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Manual of Instructions for the Survey of Canada Lands, 1st to 3rd Editions

This section contains the general instructions of the Surveyor General published in the 1st to 3rd editions of the Manual. The 1st and 2nd editions are available online as scanned images only. The 3rd edition is also available online in PDF format. Most of the amendments to the 3rd edition are available online in HTML format. Consult the Guide to Standards for Surveys, Survey Plans & Survey Records of Dominion and Canada Lands (in preparation) for further historical details.

The Supplement to the Manual of Instructions contains information that at one time formed part of the Manual of Instructions. It contains directions for determining the astronomical and magnetic meridians, on the use of instruments, and on problems connected with surveying the various township systems of Western Canada. In particular, it contains a number of tables specially adapted to these township surveys.

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Availability of Manuals of Instruction for the Survey of Canada Lands 1-3 editions
Manual Date in Force File Format
1st Edition 1961 DJVU
Amendments July 1962
Amendments July 1963
Amendments 1-23 1968-1978 DJVU
Addition (Part E) August 1969 DJVU
Addition (Part G) July 1977 DJVU
Appendices A-T 1963-1977 DJVU
Addition (RS Plans) June 1978 DJVU
Amendments (Appendix C) June 1982 DJVU
2nd Edition 1979 DJVU
Addition (Yukon-Placer) May 1981 DJVU
Amendments July 1981 DJVU
Amendments (B9:10) June 1984 DJVU
Amendments (Appendix 6) August 1987 DJVU
Amendment 87-1 (C1:2) January 1988 DJVU
Amendments (B8:2) November 1991 DJVU
Amendments (INAC Agreement) December 1991 DJVU
Addition (BC Agreement) September 1992 DJVU
Amendments (INAC Agreement) December 1993 DJVU
Addition & Amendments
(Registration Plans - 3rd Ed./D5 Prelim.)
1992-1994 DJVU
3rd Edition Vol. 1 January 1997 DJVU PDF
3rd Edition Vol. 2 January 1997 DJVU PDF
Amendments (B1-2) February 1998 HTML
Amendments (D5 - Survey) February 1998 HTML
Amendments (B2-1) February 2000 DJVU
Amendments (B2-1) March 2003 HTML
Amendments (B1-2, Framework) December 2003 HTML
Amendments (B1-2, Schedule A) March 2004 HTML
Availability of Manuals of Instruction for the Survey of Canada Lands 1-3 editions
Supplement Date in Force File Format
1st Edition 1952 DJVU
Amendments (Copies - Scale) 1980-1983 DJVU

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