What is BC's Challenger Map?
The Challenger Relief Map of British Columbia is a monumental, hand built
80-by-76 foot topographic map of the province. Built by George Challenger and his family from 1947 to 1954, it features all of B.C.'s mountains, lakes, rivers and valleys in exact-scaled topographical detail.
Residing in the British Columbia Pavilion at the PNE in Vancouver from 1954 to 1997 it was viewed by millions of visitors.
The Guinness Book of Records cites the Challenger Map as the largest of its' kind in the world. The map in its entirety occupies 6,080 square feet (1,850 square metres) of space.
The Challenger Map is a unique artistic treasure and gives an incredible view of British Columbia's geography and terrain. Given its teaching power and popularity, it is critical that the map be relocated to a place where it can be seen and enjoyed by future generations.
The Challenger Map is on course to find a new home where it can be viewed by future generations of BC citizens and visitors alike!
The most important step is finding a suitable home for the map and the other events and educational amenities that will attract locals and visitors alike.
The Challenger Map Foundation and advisory group would be pleased to hear your ideas about the future residence for the map.
Become a Guardian of the Challenger Map.
Funding for the restoration of the map and for the research and development of a new home for it will be the next key requirement for the return to glory of the Challenger Relief Map of British Columbia.
Please go to our GUARDIANS page for more details about how you can be an important partner in its future.
Challenger Map in the BC Pavilion, PNE, from 1954 to 1997.
Detail of the map. Each layer equals 250 vertical feet.
Relocating map storage modules at Air Canada facility