Understand the Legal Survey Systems

Understand the Legal Survey Systems

The most common survey system found in the Peace Country is the Dominion Survey System, which applies to the entire Peace River Block.  It is a system of Townships, Ranges and Sections, and Legal Subdivisions – as diagrammed below.

Survey_Diagram

A colourful and informative explanation of the Dominion Survey System, authored by Chris Rule, can be found at this link Dominion Land Survey System.

Surveys outside of the Peace River Block, for example south of it, in the Tomslake area of the South Peace, use Sections and Townships, but no Ranges.  The survey system found in the Chetwynd- Lone Prairie Area is an example of the District Lot system, which a surveyor has received a group of numbers for District Lots and surveyed them.  With this method it is more difficult to locate a property on a map unless it has a search by legal description function, as does iMapBC because consecutive District Lot Numbers are in the order surveyed, which may not be in the same location.