Mapping Tools

Mapping Tools

The provincial government offers a variety of free web-based mapping programs and tools to the public. You can use these mapping programs to create maps and drawings for your application, or to research the land base for existing interests prior to submitting an application.

This page describes and compares some of the most commonly-used mapping programs within the Natural Resource Sector and will help you decide which one is most suitable for your needs. For a detailed comparison of the various mapping programs, please review the Comparison Tools document at the bottom of this page.

If you require assistance using the Mapping Tools Comparison Document or understanding the Mapping Tools descriptions, please contact FrontCounter BC

 

Natural Resource Sector Online Services: Explore by Location

Focus:  Single point of access Natural Resource Sector website to assist you in applying for all natural resource applications.

Provides a single point of access to information about natural resource activities. It includes tools to research and prepare an authorization application, guidance to inform you of the requirements and obligations related to your planned activity, and the ability to apply for any natural resource-based activity. This site Includes guidance on activities, a web map and reporting functions to assist in evaluating existing activity on the land base.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

Discovery Tool

Focus:  Google Earth tool with Natural Resource Sector related data layers

Has various land interest layers pre-loaded into Google Earth  that provides basic information on how the land base is currently used

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

ILRR

Focus: Tenures based web map

Web mapping tool for viewing  over 280 different legal interests on crown land, including tenures, land and resource uses, information on

crown/private land parcels. Primary function is to upload a shapefile, and produce a report. There are several  report types to choose from.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

iMapBC

FocusGeneral map viewer

Web mapping tool for viewing a large variety of natural resource spatial data, including land interest layers. Can upload shape files and text files,

or draw a shape on screen and drill-down for detailed information on areas that overlap your area of interest. Includes some analysis tools to

create data queries, or run pre-canned reports.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

Mineral Map Viewers

Focus: Mineral, Placer and Coal Titles

CWM is the map viewer used for title and reserve site searches and event registrations where a map is provided to select cells or titles. This

 includes event registrations such as acquisition, reduction and subdivision. 

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

(limited)

 

IMF2 is the mapping and query tool map viewer. This service provides tools for map creation, drawing or markup, and printing. This viewer

also allows for detailed searches of mineral, placer and coal titles; mineral and coal land reserves; primary parcels; crown grants or wildlife

features among others.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 (download only)

 

Online Cadastre

Focus: Crown Land Cadastre

Web mapping application that provides access to BC Crown land cadastral information and other geographic information.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

(upload only)

 

Mapview

Focus: Forestry

Web mapping tool specific to forestry related data and activities. Allows any user with a BCeID or IDIR account the ability to view data, do

some basic analysis and map mark-up.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

BC Water Resource Atlas

Focus: Water

iMAP application specific to water data. Allows you to query and find detailed water and related data such as watersheds, water quantity 

& quality monitoring sites, aquifers, water wells and flood protection.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

BC Agriculture Water Calculator

Focus: Agricultural Water Use

The BC Agriculture Water Calculator helps agriculture water users in British Columbia estimate the annual irrigation or livestock water demand

for a farm. Irrigation water demand estimates are made based on the geographic location of the farm, as well as its soil type, crop type and

type of irrigation. Livestock water demand estimates are made for a given number and type of animals

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

(limited)

 

Water Licence Query Tool

Focus: Water use

Online application (not map based) that provides information on authorized water use in BC by searching the stream name, water use purpose, and//or water licence number.

View Specific Data Layers

Upload / download  an Area of interest

Create your own Area of Interest

Ability to Search or Query data

Create a map

Reporting functions

Guidance documents for activities

 

More Information on Mapping Tools

If you would like to know more about the above Mapping Tools and the differences between them, please refer to our Mapping Tools Comparison Document.