Geographical Names Digital Products

Files of geographical names for individual Provinces or Territories, or for National Topographic System (NTS) map sheets, or by themes can be obtained in GML, KML, Shape and Text format on the Data / Geographical Names / Download page of the GeoBase Web site.

For many years, standard product files containing digital geographical names data have been available for sale from the GNBC Secretariat. Since April 2010, those files are no longer sold. New data products are available without cost from the GeoBase Portal, for example, as files for individual provinces and territories, and in various formats.

We have negotiated data-sharing agreements with our provincial and territorial data providers, and ten of those agreements have been completed. The agreements with Manitoba and with Newfoundland and Labrador are not yet final, but we expect them to be finalized in the near future. Until then, data for those two provinces are available only by 1:250 000 map sheet, in gml format.

Each name carries associated fields of information. Currently, to conform with the GeoBase standard for data distribution, 11 attributes are included for each record. We hope to add additional attributes in the future.

For further information, and to download data, please visit the GeoBase Web site. Click on Data, Geographical Names and then Download.

For information regarding the data, please contact:

GNBC Secretariat
Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation
Natural Resources Canada
560 Rochester Street, 1st floor
Ottawa ON  K1A 0E4
Canada
Fax: 613-759-6450
E-mail: geonames@NRCan.gc.ca

For information on GeoBase, and data downloads, please contact:

GeoBase Technical Support
SupportGeoBase@nrcan.gc.ca
Telephone: +01-819-564-4857 / 1-800-661-2638 (Canada and USA)
Fax: +01-819-564-5698

Other digital data products

  • The Geonames Query also offers toponymic data in many formats upon your choice under the "Output Options".

  • The Web Services also offers many ways to access toponymic data in a fashion that is current and automatic.