Introduction to QGIS

  • Start Date: May 03, 2019
  • End Date: May 03, 2019
  • Time: 9am - 4pm
  • City: Revelstoke, BC
  • Venue: Okanagan College - 1401 1 St W, Revelstoke, BC, Rm 105
  • Instructor: Richard Johnson

Workshop Description

The free, open source QGIS program is used and supported by a world-wide array of developers. Learn how to use this program to produce maps from public databases and your own knowledge. In a hands-on environment, students will load basic maps, add lines, shapes, overlay images, create contour maps, add labels and produce high quality maps for print or digital presentation. A basic knowledge of GIS will be helpful to students, but is not crucial.

There will be minimal formal presentation, most of student time will be spent working on their own computer with instructional support. Coffee will be available throughout the day and students are free to move about and take breaks as needed.

For a copy of the course outline, email


Our Instructor

Richard Johnson is a geological engineer who worked in the petroleum industry  for over thirty years prior to moving to the Slocan Valley in 2007. He is one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) and is on the Columbia Basin Watershed Network Board of Directors. He does hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping and satellite image interpretation. He has just over thirty years of experience teaching courses to students through his company Opus Petroleum Engineering Ltd. He can be reached at



Preparation for the workshop

Course fees are as follows:

Member Fee**: $180

Non-Member: $225

** You can purchase and/or renew your annual CMI membership at the same time as you register. See here for membership details.


Preparation for the workshop

Students must bring their own computer and have QGIS 2.18 or a QGIS3 version loaded and functioning. Students are expected to be able to open the program. There is a slight variation between the Windows and the Mac versions but both versions have been functioning perfectly in the class room setting.

Both QGIS 2.18 and 3.4 can be downloaded from

If you use the OCGeo4W download from that site you can have both versions working on the same computer. Details on how to install and run the program can be found at on the same site.

A data package will be provided to registered students. It will contain all of the example data that we will be working with in the class. Richard will also provide follow-up for one month after the course for individuals who have questions and problems.

If you wish to get a better understand of GIS before you come to this course, you could use these resources here.


Where to stay?

We have set up a room-block at the Monashee Lodge, just one block away from the Okanagan College. Discounted room rates are available for $80/night plus tax. This includes a continental breakfast and an aquatic centre pass. 250-814-2553. Please state that you are with “CMI” to receive the discounted rate. Rooms will be held until April 1, after that time rooms will still be awarded at the discounted rate if vacancy allows.

If you are wanting to camp, we recommend the Lamplighter Campground which would only be about 10-15mins walk from the college. This campground is well-maintained and has all the amenities. 250-837-3385.


The Columbia Mountains Institute would like to give a big THANK YOU to our event partner:

Okanagan College – Revelstoke Centre


  • Phone 250-837-9311
  • Fax 250-837-9311
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Mailing Address

  • P.O. Box 2568
  • Revelstoke, British Columbia V0E 2S0
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