Heritage Survey Program
The primary activity of the Alberta Heritage Survey Program is the maintenance of a database of almost 100,000 records of non-archaeological historic places within the province. The Alberta Heritage Survey (AHS) contains information gathered as early as 1971, and has been continuously added to since then.
A wide variety of site types is represented, from geological and natural features, to houses, grain elevators, train stations and barns. The main emphasis of the AHS is historic buildings and other structures, usually more than 50 years of age.
Information on file includes details of architectural characteristics, history, designation status, location and photographs. The AHS provides a base of knowledge upon which informed decisions relating to Alberta's historic resources can be made.
- Click here to to view a Provincial Archives of Alberta exhibit about the Heritage Survey Program photographic collection.
The Alberta Heritage Survey works with the Municipal Heritage Partnership Program, heritage groups, consultants and individuals to document Alberta's historic places.
- Click here to access information on how to conduct a heritage survey in your community (see: "Identifying Historic Places: Part 1 - Conducting a Municipal Heritage Survey," part of the publication, Creating a Future for Alberta's Historic Places).
- Click here for a pdf version of the Heritage Survey Form.
- Click here for a pdf version of the Heritage Survey Form: Additional Views
HeRMIS: The online Alberta Heritage Survey database
The AHS is comprised of paper records, photographs and negatives. Most of the written information has been transcribed to a computer database, which is accessible via the Heritage Management Information System (HeRMIS) website on the internet. Some of the records have images attached, and more photos are being added all the time.
- Click here to access the online Alberta Heritage Survey database.
The Alberta Heritage Survey eForm
New records can be added to the AHS via the internet. Approved projects and individuals can submit data to the Coordinator of the Heritage Survey, using the Alberta Heritage Survey eForm.
- Click here to access the data entry portal.
- Click here to learn how to access and use the AHS eForm.
- Click here to learn more about AHS documentation procedures (see: "Identifying Historic Places: Part 2 - Heritage Survey Field Guide," and "Part 3 - Heritage Survey Codes," parts of the publication, Creating a Future for Alberta's Historic Places).
Historical Walking and Driving Tours
In partnership with communities across the province, the AHS has produced a series of walking and driving tour booklets.
- Click here to access pdf files for tours of 22 communities.
For further information, contact the Heritage Survey Program Coordinator.