Geological Survey of Canada

Logo for Geological Survey of Canada (GSC)

The Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) is part of the Earth Sciences Sector of Natural Resources Canada. The GSC is Canada’s oldest scientific agency and one of its first government organizations. It was founded in 1842 to help develop a viable Canadian mineral industry by establishing the general geological base on which the industry could plan detailed investigations. Throughout its long and colourful history, the GSC has played a leading role in exploring the nation.  

Today, the GSC is Canada’s national organization for geoscientific information and research. Its world-class expertise focuses on the sustainable development of Canada’s mineral, energy and water resources; stewardship of Canada’s environment; management of natural geological and related hazards; and technology innovation. 

The GSC will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2017 which coincides with Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

PUBLICATIONS

Scientific and Technical Publications

Geological Survey of Canada Strategic Plan 2013-2018

DATA

GeoGratis

GSC OFFICES

Director Generals Office
601 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E8

GSC Atlantic
1 Challenger Drive
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
B2Y 4A2

GSC Québec
490, rue de la Couronne, 3rd floor
Quebec, Quebec
G1K 9A9     

GSC Central Canada
601 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E8

GSC Northern Canada
601 Booth Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0E8

GSC Calgary
3303 33 Street NW
Calgary, Alberta
T2L 2A7

GSC Pacific
9860 West Saanich Road
Sidney, British Columbia
V8L 4B2

1500 – 605 Robson Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
V6B 5J3

Canadian Hazards Information Service
930 Carling Avenue
CEF, Building 7, Observatory Crescent
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0Y3

Canada-Nunavut Geoscience Office
1106 Ikaluktuutiak Drive
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0

Contact us: GSC.info.CGC@NRCan.gc.ca

HISTORY OF THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF CANADA

The GSC is the country's oldest scientific organization and one of Canada’s first government
organizations. In 1842, the Geological Survey of Canada was formed and William Edmond Logan was
appointed as the Survey’s the first Director on April 14, 1842. Its mandate was to assist in developing a viable Canadian mineral industry by establishing the general geological base on which the industry could plan further detailed investigations. Throughout its long history, the GSC has played a leading role in the exploration of Canada.

No Stone Unturned: The First 150 years of the Geological Survey of Canada