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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

latitude: 49.24, longitude: -123.05
Browse map of Vancouver 49°14′24.00″ N, 123°03′00.00″ W
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Vancouver is a city in British Columbia, Canada at latitude 49°14′24.00″ North, longitude 123°03′00.00″ West.

Mapping in Vancouver

Due to the release of mapping data by the government of Canada, the GeoBase_Import was completed on 2010-02-12. This import was a non-destructive merge import, where existing OSM data is left alone and only new data is imported in. The import for Vancouver and surrounding areas (including Whistler) was completed on February 12, 2010, and much work has been done since to correct any errors and fill out missing data.

High-quality aerial photography is available for much of the region from pnorman's server of mapping data by the government of Canada, the GeoBase_Import was c. This imagery is available in josm as "British Columbia Mosaic".

For those interested in mapping the North Shore mountains, see here.


The individual events are announced on the group OpenStreetMap Vancouver.

Specific work pages

Public transport

Bounding boxes

The following bounding boxes are useful when performing queries with the xapi

  • Vancouver bbox=-123.27,49.195,-123.020,49.315
  • GVRD bbox=-123.45,48.99,-122.45,49.49
  • UBC bbox=-123.27,49.24,-123.225,49.28

Tagging Guidelines

We are following the Canadian tagging guidelines for tagging our streets.



  • As well as the 1 degree x 1 degree OSM tile here for the 1st half and here for the 2nd. From ComputerTeddy's map. It's a zip file, just needs to be unziped. You can use sendmap to get the maps on your garmin device.

GIS sources by city

A number of cities have GIS and orthography available. Just because a city is listed in this table does not mean the data can be used with OSM, this is a listing of cities, not usable sources.

Table fully updated Jul 2017 by alarobric. Several new datasets are now available under OGL-CA type licenses.

City Location License Offerings
Metro Vancouver (GVRD) License unavailable but listed as open. Contacted by alarobric Park trails, land use across region
Burnaby OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - would need to get a FIPPA statement 2016 10cm orthophotos, LIDAR, waterways, addresses, streets, parks, bike trails, hydrants, etc.
Coquitlam Nothing found
Delta Nothing found
City of Langley Nothing found One person GIS shop, no manpower (Contacted by Pnorman)
Township of Langley OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - would need to get a FIPPA statement Orthophotos; Cemetaries, boundaries, land parcels, parks, rail lines, trails
Maple Ridge Nothing found
New Westminster Was restrictive (Contacted by Pnorman, not willing to release)

Now OGL-BC 2.0 with names changed to New Westminster. Contacted by alarobric and they added the following to the license. Based on licensing discussion for Vancouver I believe this makes it appropriate for use in OSM. "Please note with reference to the exemptions listed below, all datasets published in the City of New Westminster Open Data collection are released in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act of British Columbia."

Addresses, buildings, business licenses, landuse, neighborhoods, parcels, parks, trails
City of North Vancouver Nothing found
District of North Vancouver OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - would need to get a FIPPA statement Orthography; Address, bike routes, buildings, bus routes and stops, churches, creeks, fences, fields, helipads, islands, lakes, landuse, bins, neighborhoods, playgrounds, parks, postal areas, railways, trails
Pitt Meadows Nothing found
Port Coquitlam Nothing found
Port Moody Nothing found Contractors only
Richmond Restrictive

OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - would need to get a FIPPA statement Extensive GIS data, newer orthography now available as well, 2010 40cm orthography in GeoTiff, late 2010 10cm orthography in a slippy map on cosmos

Lots, parks, addresses, etc.

Tsawwassen First Nation
Vancouver Open Government License (Vancouver) 1.0 - OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - requires statement from CoV for use, see pduncan notes: Property Information dataset is cleared for use by CoV GIS data, 2006-2011 orthophotos (10cm), much other misc data
West Vancouver Nothing found
White Rock OGL(BC) 2.0-equivalent - would need to get a FIPPA statement Parcel, address, building, parks, bike routes, bus route/stops, landuse, sport facilities, traffic lights, playgrounds, etc.

University of British Columbia

A large import from Plant Operations data was made by pnorman in Feb-March 2011.


See also

  • [1] - Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority
  • [2] vancouver mls
  • BBBike @ Vancouver - a cycle route planner for Vancouver