BC Hexagonal Grid

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

The BC Hexagonal Grid is a geospatial grid of individual hexagons covering the Province of BC. Each Hexagon is approximately 25 square kilometres in size, except at the provincial border where the hexagons have been split on the boundary.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 47.6° to 60.6°
Longitude: -139.2° to -110.3°

Additional Information


To provide a hexagonal grid of BC. This grid is used for linking with aggregated data related to broadband internet service availability, but can also be used for other mapping purposes as required.

Data Quality

The boundary used to cut the hexagons at the provincial border is based on Government of Canada data.

Lineage Statement

This data is derived from the Hexagonal Grid of Canada provided by the Government of Canada under the Open Government Licence - Canada. It is based upon the historical Spectrum Management Grid Cells which were previously used by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada for Spectrum licensing and management activities.

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Contact Information

NameMargaret Waldstein (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-12-13
Record Last Modified 2020-06-08
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: HEX_25SQKM
Comments: Hexagonal coverage for the province of British Columbia

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
GRID_HC25_SYSID HC25_SYSID NUMBER 10 GRID_HC25_SYSID is a system generated unique identification number
HEX_CODE_ID HX_CD_ID VARCHAR2 12 This code identifies each individual BC hexagon
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters.
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.