Downloading Data

Download different types of data from a variety of resources:

Data BC

Freehold Coal

Web Map Services (WMS)

Google Earth KML

Base Map Online Store



Download Mineral Titles Data via DataBC

Use DataBC, a data and information gateway, to discover, view, analyze, download and mashup spatial data.

On DataBC searching and acquiring provincial data is divided into two components:

  1. The BC Data Catalogue provides access to descriptive information about the data, also referred to as metadata, which may include name, location, format, access and restrictions for the province's geographically referenced data.
  2. The Distribution Service allows users to order and download data via DataBC from a central repository known as the British Columbia Geographic Warehouse (BCGW).

Provincial geographic information stored in the BCGW can provide support for business requirements in natural resource sectors, government agencies, industry and also to the general public. You will be directed to a number of screens where you can login (using your BCeID) and then select data and reqest the format you would like to receive the requested data in. Your data will then be compiled, and when ready, you will reveice an email with a link to download the data you requested.

A list of the datasets and descriptions that are available specific to Mineral Titles Branch information is provided from DataBC Catalogue - Ministry of Energy and Mines and from our branch website.

Note: If you do not have a BCeID, you can register for a BCeID account.

You can still access BCGW without a BCeID and all Mineral Titles datasets are available to the public, however, you may have limited access to other data available.

For more information about BCeID, you can visit the BCeID homepage.

Freehold Coal

For our Coal Clients:  Mineral Titles Branch, MEM in conjunction with GeoBC, FLNRO, has created a spatial layer depicting areas of possible freehold (private) coal rights.

The information is collected when a land status for coal rights is conducted for a given area; therefore, the information is current at that time. Please note, this dataset is a work in progress. As the information provided is a determination of the status of coal rights at that given moment, it is subject to change. The information contained in this file is only updated if there is a reason to re-assess the area.

For areas where no information exists, do not assume that coal rights are available. It may be the area has not yet been researched.

Mineral Titles is making this dataset available to provide coal clients with a starting point for their own research and possible submission of a coal licence application.

Further research will be necessary to provide certainty and completeness of your coal licence application. Tantalis GATOR may assist with this additional research and is now a free service.

The branch intends to update this data set every 3 months, but as mentioned above, you cannot assume the data is current. Use of this data is at your own risk.

Any questions can be directed to the branch:

Mineral Titles Branch

Zipfile for download: Freehold Coal PUBLIC Distribution May-September

Web Map Services (WMS)

Web Map Services (WMS) allow you to view data using map visualization tools such as Google Earth, NASA World Wind, or ESRI products.  

  • Access WMS from DataBC:  you will find data relating to inventory, planning, management and monitoring of the extraction and depletion of mineral, sand, gravel, coal and petroleum resources.

Google Earth KML Files

Use the BC Web Map Library to find KML files for Google Earth.

How to download and view KML files on Google Earth:

  1. Select the KML option: "KML with GroundOverlays for use in Google Earth"
  2. When the KML loads in Google Earth, zoom in to your area of interest.
  3. Under the folder “Mining and Petroleum” in the “Places” panel, turn on your layers of interest. For example, check “Placer Claims” to view placer claims.
  4. Zoom in closely to see labels for tenure numbers.

Note: Many functionalities such as clickable attributes have been removed in this version of the BC Web Map Google Earth file. We suggest using map viewers with querying functionality such as those available in MTO.

Note about how current the data is:​

The most up to date data can only be viewed in MTO. Google Earth, iMapBC and the Web Map Services view mineral titles data that is at least one day old.

Base Map Online Store

Base Mapping and Geomatic Services (website)

Base Map Online Store is an online service which allows users to order and purchase selected data such as map data  (i.e. TRIM map sheets) and Imagery (i.e. TRIM Orthophotos).

Note: If you do not have a BCeID, you can register for a BCeID account.

For more information, you can visit the BCeID homepage.

The Base Map Online Store has an Internet Mapping Framework (IMF) application which allows you to zoom in to your area of interest to view imagery such as Air Photos, Air Photo Scans, Orthophotos, Satellite Imagery, Hillshades, and Digital Elevation Models. Some of the imagery available here is not available on MTO. This would provide an opportunity for you to see imagery that is surrounding or near to the area around your mineral tenure that might not be available on MTO. The imagery can be viewed through your IMF, printed, or purchased based on your needs.

How to access the Imagery?

  1. Click on “Quick Start” and login into the Base Map Online Store through the main page.
  2. Click on either “Air Photos”, “Orthophotos”, “Maps”, “AT Scans”, or “Satellite” to start the IMF.
  3. Once in the IMF, zoom into your area of interest. You can also find a location faster by using the “Search” button  at the top of the menu, which allows you to go to a specific location using functions such as Placename, Mapsheet, and Address.
  4. Once you are zoomed in at your area of interest, click on “Find Imagery”. There you can select Orthophotos, Satellite Imagery, and Hillshades. If there are more then one set of images available for your selection, you can select them by clicking on the specific image on the bottom right of the IMF.