Maps

Topographic Maps ... The Basics brochure
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Topographic maps produced by 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.

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

For more information on how to obtain geospatial data, please see the GeoGratis website.

To help you understand what topographic maps are and how to use them, see The basics. You will also find Tips and Hints.

Be sure to browse our list of Map Dealers in Canada or overseas. If you would like to locate a Map Library in Canada, please see the Map Depositories section.

Note on Provisional Prints.