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Digital Gazetteer

The Gazetteer of British Columbia is a listing of all official geographical names in the province, extracted daily from the BC Geographical Names Information Service (BCGNIS), the master database of B.C. place names. 40,500+ names are in the Gazetteer of British Columbia (to January 2013). The Gazetteer of British Columbia is free of charge.

2 formats are available:

BC Gazetteer.csv is a self-extracting Comma Separated Values file that opens as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. The file contains 40,500+ rows with the following values for each row: Official Name; Feature Type; Feature Type Code; Mapsheet; Datum; Latitude; Longitude. Size = 3.0 MB

BC Gazetteer.shp is a (compressed) standard ESRI point shapefile in decimal degrees. The file contains 40,500+ points with an accompanying attribute table containing data for each point: Official Name; Feature Type; Feature Type Code; Mapsheet; Datum; Latitude; Longitude. WinZip Size = 2.5 MB

The Gazetteer includes 2 documents: Feature Definitions (a dictionary of 200+ feature types identified with the province’s official names), and Feature Type Codes & Categories (a hierarchical listing to help users customize their own subset of the Gazetteer)

Visit ftp://ftp.geobc.gov.bc.ca/sections/outgoing/bmgs/Gazetteer/ to download the latest copy of the Gazetteer.