The Canadian Historical GIS

Downloadable Data

The datasets underlying the CHGIS dynamic map can be downloaded for use and analysis in a variety of applications.  Below are download links to the GIS data (in ESRI geodatabase format) and to the aggregate attribute data (in Excel spreadsheet format).  Downloaded datasets will come as zipped files with documentation (in Adobe PDF format) enclosed.  Since historical data are never perfectly accurate, users should carefully review the documentation in order to properly understand and interpret the scope, structure, accuracy, and limitations of these datasets.

Click here to see full documentation for the geographic data.

Click here to see full documentation for the aggregate data.

Click here for a full list of aggregate variables available in census years 1851-1901.

Geographic Data Download

The following GIS geodatabases are available as polygon layers at the Census Subdivision (CSD) level:

Aggregate Data Download

The following published census tables are available from CHGIS, at the Census Division (CD) and Census Subdivision (CSD) levels:

1901 Volume 1, Table 7 Population  14 variables

1891 Volume 1, Table 2 Population and Housing  22 variables

1891 Volume 1, Table 3 Population  16 variables

1891 Volume 2, Table 16 Land Occupation  17 variables

1891 Volume 4, Table 2 Crops  19 variables

1891 Volume 4, Table 3 Livestock  19 variables

1881 Volume 1, Table 1 Population  19 variables

1881 Volume 3, Table 24 Crops  16 variables

1881 Volume 3, Table 27 Fisheries  23 variables

1871 Volume 1, Table 1 Population  20 variables

1871 Volume 3, Table 23 Crops  17 variables

1871 Prince Edward Island Table All topics  120 variables

1861 Volume 1, Tables 1 and 2 Origins  25 variables

1861 Volume 1, Tables 5 and 6 Ages  145 variables

1861 Volume 2, Tables 11-12 Agriculture  75 variables

1851 Volume 1, Table 1 Origins  27 variables

1851 Volume 1, Table 3 Ages  150 variables

1851 Volume 2, Table 6 Agriculture  56 variables

1851 Volume 2, Table 7 Mills  70 variables