Topographic maps produced by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) offer detailed information on any particular area and are used for several different types of activities such as emergency preparedness, urban planning, resource development and surveying to camping, canoeing, adventure racing, hunting and fishing. 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. A topographic map is an excellent planning tool and guide and at the same time help make outdoor adventures enjoyable and safe.

If you wish to acquire a topographic map, they can be obtained through:

  1. a Map Dealer
  2. the GeoGratis website
  3. a Regional Distribution Centre, or
  4. a Certified Map Printer

For more information related to topographic maps, select any of the links located on the left hand menu.

To help you understand what topographic maps are and how to use them, we have answered some of the more Frequently asked questions. You will also find Tips and hints on how to get the most out of a topographic map, and explanations of Technical terminology.