History of Survey Systems

In the earlier years of BC's development, various Crown land survey systems were used to define raw Crown land. View a 1975 paper on the PDF iconHistory of Crown Land Survey Systems, prepared by W.A. Taylor, a former Surveyor General of BC.

History of E&N Land Grant, Railway Belt and Peace River Block

In BC's history, there were several major grants of Crown land to railway companies to facilitate settlement. View an account of the PDF iconHistory of the Esquimalt and Nanaimo Railway Crown Land Grant, Railway Belt and Peace River Block, prepared by W.A. Taylor, a former Surveyor General of BC.

Descriptions of Land

This publication provides guidelines for writing and interpretation of legal descriptions. View PDF iconCrown land descriptions.

Land Districts of British Columbia

This publication outlines the land districts in the Province of British Columbia. View the PDF iconland districts of British Columbia.

Canadian Generally Accepted Land Surveying Principles

Published by the Canadian Council on Geomatics, this document outlines the PDF iconmajor principles that guide the land surveying practice in Canada:

  • Principles to guide the development of land surveying governance models and legal boundary frameworks.
  • Principles for providing Canadians access to qualified Land Surveying professionals.
  • Principles that guide the role of a Land Surveyor in Canada.