National Topographic System Index Maps

We have developed the following series of six regional Index Maps showing the National Topographic System grid:

  • Atlantic Provinces CTI-11 (pictured below)
  • Quebec CTI-12
  • Ontario CTI-13
  • Prairie Provinces CTI-14
  • British Columbia CTI-15
  • Northwest Territories and Yukon CTI-16

These index maps are available from map dealers and Regional Distribution Centres across Canada.

How are NTS map sheets defined?

Each area defined by dark grey lines is given a dark grey number ("21", in the diagram). This is the first element in an NTS map number.

This dark grey extent is divided into 16 smaller areas defined by lighter grey lines; each of these 16 areas is labelled with a light grey letter ("O" and "J", in the diagram). The lettering begins in the southeast (lower right-hand) corner and zigzags to the northeast (upper right-hand) corner. The letter is the second element in an NTS map number for a 1/250 000 map.

This lighter grey extent is divided into 16 areas defined by fine black lines; each of these 16 areas is labelled with a black number ("1" to "16"). The numbering begins in the southeast (lower right-hand) corner and zigzags to the northeast (upper right-hand) corner. This is the final element in an NTS map number for a 1/50 000 map.

New NTS Index Map - Atlantic Provinces CTI-11

Note that certain maps do not conform to the regular NTS grid. These non-conforming maps have extended or reduced limits to accommodate the extent of the landmass and maintain contiguous areas. Reduced limits remove large extents that show only water and preserve areas that show land. Non-conforming maps help make the National Topographic System more efficient. Generally, non-conforming map sheets can be identified by their irregular lines on the grid; however, some non-conforming 1/250 000 maps are identified by a light/dark pattern of lines and repositioned labels.

To find the NTS number of a map, see the "Index" product on the GeoGratis Web site.

Further Reading: Find out more about the Map Scale, UTM Projection, and Symbols used on NTS maps.