British Columbia Geological Survey

The British Columbia Geological Survey integrates active research programs with historical data and, drawing on continuously advancing concepts and technologies, provides information to guide societal decisions centered on the Earth sciences.

The Survey is responsible for assessing British Columbia’s geology and related mineral and coal resources. Since its inception in 1895, the Survey has informed government, the mineral exploration industry, public safety agencies, environmental organizations, communities, First Nations, research organizations, and the general public.


Bedrock and surficial geology, coal geology, geochemistry, geophysics, natural hazards, educational resources, current projects.


The Survey's database-driven geospatial web service.

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The Survey's catalogue of publications.

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Assessment reports

Assessment report archives (ARIS and COALFILE).
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Mineral inventory

British Columbia's mineral inventory (MINFILE).
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Property file

Previously unpublished private documents acquired in the last 150 years.
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Mineral Development Office

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