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
  • This course is full - email [email protected] to be placed on wait list

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 has worked in the petroleum industry for over thirty years prior to moving to the Slocan Valley in 2007. He has over thirty years of experience teaching courses to students, he is one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP) and after 8 years on the board of the Columbia Basin Watershed Network he continues to serve on their science committee who offer an annual mapping program with Selkirk College. Richard continues to perform hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping, satellite image interpretation, and teach QGIS!




This course has been approved by the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) as a for-credit course! Students will earn 6 continuing education credits SER’s Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP) program.




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 3.6 version loaded and functioning (QGIS 3.4 also acceptable if you already have this). 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.

QGIS 3.6 can be downloaded from

If you use the OSGeo4W 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 Stoke Hotel with a special room rate of $89.99 + tax / night, includes continental breakfast, and new outdoor hot tub. To receive this rate you must call the hotel directly at 1-877-837-5221 and state that you are with the “CMI group.” Rooms held until April 19, 2019 after which they will be available on first come first serve basis. This hotel is located across on the west side of the highway but is still an easy walking distance to the college.  Ask them to direct you to the river-side path that will take you under the highway bridge.

If you are wanting to camp, we recommend the Lamplighter Campground which would only be about 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
  • Email

Mailing Address

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