​ Interactive Maps


The following maps show the current disposition of mineral rights in Alberta for different mineral commodities.

Please note: To use the interactive maps, all Pop-Up Blockers on your computer must be turned off.

Maps in PDF (Adobe Acrobat) format are also available.

Base Map Data provided by the Government of Alberta under the Alberta Open Government Licence.

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Metallic and Industrial Minerals

Interactive Metallic and Industrial Minerals Map 
An interactive map of the province of Alberta showing the current metallic and industrial minerals dispositions.

  • Effective May 1, 2006 lands returned to the land bank will not be available for acquisition for 30 days.

  • For more information see the information bulletin IB-2006-01.

Geo View System Overview Manual  PowerPoint icon

Sales Results Map

Sales Results Map
An interactive map of the province of Alberta displaying the most recent petroleum and natural gas and oil sands sale results. The map also provides information about existing petroleum and natural gas and oil sands agreements.

Geo View System Overview Manual  PowerPoint icon

Petroleum and Natural Gas and Oil Sands Map

New icon Petroleum and Natural Gas and Oil Sands Map
An interactive map of the province of Alberta providing information about Petroleum and Natural Gas and Oil Sands agreements as well as parcels available for bidding in upcoming sales.

Geo View System Overview Manual  PowerPoint icon

Ammonite Shell

Interactive Ammonite Shell Map
An interactive map of the province of Alberta showing the current ammonite shell dispositions.

Geo View System Overview Manual  PowerPoint icon

Coal

Interactive Coal Map
An interactive map of the province of Alberta showing the current coal dispositions.
Geo View System Overview Manual  PowerPoint icon

Other Government of Alberta resources

Oil Sands Royalty Projects Map

Alberta Energy Regulator Scheme Approvals Map

Alberta Environment and Parks Oil Sands Information Portal

Proposed and Under Construction Projects: Alberta Major Projects Map(oil sands related)

GeoDiscover Albertaexternal link icon(GDA) is a gateway to web-based Alberta geospatial information and services.

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Alberta Interactive Minerals Mapexternal link icon

Under the Alberta Geological Survey's Open Data external link icon section, this map is available along with many other maps and data sets.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about PDF maps are also available.

How to Read a Township Map

How do I print the map?

The interactive map system includes a print feature which prepares a pdf document based on the information and print format you select.  You must have installed a recent version of Acrobat Readerexternal link iconto print.  For more information, please refer to the Manual for Interactive Maps.

How do I save (download) the map without opening a map from the web page?

Once you have generated a PDF image of a map for printing purposes, you can save a copy of the PDF image using the Save feature in your browser. Alternatively, the Save Project feature in the system allows you to save the criteria you selected to come up with the current map. If you open a saved project, it will show the current status of that location. Please refer to the Manual for Interactive MapsPDF icon for further instructions.

When are the maps updated?

Interactive maps are updated overnight. The updated version is usually available by 4 a.m. If there are technical problems in updating, the updated version may not be available until later. However, you can still apply for agreements based on the information available. The Department will verify which lands are currently available.

Does a new map mean there has been a change in dispositions?

A new map is generated daily whether or not there are any changes. In addition to change in mineral rights dispositions, a new edition may show changes in client identification, restrictions, map features, etc.

When viewing the Interactive Map, I see a park boundary and a more extensive restricted area around the park boundary. What should I base my application on?

On the Interactive Map, you may see discrepancies between the area of the restriction and the actual location of the park or other restricted area. In these situations, the park boundary is more accurate. The restriction data layer is a different data layer from the park boundary layer. The discrepancy occurs when a restriction has been entered based on the nearest land key (Section, Quarter Section or Legal Subdivision), rather than the actual boundaries. For example, if a park boundary cuts through a section, the restriction may show the whole section as being unavailable. In these situations, turning off the restriction layer may give you a more accurate picture. However, keep in mind that a restriction near a park boundary may be there for other reasons. When applying on lands with this kind of discrepancy, the most accurate information on the actual boundary of the restricted area (e.g. a park) is available in the reports you can generate within the interactive map system. Where such discrepancies exist, you may apply for sections that show as restricted, and the Department will exclude any unavailable lands when processing your application.

Are the restrictions and freehold mineral rights for one type of mineral the same for other minerals?

No,each mineral type has its own set of restrictions and freehold (non-Crown) mineral rights are specific to each mineral type.
Examples;

  • Coal rights may be unavailable due to restrictions, but there may be no restrictions on oil and gas rights.
  • Sometimes when the coal is freehold, metallic and industrial minerals may be Crown.

To be sure select the mineral of interest first then view restrictions and freehold mineral ownership. More detailed information is available in the reports you can generate within the interactive map system.

Can I download data or shape files from the Interactive Map system?

A zip file containing the provincial Metallic and Industrial Minerals Agreement data is available within the interactive map.  To access this zip file use the downward arrow icon.

Will the Interactive Map System time out if I just leave it up on the screen?

Your session will time out after 15 minutes. This time-out occurs for all interactive services on the Alberta Energy website, not just the interactive map system. If this happens when you are using an interactive map, you will get a warning message. The map display will go back to the province-wide view and all displays and data selections will re-set to the default. To avoid losing your interactive map session, use the Bookmark function to save the location or use the Save Project function to save the selections made during a session. Please refer to the Interactive Map ManualPDF iconfor instructions on how to use these features.

Why do I get an error message when I try to open or use an interactive map?

Check to see if any Pop Up Blockers are turned on in your local system. If they are, turn them off, exit your Web browser and then reconnect to the Web Site. If you are still having problems, you may send a note to “Feedback” in the interactive map system. If you cannot access “Feedback” in the system, please e-mail CMD.Energy@gov.ab.ca or phone the Coal and Mineral Development Unit at 780-427-7707.  To call toll-free within Alberta, dial 310-0000 first.

What is the difference between the Interactive Map and the PDF version of the map?

 

Characteristic

Interactive Map

PDF Version of Map

Updating

Usually updated once a day by 4:00 a.m. based on the previous day's data updates.

Usually updated once a day by 11:00 a.m., based on the previous day's data updates.

Zoom in/out

When you zoom in you will be able to view information and details that are not available at lower resolution

When you zoom in, you get a higher magnification of the same image and the same information. At higher resolution the image may become blurred.

Moving around the Map

Can turn on/off data layers
Can move Up/Down, Right/Left
Can move diagonally
Can move to a Location by selecting a key (e.g. township, NTS map sheet)

Can only move Up/Down, Right/Left

Information detail

At higher resolution, the information is displayed as entered in the database from which the map is generated. The display is as detailed as the source data.

Information is plotted to the nearest section.

Data layers available

More data layers than in pdf

It is not possible to change the data layers in PDF.

Changing what is shown on the Map

A wide range of options for selecting an area; turning data layers on and off, etc.

It is not possible to change the data display in PDF.

Information reports

Can be generated based on current selection

Not available. You need an LSAS search to get this information.