tertiary (potential hosts to future aggregate deposits) and Unclassified. The parameters used in the derivation of the rankings, including landform type, quantity of sand versus gravel, volume estimate, thickness of deposit, etc., are also detailed on the map. On-site geotechnical evaluation is still required to quantitatively confirm the aggregate potential of any specific target. However, the maps provide a quick "first approximation" for alternative land use by also identifying areas which hold little or no potential for aggregate resources. Ultimately, such maps save those planners, developers and producers involved in aggregate considerable effort and cost by focusing attention on select areas.BC Govt2015aggregate, gravelmultipleFreeDataset
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Aquatic Invasive Species of British ColumbiaBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaSite locations of aquatic invasive species occurrences throughout the province. The aquatic invasive species include species of amphibians, fishes, invertebrates, plants, alga and turtles. This spatial dataset was compiled from a number of data sources including The Invasive Plant Council of BC; the Beaty Biodiversity Museum; the Royal BC Museum; the Fisheries Information Summary System; E-Flora BC; Electronic Atlas of Plants of BC; and from private data compilations(spreadsheets) and personal consultation with BC Ministry of Environment staff and other local experts, peer-reviewed articles and other unpublished technical reports. Full Citations are includedBC Govt2012invasive species, plants, animals, aquatic, biodiversitymultipleFreeDataset
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Baseline Thematic Mapping Present Land Use Version 1 Spatial LayerResource and land useBritish ColumbiaThis layer represents Land use polygons as determined by a combination of analytic techniques, mostly using Landsat 5 image mosaics . BTM 1 was done on a federal satellite image base that was only accurate to about 250m. The images were geo-corrected, not ortho-corrected, so there is distortion in areas of high relief. This is not a multipart feature. Land Information specialists frequently use BTM as a critical comprehensive baseline inventory of human activity and natural resources. BTM can be used to monitor land use activities and is a mandatory input into the Land Resource Management Plans (LRMP) process.BC Govt1992land use, base mapmultipleFreeDataset
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Bathymetric MapsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe Bathymetric Maps layer is a spatial layer that enables users to visually determine which maps have existing bathymetric maps. Links in the attribute table allow the user to link to the source maps through their Internet Browser.BC Govt2008lake, bathymetricmultipleFreeDataset
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BC Agricultural Land CapabilityResource and land useBritish ColumbiaThe Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) uses the Land Capability Classification System for Agriculture in British Columbia and where this mapping is not available, the Canada Land Inventory mapping, to determine the agricultural capability of land. Agricultural capability maps are available at either a 1:20 000 or 1:50 000 scale.

Agricultural capability maps are available from the Terrestrial Ecosystem Information (TEI). You need to identify the map which covers your geographical areas of interest. Read the "Instructions for finding maps of interest".

For additional information or to order soils or agriculture capability maps, contact: TEI_Mail@gov.bc.ca
BC Govt2016Agricultural Land CapabilityshpFreeData Portal
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BC Agricultural Land Reserve Maps and GISResource and land useBritish ColumbiaThe Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) boundaries for the province have been digitized into a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) format, rectifying the existing ALR boundaries to provincial standard geo-referenced digital data:

TRIM for planimetric base features such as water bodies, roads, etc; and
Cadastral data from the Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICIS). Where this is not available, Crown Land Registry Services parcel-based data, Cadastral Data Management System (CDMS) is used.
Each ALR boundary segment carries attributes to describe what the boundary is aligned with. This includes the type of feature the boundary follows (e.g. property boundary, river) and the data source that feature was captured from. The digital ALR layer may not be aligned to the most current property boundary data in some areas. If there is any doubt as to a property's location relative to the ALR, consult the official ALR maps or Mapping and GIS Staff.

The Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) does not have historical ALR boundaries in GIS format at this time.

For more technical information that requires specialized mapping software and a technical understanding of digital mapping, ALR shapefiles are available.

We update the GIS data quarterly at the end of: January, April, July and October.

The date of the current GIS ALR data is Apr 30, 2016. The next dataset will be available after Jul 31, 2016.
BC Govt2016ALR BoundariesshpFreeData Portal
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BC Base Map Online StorePhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe BMOS allows users to search, display, and order imagery. Users can use the navigational tools on the toolbar or the search options in the upper right of the window to locate a specific area where they wish to view and\or order imagery. Users can refine what type of imagery they are searching for by selecting the appropriate tab at the top of the screen: Air Photos, Orthophotos, Maps. AT Scans, or Satellite. Users can specify imagery details to narrow the search and review the search results. Any desired images can then be ordered.BC Govt2015air photos, orthophotos, map, base map, satellite imagery, remote sensingmultiplepurchaseData Portal
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BC Climate StationsClimateBritish ColumbiaClimate observation stations (primarily from Environment Canada) that capture hourly, daily, or monthly data.BC Govt2016climate; monitoringmulptipleFreeDataset
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BC Data CatalogueDatabase: VariousBritish ColumbiaSearchable site for datasets related to BC. Not all datasets are open access (free). Many datasets related to natural resources.BC Govtvariousnatural resources, geodatamulptipleFreeData Portal
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BC Environmental Monitoring System ResultsResource and land useBritish ColumbiaEnvironmental test results, including physical, chemical and biological analyses of samples taken from water, air, solid waste discharges and ambient monitoring sites throughout the province.

Samples are collected by either ministry staff or permittees under the Environmental Management Act and then analyzed in public or private sector laboratories.
BC Govt2016pollution, water quality, air qualitycsvFreeDataset
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BC Major WatershedsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaMajor watersheds of BC tagged with the first 3 digits of the Watershed Code (e.g.: 920)BC Govt2003hydrology, watershed, base mapmultipleFreeDataset
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BC Marine Conservation AnalysisDatabase: Biodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaIn this section of the website, you can browse and download ecological and human use maps and data for the Canadian Pacific.
The majority of this data was created from 2008–2009, with a few features added and/or updated from 2010–2013. A map of the BCMCA study area with selected features is available as high res 2.8 MB PDF.
guidelines for use
The BCMCA has worked to provide open access to BCMCA products with appropriate and complete documentation. We developed these guidelines to prevent misuse of our products:
Important caveats and reviewer comments are listed on facing pages for most atlas pages. Please use these maps and available data in accordance with this information.
In general, absence of a thematic feature (e.g., bull kelp) in any particular area on an atlas page should not be interpreted as true absence, as it may indicate a data gap. Wherever possible, we illustrate the spatial extents of data collection effort.
Presence of a thematic feature on a particular atlas page may not represent the exact location. Please refer to the facing page for information on resolution of original data and to the metadata file for information on accuracy.
Spatial data available through this library has been shared in accordance with agreements with data custodians (see comprehensive list of all custodians). Anyone requiring original data used by the BCMCA but not available through the BCMCA data library are referred to the source data custodians
Please acknowledge the BCMCA for products that you find useful in your own work. Cite as:
British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis Project Team. 2011. Marine Atlas of Pacific Canada: A Product of the British Columbia Marine Conservation Analysis. Available from www.bcmca.ca.
If you need assistance, find an error or have a request please email info@bcmca.ca.
BC Conservation Foundationvariousmarine, fisheries, habitat, aquatic, conservationmultipleFreeData Portal
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BC Ministry of Environment- Terrestrial Ecosystem Information (TEI) Access to Maps and DataBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThis page provides tools for finding, viewing and downloading Terrestrial Ecosystem Information (TEI) mapping and information including GIS data (.e00/.shp or file geodatabase), other related data, reports, and scanned maps (.jpg, .tiff, .pdf).

Not all products are available in all formats. Digital products are available at no cost.

Note: Depending on your needs, the information you are seeking may be available from several project types. For example, if you are looking for drainage and parent material or surficial material information, these attributes may be obtained from terrain, bioterrain, terrestrial ecosystem mapping, soil, or surficial geology mapping.

Find GIS data, scanned maps and other related information

If you are looking for information or mapping for specific projects or project types not noted or found using the ‘Find’, ‘View’ or ‘Download’ sections, see your project type of interest under ‘Additional Data Sources’ below. The Ministry of Environment has loaded a significant portion of its data holdings for TEM, PEM, SEI, TER (TIM, TSM & TBT) projects and some SOIL projects to the Geographic Data BC warehouse making it accessible using the ‘Find’ and ‘View’ tools.

Refer to the TEI Information Sheet for an overview of tools and resources available for access to Terrestrial Ecosystems Information.
BC Govtvariousterrain, ecology, soil, vegetation, biogeoclimatic, slope stabilitymultipleFreeData Portal
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BC Oil and Gas Commission - GIS DataResource and land useBritish ColumbiaGIS Data relevant to oil and gas development in BC. Primarily for NE BC.BC Govt2016geology, water, first nations, forestry, habitat, planning, roads, pipelines, wellsmultipleFreeData Portal
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BC Soil Mapping DatasetPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe Soil mapping dataset is a work in progress. Check back a couple of times a year for updates.

The current datasets include:

Soil_Maps.gdb (date: 2015-09-17)- this contains the soil survey mapping information with spatial overlaps removed
(i.e. previously Soil_Best_Available). Selection of maps to 'keep' is based on scale, map date, and connectivity to the
soil name and layer files for soil attributes. This version includes recent updates to the soil name and layer files and
the addition of Vancouver Island and NEBC mapping.

Soil_Sites.gdb (date: 2014-12-22)- this is the current version of the BCSIS soil site, pit and related lab analysis data,
including corrections to spatial locations for some points and to some attributes. Documentation regarding this dataset is
available at: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/esd/distdata/ecosystems/Soil_Data/BCSIS/

MoE also has a Soil_Data geodatabase which contains the full version of short table (with overlapping data) plus soil mapping
Feature classes that have not yet been integrated into short_table. This data is available upon request to: TEI_Mail@gov.bc.ca

Contact TEI_Mail@gov.bc.ca for more information.

Maija Finvers, 2015_09_23
BC Govt2015soilgbdFreeDataset
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BC Station DataClimateBritish ColumbiaThe BC Station Data page provides access to observations of weather and climate variables (such as temperature and rainfall amounts) for British Columbia from the Provincial Climate Data Set (PCDS). Locations of the observing stations are shown on an interactive map of the province which enables a user to zoom and pan to a region of interest, learn about the stations that are located in the region, filter the displayed stations based on observation date, weather element, observing agency, region and more. In addition to observations, users may download station meta-data that describes station location, available variables, observing agency and other basic information.Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)climate, climate change, weatherCSV/ASCII, Excel, NetCDFFreeDataset
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BC Surficial Geology Map IndexPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaPresented here is a surficial geology map index for British Columbia. The maps indexed were produced by the British Columbia Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), and Geoscience BC. We included only those maps available for digital download. Each map is represented by the actual map extent rather than a bounding box or NTS sheet that it falls within.BC Govt2016geology, soilmultipleFreeDataset
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Bedrock GeologyPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaDigital file containing a bedrock geology polygon coverage for British Columbia. Polygon coverage of geology compiled at 1:100,000 scale as part of the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, BC Geological Survey Branch mineral potential project, 1994-1996. Original coding revised and rationalized in 2001-2002 by D.G. MacIntyre, updated and revised in 2002-2004 by N.W.D. Massey. Coverage generalized on lithostratigraphic map unit (MAPLABEL) designation. New mapping completed after 1996 is being added to this file through the BCGeologyMap project, lead by Yao Cui. The draft BCGeologyMap2010 is available with QUEST Area Update. Related data sets are Geology Faults and Quaternary Alluvium and CoverBC Govt2005geologyshpFreeDataset
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Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification ( BEC ) MapBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe current and most detailed version of the approved corporate provincial digital Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) Zone/Subzone/Variant/Phase map (version 9, May, 2014). Use this version when performing GIS analysis regardless of scale. This mapping is deliberately extended across the ocean, lakes, glaciers, etc to facilitate intersection with a terrestrial landcover layer of your choiceBC Govt2014biogeoclimatic, ecology, vegetationmultipleFreeDataset
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Bioterrain Mapping (TBT) Detailed Polygons with Short Attribute Table Spatial ViewBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaBioterrain (TBT) contains polygons with key and amalgamated (concatenated) attributes derived from the RISC (Resource Inventory Standards Committee) standard attributes. TBT divides the landscape into units using the Terrain Classification System for British Columbia and ecological criteria. Polygon attributes include (but are not limited to) surficial material, surface expression, geomorphological processes, drainage class and aspect. TBT methods include manual air photo interpretation supported by selective field checking. Bioterrain mapping is integral to ecosystem mapping and its derivative products. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_ATTRIBUTE_POLYS_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.BC Govt2014bioterrain, ecosystem, soil, terrain, ecosystem mapping, inventorymultipleFreeDataset
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British Columbia Digital GeologyPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaBritish Columbia Digital Geology is the is the data source used to create the digital Geological Map of British Columbia. The latest release is based on a framework data model, which consists of attributed geological contacts and faults as linework, and outcrops or centroids as points attributed with bedrock information. It also contains: tables for geological units and colours; ESRI layer files containing bedrock colour symbols; and a map of British Columbia illustrating the suggested colour theme for the bedrock polygons.

British Columbia Digital Geology provides province-wide coverage of bedrock geology, consisting of integrated geological maps. The British Columbia Geological Survey releases updates as new data are integrated into the corporate database. Data within the current BC Digital Geology may include information that has not yet been released as GeoFile, OpenFile or Geoscience maps.

The data package includes a lookup table for geological units and colours (RGB); a number of ESRI layer files with the recommended bedrock colour symbols, compatible to various versions of ArcGIS (designated by suffix_a##_# in file names); and a map of British Columbia illustrating the suggested colour theme for bedrock polygons.
BC Govt2015geology, base mapmultipleFreeData Portal
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Conservation LandsBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaConservation Lands spatial and attribute data. This includes related information on various types/classes of land secured for fish, wildlife and habitat conservation purposes. It includes Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) designated by Order in Council (OIC). Source data are from Tantalis as well as the derived product from GeoBC.BC Govt2013conservation, wildlifemultipleFreeDataset
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Daily Gridded Meterological DatasetsClimateBritish ColumbiaGridded meteorological forcing datasets include observed daily station data interpolated to a resolution useful as target datasets for statistical downscaling and hydrologic modelling. Common variables include minimum and maximum temperature, and precipitation. The datasets hosted on this portal are all based on station data, but differ with respect to the selection of stations, their domains, resolution, record length and gridding methodology.Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)2014climate, climate changeASCII, NetCDF, ARCFreeDataset
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Digital Geology Ocean Base Layer in MapPlacePhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaOcean and coastline layer of BC located in the 2005 Geology Group in the maps of MapPlaceBC Govt2005ocean, base mapOn requestDataset
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Ecoregions - Ecoregion Ecosystem Classification of British ColumbiaBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaEcosections are areas with minor physiographic and macroclimatic or oceanographic variations. There are 114 ecosections in British Columbia varying from pure marine units to pure terrestrial units. Ecosections are meant to be mapped at small scales (1:250,000) for resource emphasis and area planningBC Govt1995ecology, biogeoclimatic, ecoregionmultipleFreeDataset
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Environmental Remediation SitesResource and land useBritish ColumbiaA layer containing data on known and potentially contaminated properties in British Columbia. A site is contaminated if its land, water and/or sediment are unsuitable for particular uses from waste that exceeds environmental quality standards.BC Govt2014contaminated sites, remediation, restorationmultipleFreeDataset
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Fire Perimeters - HistoricalFireBritish ColumbiaWildfire perimeters for all fire seasons before the current year. Supplied through various sources. Not to be used for legal purposes. These perimeters may be updated periodically during the year. On April 1 of each year the previous year's fire perimeters are merged into this datasetBC Govt2011wildfire, fire, ecologymultipleFreeDataset
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Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds - ProposedResource and land useBritish ColumbiaA Fisheries Sensitive Watershed (FSW) is a mapped area with specific management objectives intended to guide development activities which may adversely impact important fish values . FSWs within this set of data are currently in the review and consultation stage of the area designation process.BC Govt2015fish, aquatic ecosystems, watershedsmultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas Assessment WatershedsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAssessment Watersheds are mesoscale aquatic units designed to replace the 3rd order 1:50K watersheds. Assessment Watersheds are based on groupings of fundamental watersheds using FWA watershed code and local code, with a target size of between 2,000ha and 10,000ha.BC Govt2011watershed, hydrology, base mapmultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas CoastlinesPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaLinear coastlines of BC, including mainland and marine islands. Lines are directionalized and connected. Attributes include a hierarchical key and route identifierBC Govt2006hydrology, coastlinemultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas GlaciersPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaGlaciers and ice masses for the provinceBC Govt2011glaciers, hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas IslandsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAll island polygons. Note: Islands may overlaps as there are islands within islands (e.g., a lake on an island contains an island)BC Govt2011islandsmultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas Named WatershedsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAll named watershed polygonsBC Govt2011freshwater, water, hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas RiversPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAll double line river polygons for the provinceBC Govt2011freshwater, water, hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas Stream DirectionsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaPoints with rotations that indicate downstream flow direction. Can be displayed with arrow symbols to show flow direction. There is one point at the upstream end for each stream network featureBC Govt2011stream, basemapmultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas Stream NetworkPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaFlow network arcs (observed, inferred and constructed). Contains no banks, coast or watershed bourdary arcs. Directionalized and connected. Contains heirarchial key and route identifierBC Govt2011stream, basemap, hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas WatershedsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAll fundamental watershed polgyons generated from watershed boundary lines, bank edges, delimiter edges, coastline edges, and administrative boundary edgesBC Govt2011hydrology, watershed, base mapmultipleFreeDataset
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Freshwater Atlas WetlandsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaAll wetalnd polgyons for the provinceBC Govt2011wetland, watershed, fresh watermultipleFreeDataset
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Geology Quaternary Alluvium and CoverPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaQuaternary Alluvium and Cover is a data set that is represented as a cover layer on the maps of MapPlace. It is part of the Digital Geology Map of British Columbia Project that was designed to produce a seamless digital map of the Province with consistent geological taggingBC Govt2005geology, soilmultipleFreeDataset
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Gridded Hydrologic Model OutputClimateBritish ColumbiaThe Gridded Hydrologic Model Output page provides access to gridded, 1/16-degree (roughly 30 km2 at the latitudes covered) projections of hydrologic states and fluxes for three watersheds that originate in British Columbia, Canada; the Peace, Fraser and Columbia. Data were simulated using an upgraded version of the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC-GL) model, reconfigured to couple with an external dynamic glacier model (Schnorbus, in prep).Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)water, hydrology, modelCSV/ASCII, Excel, NetCDFFreeDataset
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Ground Water AquifersPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaPolygon features represent developed ground water aquifers in BC (that have been mapped). Most aquifer boundaries are delineated based on geology, hydrology and topographic information. Some aquifer boundaries stop at the border of BC mapsheet boundaries due to resource or data constraints at the time of mapping.BC Govt2011groundwater, aquifer, hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Hydrology: 100 Year Peak Flow IsolinesPhysical attributesBritish Columbia100 year peak flow isolines in cubic metres per second (m3/s) for 100 square kilometre watersheds and 100 year return periodBC Govt1997hydrology, floodmultipleFreeDataset
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Hydrology: Hydrologic Zone Boundaries of British ColumbiaPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaZones that represent areas of homogeneous hydrologic and geomorphological characteristicsBC Govt1996hydrologymultipleFreeDataset
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Hydrology: Hydrometric Watershed BoundariesPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaWatershed boundary delineated for Canada-BC hydrometric stations. Currently, watersheds were delineated using 1:50,000 scale boundaries in 1996, and many watersheds encompass entire drainages, instead of just the upstream watersheds. Note - Not yet available, but we are in the process of generating BC hydrometric station upstream watersheds using updated base data, using the following method: Within BC, watershed boundaries are based on the 1:20,000-scale Freshwater Atlas fundamental watersheds, and trimmed using the BC TRIM DEM used to approximate the height-of-land at the station locations. Outside of BC, but within Canada, watershed boundaries were approximated using Canada CDED DEM data for delineation (no "stream burning" was used) and some manual editing of boundaries was done to approximately match hydrology data after the fact. Within U.S.A., the USGS Watershed Boundary Dataset was used (at the best scale available for each drainage) to delineate the watershed boundary, with the watershed trimmed using the USGS National Elevation Dataset to approximate the height-of-land when necessary.BC Govt1996hydrology, watershedmultipleFreeDataset
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Known BC Fish Observations and BC Fish DistributionsBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThis point location dataset of fish observations is a regularly updated compilation of BC fish distribution information taken from a combination of all the official provincial databases including the BC Fisheries Information Summary System (FISS). Fish occurrences in this dataset represent the most current and comprehensive information source on fish presence for the province.BC Govt2005fish, aquatic ecosystems, watershedsmultipleFreeDataset
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Landscape Units of British Columbia - CurrentBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaSee the accuracy and usage WARNING in the Identification: Supplemental Information and Data Quality: Source Information sections. Landscape Units are spatially identified areas of land and/or water used for long-term planning of resource management activities. Landscape units are important for designing strategies and objectives to maintain landscape level biodiversity and for managing other forest resources. Landscape units are also used to initiate landscape unit plans, which provide direction on biodiversity, old growth forest retention, wildlife habitat maintenance and timber harvesting. LUs may also be used as planning zones for other stakeholders in addition to forest licensees and MOFR. This spatial view was created based on the selection from the layer LANDSCAPE UNIT SP, where the DATE OF RETIREMENT is null. Therefore, only current LU shapes are included in this layerBC Govt2008landscape units, base mapmultipleFreeDataset
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Map Place - Geospatial DataPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe table below lists the files available for downloading. File formats are zipped ARC Shapefiles in NAD 83 and either BC Albers or Geographic (decimal degrees) projection. Some files are in e00 (decimal degrees) and dBASE format. These files can be used with most GIS systems or the free ArcExplorer. See Notes & Links.

To order and purchase Base Data, such as TRIM and Imagery products see Base Map Online Store. Thematic data can be discovered, viewed and downloaded from BC Geographic Data Warehouse. Crown land data can be obtained from the Integrated Land and Resource Registry (ILRR) - register of legal interests in Crown and private land and resources.

See also Mapping/GIS Information to assist clients with the means of how to view data, acquire data, and produce simple maps of interest.
BC Govt2016geology, base map, miningmultipleFreeData Portal
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Natural Resource DistrictsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe spatial representation for a Natural Resource (NR) District, that is an administrative area established by the Ministry, within NR Regions.BC Govt2015FLNRO, forestrymultipleFreeDataset
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Oil and Gas Commision Stream Surveys (Public Version)Resource and land useBritish ColumbiaPoint locations indicating where a stream survey has been conducted for an oil and gas application. A stream can be classed as S1, S2, S3, S4, S5 or S6. This dataset contains spatial data collected through the Oil and Gas Commission?s electronic Petroleum Application Submission System (ePASS) on or after October 30, 2006. All stream surveys associated with approved applications are included.BC Govt2010streammultipleFreeDataset
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Old Versions of Biogeoclimatic MapsBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaA packaged product of superseded versions of the provincial biogeoclimatic zone/subzone/variant (BGC) maps replaced by finer resolution - excludes the current version. Each subsequent version of the biogeoclimatic subzone variant map of British Columbia is a result of refinements to either the mapping or definitions of the BGC units. The various versions of the BGC map are NOT a result of the BGC units having changed their spatial location over time.BC Govt2006FLNRO, forestry, biogeoclimatic, ecosysteme00FreeDataset
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Orthophoto Index, Selective View - All YearsPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaA BCGS map grid cataloguing all images in the Provincial orthophoto collection currently available for sale to the public.BC Govt2010remote sensing, aerial photo, orthophotomultipleFreeDataset
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Physiographic AreasPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaThis is a polygon feature class representing large, named, physiographic features (areas) in the province, e.g., mountains, mountain ranges, ridges, plateaus, hills, and valleys.BC Govt2015physiographic, gazetteer, geographical namesmultipleFreeDataset
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Predictive Ecosystem Mapping (PEM) Detailed Polygons with Short Attribute Table - 20,000 Spatial ViewBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaPEM_20K contains 1 to 20,000 PEM polygons with key and amalgamated (concatenated) attributes derived from the Resource Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) standard attributes. PEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. PEM uses a modeling approach to ecosystem mapping, whereby existing knowledge of ecosystem attributes and relationships are used to predict ecosystem representation in the landscape. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_ATTRIBUTE_POLYS_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE and PROJECT_MAP_SCALE attributes.BC Govt2010ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, bioterrain, soil, geology, landslideOn requestDataset
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Predictive Ecosystem Mapping (PEM) Detailed Polygons with Short Attribute Table - 50,000 Spatial ViewBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaPEM_50K contains 1 to 50,000 PEM polygons with key and amalgamated (concatenated) attributes derived from the Resource Inventory Standards Committee (RISC) standard attributes. PEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. PEM uses a modeling approach to ecosystem mapping, whereby existing knowledge of ecosystem attributes and relationships are used to predict ecosystem representation in the landscape. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_ATTRIBUTE_POLYS_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE and PROJECT_MAP_SCALE attributes.BC Govt2010ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, bioterrain, soil, geology, landslideOn requestDataset
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Predictive Ecosystem Mapping (PEM) Project BoundariesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaPEM_Projects contains Predictive Ecosystem Mapping (PEM) project boundaries (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, legends). PEM uses modeling to divide the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.BC Govt2010ecology, terrain, ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, soil, slope stabilitymultipleFreeDataset
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Provincial Obstacles to Fish PassageBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe Provincial Obstacles to Fish Passage theme presents records of all known obstacles to fish passage from several fisheries datasets. Records from the following datasets have been included: The Fisheries Information Summary System (FISS); the Fish Habitat Inventory and Information Program (FHIIP); the Field Data Information System (FDIS) and the Resource Analysis Branch (RAB) inventory studies. The main intent of this layer is to have a single layer of all known obstacles to fish passage. It is important to note that not all waterbodies have been studied and, not all lengths of many waterbodies have been studied so there are a very high number of obstacles in the real world that are not recorded in this dataset. This layer simply reports the obstacles to fish that are known. It is also very important to note that we are acknowledging these features as obstacles to fish passage versus barriers to fish passage. This is because an obstacle may be a barrier at one time of year but not at other times depending on the volume of water present and also, what is a barrier to one species of fish is not necessarily a barrier to another species.BC Govt2007fish passage; aquatic ecology, fish habitat, fish passagemultipleFreeDataset
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PSCIS AssessmentsBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe Provincial Stream Crossing Information System (PSCIS) is the provinicial repository for all culvert fish passage data. The PSCIS Assessment layer shows all points where an assessment has been completed on a crossing structure. The purpose of this layer is show the fish passage status (passable, potential barrier, barrier) of all assessed sites so that remediation efforts can be targeted at the sites which will regain the most valuable fish habitat. As the central repository, the layer will also show where work has already been done and allow future assessment works to be directed accordingly.BC Govt2013fish passage; aquatic ecology, fish habitat, fish passagemulptipleFreeDataset
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RESULTS - Forest Cover InventoryBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaRESULTS opening's forest cover polygons with inventory component provided. Current forest cover submissions into RESULTS must contain attribute and map information. However, there are historical forest cover polygon information where maps are not available. Forest Cover is provided at three critical milestones of at harvesting, at achieved regeneration and at free growing. This is part of the Silviculture and Land status Tracking dataset, which includes tracking achievement of silviculture obligations on Crown LandBC Govt2003forest cover, forest harvest, inventory, reforestationmultipleFreeDataset
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Seed Planning ZonesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaSeed Planning Zone MVW is a materialized view of SEED_PLAN_ZONE_GEOMETRY polygons joined with the SEED_PLAN_ZONE table. The materialized view displays the spatial polygons for each Seed Planning Zone (SPZ) for Genetic Class=B (natural stands, all species) and Genetic Class=A (seed orchards, each tree species has specific SPZ geometry). SPZs are areas of the province that are characterized by common ecological and genetic attributes for a given forest tree species.BC Govt2014silviculture, forest managementmultipleFreeDataset
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Site Productivity - Site Index by Tree SpeciesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe Site Productivity Dataset provides site index estimates province - wide for commercial tree species. The estimates are based on available ecosystem data (spatial delineations and descriptions) from existing PEM (Predictive Ecosystem Mapping) and TEM (Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping) datasets, coupled with SIBEC (Site Index Estimates by BEC Site Series: 2013 Approximation) data. In areas where no PEM or TEM data are available, site index estimates are based on biophysical data and species ranges.BC Govt2014ecosystem, productivitygdbFreeDataset
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Site Productivity - Site Index by Tree SpeciesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe Site Productivity Dataset provides site index estimates province - wide for commercial tree species. The estimates are based on available ecosystem data (spatial delineations and descriptions) from existing PEM (Predictive Ecosystem Mapping) and TEM (Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping) datasets, coupled with SIBEC (Site Index Estimates by BEC Site Series: 2013 Approximation) data. In areas where no PEM or TEM data are available, site index estimates are based on biophysical data and species ranges.

Site Index by Tree Species data is also available through the HectaresBC application, referenced as 'More info',below.
BC Govt2014invetory, growth, site indexmultipleFreeDataset
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Soil Mapping (SOIL) Project BoundariesPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaSoil Mapping (SOIL) Project Boundaries contains (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., soil survey reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, scanned maps, legends). Soil Mapping divides the landscape into units according to soil association, name, type, drainage, parent material, and texture. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.BC Govt2010soil, terrain, ecosystem mapsmultipleFreeDataset
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Species and Ecosystems at Risk - Publicly Available Occurrences - CDCBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThe B.C. Conservation Data Centre’s spatial view of publicly available, known locations of species and ecological communities at risk. This spatial view is split into the "Publicly Available Occurrences" layer and "(Historical) Publicly Available Occurrences" layer. The Historical layer includes occurrences that have a last observation date greater than 40 years and occurrences that are extirpated due to general habitat loss or degradation of the environment in the area. Use the field ‘Rank Description’ to differentiate between Historical and Extirpated occurrences in this layer.

All CDC occurrences are polygons that include locational uncertainty associated with the source data.
BC Govt2011conservation, species at risk, wildlife, plantsmultipleFreeDataset
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Station Hydrologic Model OutputClimate; Physical AttributesBritish ColumbiaThe Station Hydrologic Model Output page provides access to simulated streamflow data for locations throughout British Columbia, Canada. The streamflow data were simulated using runoff and baseflow generated with an upgraded version of the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC-GL) model that is coupled to a glacier model (Schnorbus, in prep) and routed with RVIC (Lohmann et al., 1998, 1996; Hamman et al., 2016). The simulated data includes daily streamflow time series for 190 locations corresponding to a combination of Water Survey of Canada and US Geological Survey hydrometric gauges and dam sites in the Peace, Fraser and Columbia watersheds.Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC)water, hydrology, modelCSV/ASCIIFreeDataset
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Stream Inventory Sample SitesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThis spatial layer displays stream inventory sample sites that have had full or partial surveys, and contains measurements or indicator information of the data collected at each survey site on each date.BC Govt2014stream, aquatic ecology, monitoringmultipleFreeDataset
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Terrain Mapping (TER) Project BoundariesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaTerrain Mapping (TER) project boundaries contains (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, legends) for terrain inventory, bioterrain and terrain stability mapping projects. TER divides the landscape into units according to surficial materials, landforms and geomorphological processes using the Terrain Classification System for British Columbia. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by 1.filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attributeBC Govt2010ecology, terrain, ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, soil, slope stabilitymultipleFreeDataset
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Terrestrial Ecosystem Information - Access to Maps and DataBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaThis page provides tools for finding, viewing and downloading Terrestrial Ecosystem Information (TEI) mapping and information including GIS data (.e00/.shp or file geodatabase), other related data, reports, and scanned maps (.jpg, .tiff, .pdf).

Not all products are available in all formats. Digital products are available at no cost.

Note: Depending on your needs, the information you are seeking may be available from several project types. For example, if you are looking for drainage and parent material or surficial material information, these attributes may be obtained from terrain, bioterrain, terrestrial ecosystem mapping, soil, or surficial geology mapping.
BC Govtvariousterrain, ecology, soil, vegetation, biogeoclimatic, slope stabilitygbdFreeData Portal
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Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Project Scanned Map BoundaryBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaSTE_PRJ_SCANNED_MAP_BNDRY_SVW includes an index of the mapsheet grid location of Soils, Terrain, and Ecosystems projects. These maps are intended for on-screen viewing or printing. The majority of the maps have been geo-referenced. Project mapping may not cover the whole map grid area. Some maps are interim or draft and may have been superseded. Some files are of related legends and map project text. Associated scanned map boundary attributes describe the project map (project level metadata) and provide a link for downloading the map, plus links to related reports, geo-referenced maps, and GIS digital data available from other sources. ATTENTION - The IMAGE_URL link is only useable by BC government staff. Public users can download the scanned maps by using the ECOCAT_URL link. There is no charge for the scanned map files. Note that some maps and more recent mapping may also be available in digital GIS format. See - Ecosystem and Terrain Mapping Data Inventory.BC Govt2011soil, terrain, ecosystem mapsmultipleFreeDataset
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Terrestrial Ecosystem Information Scanned Map BoundaryBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaSTE_SCANNED_MAP_BOUNDARY_SP includes an index of the mapsheet grid location of Soils, Terrain, Ecosystems and related scanned maps (including Agriculture Capability and Climate Capability maps). These maps are intended for on-screen viewing or printing. The majority of the maps have been geo-referenced. Mapping may not cover the whole map grid area. Some maps are interim or draft and may have been superseded. Some files are of related legends and map project text. Associated scanned map boundary attributes describe the project map (project level metadata) and provide a link for downloading the map, plus links to related reports, geo-referenced maps, and GIS digital data available from other sources. ATTENTION - The IMAGE_URL link is only useable by BC government staff. Public users can download the scanned maps by using the ECOCAT_URL link. There is no charge for the scanned map files. Please note that some maps and more recent mapping may also be available in digital GIS format. See - Ecosystem and Terrain Mapping Data Inventory.BC Govt2011terrestrial ecosystem mappingmultipleFreeDataset
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Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) Detailed Polygons with Short Attribute Table - 20,000 Spatial ViewBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaTEM_20K contains Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) polygons with key and amalgamated (concatenated) attributes derived from the RISC (Resource Inventory Standards Committee) standard attributes completed at a scale of 1 to 20 000. TEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. TEM methods include manual air photo interpretation supported by selective field checking. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_ATTRIBUTE_POLYS_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE and PROJECT_MAP_SCALE attributes.BC Govt2010ecology, terrain, ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, soil, slope stabilitymultipleFreeDataset
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Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) Project BoundariesBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaTerrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) project boundaries contains (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, field data, legends).TEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) project boundaries contains (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, field data, legends).TEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.

Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) project boundaries contains (study areas) and attributes describing each project (project level metadata), plus links to the locations of other data associated with the project (e.g., reports, polygon datasets, plotfiles, field data, legends).TEM divides the landscape into units according to a variety of ecological features including climate, physiography, surficial material, bedrock geology, soils and vegetation. This layer is derived from the STE_TEI_PROJECT_BOUNDARIES_SP layer by filtering on the PROJECT_TYPE attribute.
BC Govt2010ecology, terrain, ecosystem, biogeoclimatic, soil, slope stabilitymultipleFreeDataset
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VRI - Forest Vegetation Composite Polygons and Rank 1 LayerBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaGeospatial forest inventory dataset updated for depletions, such as harvesting, and projected annually for growth. Sample attributes in this dataset include: age, species, volume, height.

The Vegetation Resources Inventory (VRI) determines both where a resource is located and how much of a given vegetation resource (for example, timber or coarse woody debris) is within an inventory unit.
BC Govt2011vegetation, inventorymultipleFreeDataset
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Water Users' CommunitiesPhysical attributesBritish ColumbiaGeneral locations of active Water Users' Communities in BC. A Water Users’ Community is a public corporate body incorporated under Section 51 of the Water Act and to which the Comptroller of Water Rights has issued a Certificate of Incorporation.BC Govt2015water, water licenses, water rightsmultipleFreeDataset
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Wildlife Habitat Areas - ProposedBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaWildlife habitat areas (WHAs) are mapped areas that are necessary to meet the habitat requirements of an Identified Wildlife element. WHAs designate critical habitats in which activities are managed to limit their impact on the Identified Wildlife element for which the area was established. The purpose of WHAs is to conserve those habitats considered most limiting to a given Identified Wildlife element. This dataset contains proposed WHAs for the entire province except for the Omenica Region as there are none in the consultation phase at this timeBC Govt2011wildlife, habitatmultipleFreeDataset
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Wildlife Species Inventory Survey Observations - Non-sensitiveBiodiversity and conservationBritish ColumbiaNonsensitive survey observations of wildlife or their sign that originate from the Species Inventory (SPI) database. These survey observations are joined with various attributes from various Oracle tables to provide metadata, location, and species information about each observation.BC Govt2014wildlifemultipleFreeDataset
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WSA - BC WATERSHED GROUPS (50,000)Physical attributesBritish ColumbiaThe 246 Watershed Groups of BC based on the 1:50,000 scale Canadian National Topographic Series of Maps.BC Govt2005hydrology, watershedmultipleFreeDataset
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City of Chilliwack Open Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: ChilliwackOpen and accessible data is defined as non-personally identifiable data that is made freely available to everyone in one or more open and accessible formats.

Support
Please note that the City of Chilliwack does not provide technical support for the software in which the data is used. If you require assistance contact the developer of the software.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the data, please contact the City of Chilliwack GIS team at mapping@chilliwack.com.
City of Chilliwackvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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City of Kelowna Open Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: KelownaThe City of Kelowna is recognized as one of the most open and accessible local governments in Canada. Open Data gives those interested in certain aspects of municipal services or infrastructure easy access to data.

This Open Data option provides direct, free access to download the data in a variety of common, popular data formats.
These datasets are made available under the Open Data Commons Public Domain Dedication and License.

The City of Kelowna does NOT warranty the accuracy or completeness of this information and no representations are being made by providing this data. Any reliance on this information will be solely at YOUR OWN RISK and not that of the City.

Google google maps icon or Bing Bing map icon links will result in a display of the dataset in those mapping environments. The City takes no responsibility for the accuracy of Google Maps and Bing Maps.
City of Kelownavariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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Township of Langley Open Data PortalMunicipalBritish Columbia: LangleyOpen data for LangleyTownship of Langleyvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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Nanaimo Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: NanaimoOpen data for NanaimoCity of Nanaimovariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land use, lidar, orthophotomultipleFreeData Portal
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Okanagan Conservation Ranking PolygonsMunicipalBritish Columbia: OkanaganThis spatial layer contains the Okanagan Conservation Ranking Polygons, which is part of the Okanagan Region Biodiversity Conservation Strategy (Keeping Nature in Our Future). Okanagan Conservation Ranking Polygons classifies ecosystems into four relative conservation ranks: low, moderate, high and very high. This is a multipart polygon feature.BC Govt2014biodiversity, Okanagan, conservationmultipleFreeDataset
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RDNO Digital DataMunicipalBritish Columbia: OkanaganThe data download section intent is to increase the availability of Digital Data Sets produced by the Regional District of North Okanagan to outside users. The Digital Data will be provided in AutoCAD 2012 (DWG) format, as well as ESRI ArcMap10 (SHP) format. The listing of available content for download is shown within the Data Download area.Regional District of North Okanaganvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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RDOS - Open Data DownloadsMunicipalBritish Columbia: OkanaganThe Open Data Download page provides direct, free access to download RDOS GIS data in a variety of popular data formats. These datasets are available for use as outlined on the Terms of Use page.Regional District of Okanagan Similkameenvariouszoning, trails, parcel, OCP, electoral areasmultipleFreeData Portal
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Natural Disturbance Units for North Eastern BCMunicipalBritish Columbia: Peace RegionOminica Peace Region Natural Disturbance UnitsBC Govt2005natural disturbance, ecology, firemultipleFreeDataset
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District of Saanich Open Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: SaanichOpen data for SaanichDistrict of Saanichvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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Strait of Georgia Data CentreDatabase: VariousBritish Columbia: Strait of GeorgiaThe Strait of Georgia Data Centre (SGDC) is a collaborative program between the Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) and the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, UBC, to build a secure data archive for marine ecosystem information on the Strait of Georgia.University of British Columbiavariousecosystems, hydrology, marine, speciesmultipleFreePortal
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Surrey Open DataMunicipalBritish Columbia: SurreySurrey’s Open Data Program is one component of our commitment to be an open, transparent and accessible government.

What is Open Data

Open Data is the idea that certain data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions. The goal of open data is to:
Empower citizens
Help small businesses
Enable socio-economic development (health care, education, economic productivity, and scientific research), which is accelerated by better access to data
Create value in some other positive unforeseen way
Surrey's open data is made freely available under the Open Government License. Find out about personal information protection, license details and how to suggest a dataset from our Frequently Asked Questions.

Browse, Preview and Download data from our Open Data Catalogue by searching categories such as Environment, Transportation, Community Services, Finance, Infrastructure, Recreation & Culture, and many more!

Depending on your interests, you can design practical solutions for the City's specific challenges by developing applications, or doing research. To incorporate open data into your mobile app, mashup, or web map, take a look at our Developer Resources page.

Explore examples of how open data is being used in our Applications and Visualizations.

Can't find what you're looking for? Send opendata@surrey.ca an email for help or suggest a dataset.

- See more at: http://www.surrey.ca/city-services/658.aspx#sthash.hzZq5JKs.dpuf
City of Surreyvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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City of Vancouver - Open Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: VancouverThe Open Data catalogue provides free and open access to over 145 City datasets. New datasets are added on a continual basis.City of Vancouver2016planning, urban, parks, conservation, water, economic, administrationmultipleFreeData Portal
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City of Vernon Spatial Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: VernonThe geographical data is supplied on an as is, where is basis. The data provided is derived from a variety of sources with varying levels of accuracy. The City assumes no obligation or liability for the use of this data by any person and makes no warranty or representation, expressed or implied, with regard to the correctness, accuracy and/or reliability of the data supplied. This data represents a one-time capture of information as it exists at the time the information is posted to this website and the City makes no representation as to the accuracy of such information and does not necessarily include the ongoing updates or corrections to the source databases maintained by the City or other agencies. Furthermore, while the City does its best to ensure accuracy of its data, all data should be reviewed with a professional surveyor before detailed analysis and decisions are made. - See more at: https://www.vernon.ca/government-services/maps-gis/open-data-catalogue#sthash.Bivl5O7n.dpufCity of Vernonvariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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City of Victoria Open Data CatalogueMunicipalBritish Columbia: VictoriaOpen data for VictoriaCity of Victoriavariousbase map, zoning, topography, transportation, land usemultipleFreeData Portal
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Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data - Hydrology LakesPhysical attributesCanada1:1million Lakes from the Natural Resources Canada GeoGratis portal provided by the Earth Sciences SectorGovt of Canada2008lakesmultipleOn RequestDataset
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Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data - Political BoundariesPhysical attributesCanada1:1million Political Boundaries from the Natural Resources Canada GeoGratis portal provided by the Earth Sciences SectorGovt of Canada2008politicalmultipleOn RequestDataset
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Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data - RoadsPhysical attributesCanadaAtlas of Canada National Scale Frameworks data are standardized national coverages of commonly used geospatial datasets at the 1:1 000 000 scale. A variety of framework layers (e.g. hydrology, roads, ferry routes, railways, administrative boundaries, census subdivisions, population ecumene, drainage areas, protected areas and Canadian place names) have been integrated so that their relative positions are correct. Hydrology (which includes coastline) is the base layer to which all others are fitted.

The Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data, Road Network is based on 1:250,000 scale National Topographic Data Base (NTDB) road and ferry route datasets which have been assembled into a national coverage and updated using various reference sources. A selection of the network suitable for use at a scale of 1:1,000,000 was extracted based on road classification and linework was smoothed. In 2003 the resulting road network layer was fitted to the Atlas of Canada National Scale Frameworks Hydrology layers. Minor adjustments were made to ensure that the correct relative positionality of this layer to the National Scale Frameworks Rail Network layer was maintained. An update to the data set was completed in 2008.
Govt of Canada2008roadsmultipleOn RequestDataset
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Canada - Open Street Map DataPhysical attributesCanadaOpen Street Map data for Canada by provinceOpen Street Mapvariousbase map, roads, topographymultipleFreeData Portal
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Canadian GIS Data SourcesDatabase: VariousCanadaCanadian GIS Data Sources: I am sure that almost any geomatics professional would agree that a major part of any GIS are the data sets involved. The data can be in the form of vectors, rasters, aerial photography or statistical tabular data and most often the data component can be very costly or labor intensive. But it doesn’t always have to be that way, as there are plenty of great resources available that offer free open Canadian data that you can use with your geomatics projects to generate geospatial products. In fact more and more are popping up all over the web and some cities like Ottawa are even having contests to help promote the use of their data.

Over the past few years CanadianGIS.com has been highlighting and promoting various cities and provinces in Canada that have done a great job providing Open Geospatial Data and applications to the public. During that time there has been plenty of great praise, feedback and emails regarding these efforts in helping to promote Canadian geospatial data and ensuring that everybody in the geomatics community knows where to find data for their projects.

I created this page a few years ago to collaborate links of all the open geospatial data info (sites that offer data downloads at no cost and without restrictions), fee based geospatial data, online web mapping applications and other great sources of geospatial information (including National, Provincial and Regional levels). I am sure that this comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products will be valuable to many of us (as I get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so I will continue to update it when I learn of new information.

If you know of any other sites offering Canadian data (freely available or fee based) that may help others in geomatics and it is not listed here then let me know and I will update the list. In the mean time start using some of these great resources that we have available in Canada to generate geospatial products.

[page last updated October 2019]
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Earth Science Data - CanadaPhysical attributesCanadaData retrieval for Earth Science DataNatural Resources Canadatopography, geology, base map, hydrology, water, resourcesmultipleFreeData Portal