Canada Maps

How to obtain a paper map?

To obtain a paper map, please choose one of the following links:

  1. Through a Map Dealer
  2. Through a Regional Distribution Centre
  3. Through a Certified Map Printer

To obtain free geospatial data, please visit the GeoGratis website. You will find topographic maps such as CanMatrix - Print Ready and CanTopo, as well as the Atlas of Canada and the Geological Survey of Canada maps.

Maps that you receive are up-to-date only to the year indicated on the map.  Therefore, care must be taken when using topographic maps to prevent unnecessary accidents or other losses.

To obtain technical information about paper maps and geospatial data, please contact GeoGratis.

1- Map Dealers

The purchase of paper maps can be made from any of over 900 map dealers across Canada, the United States and overseas.  To find map dealers in your area, please consult the Yellow Pages under ‘Map’.

2- Regional Distribution Centres

The Regional Distribution Centres distribute paper maps to map dealers.

3- Certified Map Printers

High-quality printed copies of paper maps are available from local Certified Map Printers for on-demand printing.

Provisional Prints – CanMatrix - Print Ready

Certain CanMatrix maps produced by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) contain a "Provisional Print" watermark in the lower left corner of the map. These maps have been printed by local Regional Distribution Centres and Certified Map Printers from digital files provided by NRCan. The maps bearing this watermark are authentic copies of NRCan topographic maps, and generally have been subject to preliminary quality control processes by NRCan. Minor adjustments to shades/colours may be required to improve the print quality if necessary.

The addition of the Provisional Print watermark provides Regional Distribution Centres and Certified Map Printers with the ability to quickly evaluate the printing quality in order to respond to requests from map dealers and end users. If the print quality is deemed insufficient, the CanMatrix - Print Ready digital file will be adjusted by NRCan upon request for the PDF and TIFF formats. Currently, only maps that sell in low volumes carry the Provisional Print watermark.

If you have further questions or concerns regarding Provisional Prints, please contact Natural Resources Canada.

Further Reading: Find out more about National Topographic System (NTS), The basics, UTM Projection and Map Datum used on topographic maps. You will also find Tips and Hints helping to use topographic maps.