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Keep an eye on this page for information on future events hosted or attended by the BC Geological Survey.


New annual publications

Paper 2023-01: Geological Fieldwork 2022, a summary of field activities and current research

Information Circular 2023-01Provincial Overview of Exploration and Mining in British Columbia, 2022

Openfile 2023-01: Mines, mine development, selected proposed mines, and selected exploration projects in British Columbia, 2022




New releases

Information Circular 2023-02British Columbia Geological Survey 

Information Circular 2023-03British Columbia Geological Survey Mineral Development Office

Information Circular 2023-04Online databases at the British Columbia Geological Survey




GeoFile 2023-01Exploration and mining in British Columbia, 2022

GeoFile 2023-02Exploration and mining highlights, Northwest Region, 2022

GeoFile 2023-03Exploration and mining highlights, North Central and Northeast regions, 2022





GeoFile 2023-04Exploration and mining highlights, Southwest and South Central regions, 2022 

GeoFile 2023-05Exploration and mining highlights, Southeast Region, 2022  

GeoFile 2023-06Lardeau Group mapping update – implications for ultramafic-associated massive sulfide and critical metal exploration in southeast British Columbia 





Information Circular 2023-05The Golden Triangle of northwestern British Columbia.

GeoFile 2022-14Lithogeochemical re-analysis of British Columbia Geological Survey archived rock samples from northwestern British Columbia

GeoFile 2023-07Remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS) for investigating surface sediments in the Interior Plateau of British Columbia: Methods, data, and products




GeoFile 2023-08Bedrock geology of the Dease Lake area: Supporting GIS, structural, magnetic susceptibility, and other digital data







Database updates

Digital Geoscience Data
The Digital Geoscience Data page is available for current versions of our regularly updated datasets. 

Assessment report-sourced surface sediment geochemical database
Development and initial data release from the Interior Plateau. British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, British Columbia Geological Survey GeoFile 2019-04, 9p., version 2020-05-15. Also available on MapPlace in the Assessment Report (ARIS) layer.

Property File
Property File has grown to more than 82,800 items, with recent additions from private collections and public release of the George Cross Newsletter. The MINFILE bibliography now links more than 9500 MINFILE records directly to Property File (EMPR PFD entries in Bibliography).

A Bedrock Map Index layer is available on MapPlace in the Geology folder. The layer displays footprints for most BCGS and GBC bedrock maps; the maptip provides a link to publication details and downloads. MapPlace now also has 1:50,000-scale NTS and 1:20,000-scale TRIM hydrographic features, road networks, and contours in the Base Maps folder.

Assessment report-sourced surface sediment geochemical (ARSSG) data are available on MapPlace as two layers. One layer shows all samples, the other shows the reports that have been digitized. Both have maptips that link to the ARSSG website where all result details can be viewed and report-specific kml downloads are available. The layers are in the ARIS – Digitized Data group under the Mineral Inventory Folder.

A new layer on MapPlace presents data from a Geoscience BC Project: Georeferencing and Data Capture of National Instrument 43-101 Reports in British Columbia: The project examined publicly available information about British Columbian minerals projects submitted to the Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) between August 2004 and October 2019 in National Instrument 43-101 (NI 43-101) technical reports to identify and provide spatial information. Information contained in the 43-101 reports was used to update MINFILE occurrences. The spatial layer on MapPlace provides the location of the reports.

Project information and publication release:


Assessment Report digital data submission

Please submit any digital data files (spreadsheets, databases, maps, grids, etc.) used or created in relation to the work described in the technical assessment report. Data can be uploaded through the ARIS Data Submission page, submitted by CD/DVD/USB when a report is filed, or e-mailed to Reports themselves must be submitted to Archives of previous assessment report data are accepted and encouraged for submission. Types of data to be submitted include:

  • Geochemical data: sample location information, sample descriptions/notes, analytical certificates (e.g. .csv, .xlsx, .accdb)
  • Geological data: station location information, station descriptions/notes, structural measurements, mapping polygons and features (e.g. .csv, .xlsx, .shp)
  • Drilling data: collar location information, azimuth/dip, depth, downhole orientation surveys, core logs, sample intervals, geotechnical measurements, analytical certificates (e.g. .csv, .xlsx, .accdb)
  • Geophysical data (ground and airborne): raw data, processed data (e.g. .gdb, .xyz, .csv, .grd)
  • Imagery data: LiDAR, orthophotos, DEMs, ASTER (e.g. .tif, .dem, other raw data files)
  • GIS Products
  • Any other raw or processed digital files used in the creation of the report

The British Columbia Geological Survey (BCGS) makes these data available for download alongside PDF files through ARIS once the confidentiality period ends. Availability of digital data enables future users to more efficiently build upon work completed in previous exploration and development programs.

Peer-reviewed journals, volume publications and contributions to partner publications, 2022

Araoka, D., Simandl, G.J., Suzanne Paradis, S., Yoshimura, T., Hoshino, M., and Kon, Y., 2022. Formation of the Rock Canyon Creek carbonate-hosted REE-F-Ba deposit, British Columbia, Canada: Constraints from Mg-Sr isotopes of dolomite, calcite, and fluorite. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 240, 107045

Cerpa, N., Sigloch, K., Garel, F., Heuret, A., Rhodri Davies, D., and Mihalynuk, M.G., 2022. The effect of a weak asthenospheric layer on surface kinematics, subduction dynamics and slab morphology in the lower mantle. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth

Jones, C.L., Orovan, E.A., Meffre, S., Thompson, J., Belousova, E.A., Cracknell, M.J., Everard, J., Bottrill, R., Bodorkos, S., and Cooke, D.R., 2022. Zircon O and Lu-Hf isotope evidence of mantle and supracrustal origins of Tasmanian Devonian granites. Gondwana Research, 110

Nelson, J.L., van Straaten, B., and Friedman, R., 2022. Latest Triassic-Early Jurassic Stikine-Yukon-Tanana terrane collision and the onset of accretion in the Canadian Cordillera: Insights from Hazelton Group detrital zircon provenance and arc-back-arc configuration. Geosphere, 18. 

Ootes, L., Milidragovic, D., Friedman, R., Wall, C., Cordey, F., Luo, Y., Jones, G., Pearson, D.G., and Bergen, A., 2022. A juvenile Paleozoic ocean floor origin for eastern Stikinia, Canadian Cordillera. Geosphere, 18.

Plouffe, A., Kjarsgaard, I.M., Ferbey, T., Wilton, D.H.C., Petts, D.C., Percival, J.B., Kobylinski, C.H., and R. McNeil, R., 2022. Detecting buried porphyry Cu mineralization in a glaciated landscape: A case study from the Gibraltar Cu-Mo deposit, British Columbia, Canada. Economic Geology, 117, 777-799

Simandl, G.J., and Paradis, S., 2022. Vanadium as a critical material: economic geology with emphasis on market and the main deposit types. Applied Earth Science. 

Paradis, S., Simandl, G.J., Drage, N., D’Souza, R.J., Kontak, D.J., and Waller, Z., 2022. Carbonate-hosted deposits (Mississippi Valley-type, magnesite, and REE-F-Ba) of the southeastern Canadian Cordillera: A review and isotopic data comparison. In: Peter, J.M., and Gadd, M.G., (Eds.), Targeted Geoscience Initiative 5: Volcanic- and Sediment-Hosted Massive Sulphide Deposit Genesis and Ore Systems. Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 617, pp. 39-87

Paradis, S., Jackson, S.E., Petts, D., Simandl, G.J., D’Souza, R.J., and Hamilton, T., 2022. Distribution of trace elements in pyrite from carbonate-hosted sulfide deposits of southern British Columbia, Canada. In: Peter, J.M., and Gadd, M.G., (Eds.), Targeted Geoscience Initiative 5: Volcanic- and Sediment-Hosted Massive Sulphide Deposit Genesis and Ore Systems. Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 617, pp. 129-163

Simandl, G.J., D’Souza, R.J., Paradis, S., and Spence, J., 2022. Rare-earth content of carbonate minerals in sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits, southern Canadian Rocky Mountains. In: Peter, J.M., and Gadd, M.G., (Eds.), Targeted Geoscience Initiative 5: Volcanic- and Sediment-Hosted Massive Sulphide Deposit Genesis and Ore Systems. Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 617, pp. 165-201