Canadian Topo Maps now available for download on "Secret" website

Monday, 06 October 2008
Topographic MapI recently discovered through that the Natural Resources Canada website recently scanned the entire 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 collection at 300dpi and is available for free.

The website is is really slim on the pretty graphics but you can navigate through the file tree and find the topographic map number you are looking for. Each map is around 60-85 megs when unzipped. If you don't know the map number you need, you can get it via the click able map of Canada.

I'm betting that you don't have a home plotter at home so printing the map as one piece will be difficult but any graphic software will allow you to crop out the section you need.

At a bare minimum, it will be fun for planning trips over the winter.

Now get out and start downloading!

Here is some homework. If anybody knows of a site with the same sort of thing but for Canadian nautical charts, you will make my year!

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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