Digital Elevation Model for British Columbia - CDED - 1:250,000

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - British Columbia

Digital Elevation Model (DEM) for British Columbia produced by GeoBC. This data is the TRIM DEM converted to the Canadian Digital Elevation Data (CDED)format. The data consists of an ordered array of ground or reflective surface elevations, recorded in metres, at regularly spaced intervals. The spacing of the grid points is .75 arc seconds north/south. The data was converted into 1:50,000 grids for distribution. The scale of this modified data is 1:250,000 which was captured from the original source data which was at a scale of 1:20,000.

The CDED data is available from the Federal government as well as one file for the entire province rahter than by letter blocks. See to download from the Government of Canada website.

The CDED format specification are available at

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


The data can be used in the generation of three-dimensional graphics displaying terrain slope, profiles and line of sight. Non-graphic applications include geoid calculations, terrain modelling, flood simulations and telecommunication studies.

Contact Information

NameGeoBC Inquiries (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
NameDataBC Operations (pointOfContact)
OrganizationGovernment Communications and Public Engagement
Sub-OrganizationCorporate Online Services

Access & Security

Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2012-02-20
Record Last Modified 2019-04-04
Resource Status completed