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Geographic Information Systems (GIS): --Provinces & Territories

This guide helps you get started learning about GIS and how to find geospatial data.

BC Geographic System (BCGS)

Built on the National Topographic System (NTS), the BC Geographic System (BCGS) is used to specify a particular region of British Columbia.

It is good to understand this organization, as it can sometimes be easier to find geospatial data for BC by providing a BCGS grid reference instead of a placename, and these BCGS grid references are required when requesting TRIM data from the library.

Take a look at an online interactive map we created that helps you explore and navigate the BCGS (as well as other indexes) to get a better understanding of how it works.

BC Multi-thematic

BC Agriculture

BC Base Data (boundaries, cities, rivers, roads, railroads, etc.)

BC Economics

BC Elevation

BC Energy

BC Environment

BC Land Cover/Land Use

BC Transportation