Open Data Catalogue

Goad’s Fire Insurance Map 1912 (georectified)

Data custodian

City of Vancouver Archives

Data currency comments

Data current as of July 3, 1912. Georectification (a process converting scanned map images to a standard map coordinate system) performed December 2014.

Data set description

This map shows the location, building materials and footprint of buildings; the original water line where it differs from the 1912 shoreline; some proposed developments; electoral wards; legal land descriptions; lot sizes; street and lane widths; and old street names that had been recently changed.

In 1912, Vancouver, Point Grey and South Vancouver were three separate municipalities District Lot 301 and Hastings Townsite had both been annexed by the City of Vancouver in 1911. All three municipalities are included in the map, but Stanley Park was not included.

The original paper map includes a third volume which covers New Westminster: this volume is not included in the data set.

Data accuracy comments

The original map was not intended to be used as one large unit. We have attempted to align the streets with the current street grid where appropriate.

The street network in areas undeveloped in 1912 reflects what municipalities might have planned to build, but in some cases did not end up constructing. Of particular note are the University Endowment Lands and south-east Vancouver, where what this map depicts bears no relation to what was actually built when those areas were developed decades later.



Buildings depicted in yellow are wooden buildings. Buildings depicted in pink are all other material types (brick, brick veneer, concrete, stone, etc.).


Some of the numbers on the map refer to where the information on the map came from, some refer to the Legal Land Descriptions of the lots, and some are descriptive information about the lot itself.

Numbers in circles refer to the Registered Plan that the mapped information was taken from.



Many of the numbers on the map refer to Legal Land Descriptions. Legal Land Descriptions are the unique identifiers for each registered parcel of land, assigned by the Land Registry Office. The Legal Land Description is made up of the District Lot Number, Block Number and Lot Number. All of this information is noted for each lot on this map.


District Lots (marked as D.L. #) are the very large numbers on the map. Some District Lots are very large and multiple adjacent plates can depict one. Some plates depict all or part of multiple District Lots; the boundaries between District Lots are shown as dotted lines.


District Lots are subdivided into Blocks, each with its own number. Block numbers are shown on the map in bold type in the centre of the block.




Blocks are divided into individual lots. Lots on the map can have multiple numbers drawn in or next to them. Numbers written in the centre of the lot represent the Lot Number component of the Legal Land Description. Lot numbers can be a combination of digits and letters, if the initial lot has been subdivided after initial registration.


Numbers written along the inside perimeter of the lot show the lot dimensions. In areas where lots were a standard size, such as in some parts of downtown, some dimensions may be depicted as ditto marks ("); this means that dimension is the same as the lot above or to the left. Check along the row of lots to find the dimension value.


Numbers written in the space depicting the road in front of the lot show the street address at the time that the lot was registered. Note that street numbers change over time, especially when lots are divided or consolidated.


Numbers written in the middle of the road (e.g., –66’-) show the width of the road.

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Coordinate System

DWG, SHP, TIF, Mr. SID, and ECW formatted data are projected in UTM Zone 10, NAD83 (CSRS). KML, CSV, and XLS formatted data are in latitude and longitude (WGS84). Not all CSV and XLS files have latitude and longitude.

Data set details

ECW format:

  1. Section polygon files - download from an interactive section map
  2. One single zipped file - download a single zipped file of the entire mosaic map (please be patient while downloading this 1.07 GB file)

TIFF format:

  1. Section polygon files - download from an interactive section map


This map is in the public domain.

Fire insurance maps are created to depict information used to determine fire insurance liability. These maps typically include information on the materials used in a building and, for commercial buildings, the business that operated there if that use affected fire risk.

Historical fire insurance maps are used today to aid research into the histories of neighbourhoods and individual properties, particularly the changes in site use over time.

This map was created by collecting information from approved Registered Plans filed with the Land Registry Office and on-site surveys. Please note that the street names reflect those of the day; many of the street names in the municipalities of Point Grey and South Vancouver were different before their amalgamation with Vancouver in 1929. Some streets in Point Grey also have current and historical names noted. After Point Grey separated from South Vancouver in 1908, some street names were changed.