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Free Printable Topo Maps

Update: In the comments, Ed gives the links to the government of Canada’s scans of the Canadian National Topographic Series maps. The links allow downloads of the maps sheets at 1:250 and 1:50 scales. Thanks Ed!

Free Printable Topo Maps‘ offers topographical maps of Canada and the United States for, believe it or not, printing.

Recently, this site has allowed me to look up geographical names without digging out or buying topographical map sheets. I now find the site to be an invaluable index of geographical data at my field site in northern BC.

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3 Comments

  1. Ed writes:

    Hi Tad,

    At a web location that gets no attention, the Canadian sector maps produced by the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Canada, are available for free via an FTP site. These are the maps that wilderness travelers, hunters, prospectors, and others take with them on their trips to remote locations in Canada, and they are available at 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 scales.

    ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix/

    The numbering system is not intuitive, but you can find a key at FedPubs for Provinces (they will also sell you these maps):

    http://www.fedpubs.com/topographic.htm

    And Natural Resources Canada (Centre for Topographic Information) for all of Canada (but is harder to use).

    http://maps.nrcan.gc.ca/topo_metadata/topo_click_e.php

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:02 am | Permalink
  2. Ed writes (and apologies for deleting all my comments!):

    Iskut is 104H (1:250,000) and 104H13 (1:50,000)

    ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix/250k_300dpi/104/h
    ftp://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix/50k_300dpi/104/h

    Here is a better search engine for map numbers:

    http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/topo/map

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:04 am | Permalink
  3. Ed … brilliant. I’ve been looking for digital versions of those maps for a long time. I always seem to find my way to GIS data sets and not simply to the scans of the actual top sheets. Thanks very much. Tad

    Tuesday, September 2, 2008 at 9:09 am | Permalink

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