DataBC offers data connection services that allows users to view thousands of data layers from the BC Geographic Warehouse in geospatial software or custom applications.

These data connection services are listed in the table below. They are available in in Google Earth’s popular Keyhole Markup Language (KML)  and industry standard Web Map Service (WMS) .

To use the connection services you will need geospatial software downloaded and installed on your computer that allows you view KML or WMS. You can find a list of KML and WMS viewers here.

We recommend you connect the WMS directly to your geospatial software. Once you have established the connection, when we update the data in the Warehouse it will automatically be updated in your geospatial software. This ensures you automatically have access to the most up-to-date data without needing to repeatedly download the data.

We have posted step-by-step guides on how to connect to Google Earth and ArcMap, two of the most common KML and WMS viewers.

To connect hover your mouse cursor over the WMS icon for the service (e.g. Landownership and Status) you want to connect to in the table below, and right click. This will open a pop-up menu. Copy the link (in Chrome click "copy link address," in Internet Explorer click "copy shortcut"). Then paste the link into your geospatial software, following the guides provided.




Google Earth



BC Albers Base Cache

Base Cache using Google Scale Levels and BC Albers Projection EPSG:3005.




BC Web Mercator Base Cache

Base Cache using Google Scale Levels and Web Mercator Projection EPSG:3857.




BC Albers Roads Cache

BC Roads Cache using Google Scale Levels and BC Albers Projection EPSG:3005.




Quick Base

This wms offers base geographic features at 1:20 000 scale optimized for drawing speed.




BC Web Map Library

This service includes the entire layer library of Web Map Services, available as individual services below.




Administrative Boundaries

This web map service offers seamless, administrative boundary data for the province of British Columbia.




Administrative Forest Boundaries

Data relating to the subdivisions of the province for organizational reasons and used for forest administration purposes, e.g., districts, regions, timber supply, tree farm, etc.




Administrative Water Boundaries

Data relating to the subdivisions of the province for organizational reasons and used for water administration purposes, e.g., water management precincts and districts, community watersheds, etc.




Air and Climate

Data relating to patterns of wind, temperature, precipitation, etc., over a period of time, for a specified area.




Airphoto Systems

Data showing the points where the connection lines between opposite fiducial marks on a photo would intersect. It also relates to the same point geographically referenced on the ground.




Base Mapping and Trim

This web map service offers seamless, provincial topographic base maps at four scales: 1:6 000 000, 1:2 000 000, 1:250 000, and 1: 20 000. The 1:20 000 base map is Terrain Resource Information Management (TRIM).




Base Mapping Corporate Watershed

The Corporate Watershed Base includes linework, waterbodies, named streams, named waterbodies (lakes, wetlands), named coastal features (points, bays, channels, and islands), etc. The current version of CWB is based on the TRIM data completed in 1996.




Fresh Water and Marine

Data related to the management, inventory and classification of water resources.




Forest Grasslands and Wetlands

Data related to the inventory and classification of vegetation information into identifiable systems of biotic and abiotic components, including sensitive ecosystems and natural plant communities at-risk.




Geodetic Survey

Data relating to the geospatial reference used for positioning within the Province. The term geodetic meaning: concerned with the precise location (latitude, longitude, height) of points and figures on the earth's surface.




Geology and Soils

Data relating to the structure and composition of the earth, its physical and organic history, especially as evidenced by rocks and rock information as well as data relating to the naturally occurring, unconsolidated mineral or organic material at least 10 cm thick that occurs at the earth's surface and is capable of supporting plant growth.





Orthophotography, hill shades and regional imagery covering various portions of British Columbia.




Imagery – Spot 15m

This wms offers Spot 15m satellite imagery of the Province




Known Fish Observations

This point data shows all fish occurrence records for the Province that are currently available from corporate oracle databases. The data is a compilation from several data sources including the Fisheries Information Summary System (FISS) and the Consolidated Waterbody Surveys (CWS).





Satellite imagery covering various portions of BC.




Land Ownership and Status

Data relating to the ownership of land and the parcels into which the land has been subdivided. Includes the location and extent of registered titles, easements and utility rights-of-way, and surveyed highways and forest roads.




Land Use Plans

Data resource management direction as well as designation of resource management units for the purposes of Land Use Planning.




Licenses and Permits

Data relating to the right to access or use land for a specified purpose.




Mining and Petroleum

Data relating to the inventory, planning, management, and monitoring of the extraction and depletion of mineral, sand, gravel, coal and petroleum resources.




Parks Recreation and Tourism

Data relating to the planning, management, monitoring or protection of resources used for the voluntary pursuit of leisure activities and tourism in areas used for recreational purposes.




Pest Infestation

This represents a site infestation as an area (polygon).




Physical Infrastructure

Data about human-made physical structures, which support economic and social activities. e.g.: utilities, communication, transportation, buildings.




Provincial Fish Ranges

Data contains a generalized representation of watersheds developed from the 1:50,000 BC Watershed Atlas with each region coded for occurrence of freshwater fish species (including anadromous salmon in their freshwater stages).





Data relating to the management, collection, treatment, and disbursement of waste matter from commercial, residential or industrial establishments.




Wildlife and Plant Species

Data relating to the inventory of wildlife, and/or plant species (including species at risk), and the quantity and quality of a species habitat.