On June 21st 1967 at 2:30 EST. a simultaneous dedication in all Capital cities of Canada took place to honour the land surveyors of this country. The twelve Centennial monuments and plaques were unveiled to the public showing the important part the surveyor played in the exploration and mapping of our nation. Each capital city will have a brass cap which is a First Post in a unified system of precisely co-ordinated survey points. Some monuments have a document cache or a time capsule encased to be opened on our 200th birthday.
The first survey of land in Canada was made in 1625 on the St. Charles River near the City of Quebec and was made by the man recognized as Canada's first surveyor, Samuel de Champlain.
John Snow was sent out in 1867 to survey the Red River.Two years later J. Dennis, Milner Hart and Major A.Webb were sent out to survey a system based on Townships 9 miles square with 64 sections of 800 acres each. In 1871 a new system consisting on Townships of 6 miles square, with 36 sections of 640 acres was implemented.
DSL Surveror William Thompson met Sitting Bull and his war party after Custers last stand while surveying the prairies.
To Log your find e-mail a description of what is directly east and west of the Brass Cap. You can include pictures of the monument if you'd like.
First Post locations :
Quebec City (destroyed)