Topographic maps produced Natural Resources Canada are used for a wide variety of applications, from camping, canoeing, fishing and hiking to urban planning, resource development and surveying. Why? Because they represent the earth's features accurately and to scale, on a two-dimensional surface.
National Topographic System (NTS) map sheets offer detailed information on any particular area. They are an excellent planning tool and guide and, at the same time, help make outdoor adventures enjoyable and safe.
To help you understand what topographic maps are and how to use them, we have answered some of the more commonly asked questions. You will also find tips on how to get the most out of a topographic map, explanations of technical terminology.
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