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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

Bulletin 48: Landforms of British Columbia, A Physiographic Outline

by S.S. Holland 1964 (revised 1976)

Digitization by M.G. Mihalynuk 2009


View Entire Bulletin (Revised)(PDF, 11.2 MB)

Physiographic Map (PDF, 5.0 MB)

Figures (PDF, 119 MB)

Manifold Map (ZIP, 453 KB)

Shape Files (ZIP, 260 KB)


This bulletin is an authoritative account of the major land subdivisions of British Columbia.  It defines the boundaries of the various mountain, plateau, or plain areas, many of them for the first time.  Agreement has been reached with the Canadian Permanent Committee on Geographical Names, with Provincial Government officials, and with geologists and the various sorts of map-makers whose knowledge of the Province is most thorough. 


The form of presentation, and much of the subject-matter, is a reflection of the mind and the interests of the writer, who was a field geologist with a broad knowledge of the Province.  Concluding are five short essays that are written to clarify the text, and complete glossary of terms.


In 2009 Mitch Mihalynuk, a project geologist with the BC Geological Survey, digitized the PDF map, and the Manifold map and Shape files are provided with this publication.  The Manifold map includes the B.C. border and symbolized boundaries between physiographic regions. 


All printed publications of the BC Geological Survey are available digitally, free of charge, from this website.


For questions or more information on geology and minerals in British Columbia contact BCGS Mailbox or call toll free (B.C. residents only).


See also:


Mathews, W.H. (1986): Physiographic Map of the Canadian Cordillera, Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1701A, Scale 1:500,000.