The mission of the Alberta Geomatics Historical Society is to collect and preserve the history of land surveying in Alberta and to share the history in ways that stimulate and educate.

Surveyors have played a crucial role in Alberta’s economic and social development. From early pioneers like David Thompson, who mapped vast uncharted territories, to the advanced use of GPS and GIS technologies, surveyors have laid the foundation for organized land development, resource management and urban planning in Alberta.


Surveying the lands of First Nations and Metis settlements was critical for recognizing and formalizing indigenous land rights, shaping Alberta’s social and economic landscape. The survey grid system, dividing land into townships, facilitated systematic settlement and development. This grid system allowed for efficient land allocation and infrastructure planning, evident in Alberta’s towns and cities today. Surveys for resource development have identified and managed Alberta’s rich natural resources, driving economic growth and technological advancements.


As Alberta continues to grow, the role of surveyors remains essential, guiding sustainable development and contributing to the province’s progress.

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THE SURVEY OF THE ALBERTA-BRITISH COLUMBIA BOUNDARY 1913-1924

For territorial limits of First Nations or geographical limits of sparsely settled land, a boundary...

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