Topographic Maps ... The Basics brochure
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Natural Resources Canada produces Topographic maps which 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.

Where to obtain a topographic map

If you would like to locate a Map Library in Canada, please see the Topographic Map Depositories section.

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

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