Alberta Land Records

In 1872 the Dominion Lands Act was created to encourage settlement in the west

The Dominion Land Survey was used to divide the land into meridians, ranges, townships and sections. Each section was further sub-divided into four quarters (NE, NW, SE, SW). Each of these quarters has a legal land description, or legal land location.

For example, NE 26-49-28 4. NE is the quarter, 26 is the Section, 49 is the Township, 28 is the Range, 4 is the meridian.

Any male over the age of 21, or any female head of household, could apply for land, pay a $10 fee and if accepted, receive 160 acres. The settler then had three years to clear at least 40 acres and build a permanent dwelling.




Available Records

- Land Grants 1870-1930
- Métis Scrip Records
- Western Dept. Land Records
- CPR Land Sales 1881-1927
- Homestead Records 1870-1930 $
- Homestead Grants 1872-1930 $
- Some municipal offices have land records and/or property maps available by request (some charge a small fee).

Learn More:
- Dominion Land Survey
- Mapping Western Canada
- Find a Land Location
- Township Map

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