Historic Environment Spatial Layer

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - Heritage
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The Historic Environment Spatial Layer contains polygons and related attributes representing post-1846 historic places in British Columbia that are recorded on the provincial heritage register. It does not include any archaeological site information.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information

Purpose

This dataset was developed to provide public access to information about post-1846 historic places listed on the provincial heritage register database. It does not include any information on archaeological sites. Please contact the Archaeology Branch for information on archaeological sites in British Columbia. Use of this dataset is not a substitute for contacting the Archaeology Branch.

Data Quality

The dataset includes selected post-1846 historic places as recorded on the provincial heritage register database, specifically those that are formally recognized for their heritage values by the province or a local government under provincial legislation (Registered) and those that are no longer formally recognized (Legacy).

The dataset also includes some post-1846 historical sites located on lands in B.C. that are under federal government jurisdiction (Federal Jurisdiction), included for convenience only. For information about federal government property, contact the Government of Canada directly.

The dataset includes basic information about all listings: Borden number (ID number), formal recognition indicator (Y or N), and Registration Status (Registered, Legacy or Federal Jurisdiction).

The dataset may also include additional information if available/applicable, e.g.: name(s), location details, highest level of formal recognition under B.C. legislation (e.g. Heritage Conservation Act, Local Government Act, Vancouver Charter, Land Act, etc.), name of government entity that formally recognized the historic place, construction year, brief description of the historic place, architect/builder and functional category.

The Recognition Type displayed for each historic place represents the highest level of formal recognition for that historic place under provincial legislation (for Registered sites), or under federal legislation (for Federal Jurisdiction sites.) Note that a historic place may have more than one type of formal recognition. Please contact Heritage Branch for further information about specific listings of interest.

Although the dataset is updated on a daily basis, it does not include every historic place formally recognized by every level of government in B.C. New listings are constantly being added to the provincial heritage register based on notifications to Heritage Branch from local governments and other government agencies. For the most current information on local government formal recognition it is best to contact the local government in which your area of interest is located.

Disclaimer: This information is provided as a public service by the Government of British Columbia. This dataset and all of the information it contains are provided “as is” without warranty of any kind, whether express or implied. All implied warranties, including, without limitation, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and non-infringement, are hereby expressly disclaimed.

Limitation of Liabilities: Under no circumstances will the Government of British Columbia be liable to any person or business entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on any use of this dataset or any other website to which this dataset is linked, including, without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, or loss of programs or information, even if the Government of British Columbia has been specifically advised of the possibility of such damages.

Lineage Statement

Contact Information

NameSusan J. Green (businessExpert)
EmailSusan.J.Green@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Sub-OrganizationHeritage

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-05-08
Record Last Modified 2018-06-01
Resource Status completed

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_HUMAN_CULTURAL_ECONOMIC.HIST_HISTORIC_ENVIRONMENTS_SP

Short Name: HIST_ENV
Comments: The Historic Environment Spatial Layer contains polygons and related attributes representing post-1846 historic places in British Columbia that are recorded on the provincial heritage register. It does not include any archaeological site information. This is a polygon layer.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
HISTORIC_ENVIRONMENT_ID HE_ID NUMBER 10 HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT ID is a system generated unique identification number. This is a primary key of this dataset.
HISTORIC_ENVIRONMENT_SITE_ID HE_SITE_ID NUMBER 10 HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT SITE ID is a user maintained unique identification number.
BORDENNUMBER BRDNNMBR VARCHAR2 13 BORDENNUMBER is the unique site number. In BC, all archaeological sites and historic places are coded using the Borden system in which each location is assigned a sequence of 4 letters (e.g., DcRu) relating to a fixed map grid, and a number (e.g., 631) based on the sequence of recording of the site within the grid. The resulting code number is the site's unique Borden Number, e.g., DcRu-631.
HISTORIC_SITE_IND HST_ST_IND VARCHAR2 1 HISTORIC SITE IND is an indicator of whether or not the site is a formally recognized historic place, i.e., Y or N where Y means the site has formal recognition from some level of government (local, provincial or federal) and N means the site is known to exist but has not been formally recognized.
REGISTRATION_STATUS REG_STATUS VARCHAR2 20 REGISTRATION STATUS is an indicator of the site's registration status on the provincial heritage register, i.e., Registered, Federal Jurisdiction, or Legacy.
COMMON_SITE_NAME CMMN_ST_NM VARCHAR2 150 COMMON SITE NAME lists the name most commonly used for the site, e.g., Royal Roads University.
OTHER_SITE_NAMES OTHR_ST_NM VARCHAR2 600 OTHER SITE NAMES lists the other names of the site such as an aboriginal name, a historic name, an official name, a name assigned by an owner (e.g., Rose Cottage), or a street address (e.g., 107 King Street) if any. More than one site name can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., Former Royal Roads Military College; Hatley Castle; Hatley Park; Royal Roads Military College.
PARCEL_DESCRIPTION PRCL_DESC VARCHAR2 100 PARCEL DESCRIPTION contains one or more parcel identifiers (PID) or a description of the parcel, e.g., 024874132; 024874124 or 8 lots - see VanMap.
STREET_NUMBER STRT_NUM VARCHAR2 10 STREET NUMBER is the street number of the site, e.g., 2870.
STREET_NAME STRT_NAME VARCHAR2 50 STREET NAME is the street name of the site, e.g., West 47th Avenue.
LOCALITY LOCALITY VARCHAR2 50 LOCALITY is the city or town in which the site is located, e.g., Barkerville.
PROVINCE PROVINCE VARCHAR2 10 PROVINCE is the province in which the site is located, i.e., BC for all records in this dataset.
JURISDICTION_NAMES JRSDCTN_NA VARCHAR2 1400 JURISDICTION NAMES lists the names of the jurisdictions in which the site is located. More than one jurisdiction name can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., GIS Municipalities: Victoria; GIS RegionalDistrict: Capital.
RECOGNITION_GOVERNMENT RN_GOV VARCHAR2 65 RECOGNITION GOVERNMENT is the name of the government entity that formally recognized the site, e.g., Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Cariboo Regional District.
RECOGNITION_GOVERNMENT_LEVEL RN_GOV_LVL VARCHAR2 30 RECOGNITION GOVERNMENT LEVEL is the level of government that formally recognized the site, i.e., Municipal, Provincial, Federal or World.
RECOGNITION_TYPE RCGNTN_TYE VARCHAR2 40 RECOGNITION TYPE is the type of protection or recognition used to protect or formally recognize the site, e.g., Heritage Designation.
RECOGNITION_START_DATE RCGNTN_STE DATE 7 RECOGNITION START DATE is the date on which the formal recognition was approved or took effect.
CONSTRUCTION_YEAR CONST_YR VARCHAR2 10 CONSTRUCTION YEAR is the year of construction of the historic place, if known. If the exact year is not known, an approximate date is displayed, e.g., 1958.
CONSTRUCTION_YEAR_QUALIFIER CONST_YR_Q VARCHAR2 10 CONSTRUCTION YEAR QUALIFIER is the qualifier for the date displayed in the CONSTRUCTION YEAR column. There are five possible qualifiers: After, Before, Circa, Exact or <null>.
CONSTRUCTION_YEAR_DATETTYPE CONST_YR_D VARCHAR2 20 CONSTRUCTION YEAR DATETTYPE is the date type listed in the CONSTRUCTION YEAR column. There are four options: Assessed Date, Construction, Construction (circa) or Significant.
STMT_OF_SIGNIFICANCE_DESC STMT_SIGNF VARCHAR2 4000 STMT OF SIGNIFICANCE DESC is a brief description of the historic place as it exists today. It also identifies the boundaries of the formally-recognized area.
CRHP_IND CRHP_IND VARCHAR2 1 CRHP IND is an indicator of whether or not this site is listed on the Canadian Register of Historic Places (CRHP), i.e., Y or N.
ARCHITECT_NAMES ARCHTCT_NM VARCHAR2 300 ARCHITECT NAMES lists the names of the architects or designers of the site, if known. More than one architect or designer name can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., Public Works Department; RCMP.
BUILDER_NAMES BLDR_NMS VARCHAR2 300 BUILDER NAMES lists the name of the builder of the site, if known. More than one builder name can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., Galbraith; Smith, Roland.
CURRENT_FUNCTIONAL_CATEGORIES CUR_FC_CAT VARCHAR2 500 CURRENT FUNCTIONAL CATEGORIES lists the current functional categories of the site, if known. More than one functional category can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., Community; Leisure.
HISTORIC_FUNCTIONAL_CATEGORIES HST_FC_CAT VARCHAR2 500 HISTORIC FUNCTIONAL CATEGORIES lists the historic functional categories of the site, if known. More than one functional category can be listed in this field separated by ';', e.g., Community; Industry.
AREA_HECTARES AREA_HA NUMBER 13 AREA HECTARES is the total area of the historic place as recorded on provincial GIS, measured in hectares, e.g., 578.81293.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA 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 ANNO_CAD 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.

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