Finding a Location

There are several different ways of zooming to a location on AbaData 2.0. The Location Boxes are used to zoom the map into an area you are interested in viewing.

AbaData 2.0 Location Box

AbaData 2.0 Location Box


Find A Location by Dominion Land Survey (DLS)

When first loading, AbaData 2.0 defaults to showing location boxes based on the Dominion Land Survey (DLS).  Users wanting to zoom to a location using a Legal Subdivision (LSD) would use the DLS setting under the Find Location section and type the LSD into the Location Boxes.  The DLS location is made up of four parts. *The LSD portion of a DLS location is omitted when zooming in AbaData 2.0, although the LSD grid does show on the map.


AbaData 2.0 Section Box Enter the section number you would like to view in the Section box. This box can be left empty if you wish to view an entire township. If a 2-digit number is entered, the cursor will automatically jump to the Township Box.
AbaData 2.0 Section Box Enter the township number you would like to view in the Township box. If a 3-digit number is entered, the cursor will automatically jump to the Range Box.
AbaData 2.0 Range Box Enter the range number you would like to view in the Range box. If a 2-digit number is entered, the cursor will automatically jump to the Meridian Box.
AbaData 2.0 Meridian Box Enter the meridian number (west of) you would like to view in this box.


Find A Location by National Topographic System (NTS)

Instead of using the DLS system like Alberta and Sasktachewan, most of British Columbia uses the National Topographic System (NTS) to identify land locations.  Clicking on the NTS text in the Find Location section will bring up six boxes where you will be able to enter locations for British Columbia.

AbaData 2.0 NTS Boxes

The NTS locations consist of a Quarter, Unit and Block, which are all optional, and Group 1, Group2 and Group 3, which are all mandatory.


Find A Location by Coordinates


You may also zoom to a location based on known coordinates.

AbaData 2.0 accepts numerous coordinate systems, including Latitude and Longitude both in Decimal Degrees and Degrees, Minutes and Seconds.

lat deg

It will also accept Northing and Eastings in 10TM, UTM and 3TM in various zones.  To zoom to coordinates, select either the Lat-Lon, Deg-Min-Sec or Nor-East checkbox and then enter in the appropriate coordinates.

nor est

Once you have filled in whichever location boxes you have chosen to use, you can click the Enter key on your keyboard or click on the GO button to have the map zoomed to the entered location. If you enter in a location that does not have a geographic match, a notice will appear telling you the location does not exist.


Zoom Using Mouse Wheel

If you choose, you can bypass the Find Location section and zoom in on the map using the mouse wheel. The map will zoom in to the location based on the tip of the cursor on the map.


Zoom to Current Location


If you are outside of the office using a mobile tablet device, you map bypass all zooming commands by clicking on the arrow symbol just to the right of the Find Location text. This will zoom the map to the location being sent to your browser via your Internet connection.