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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 16th, 2014, 10:16 pm 
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A map maker I discovered recently is http://www.caltopo.com. It is the simplest process I have come across. It is fast, free and lets you create and share PDF maps in different sizes, using exact scales, directly from your web browser. There are lots of map layer options. Canadian topo layers are NR Canada, Canmatrix and USGS 7.5' Topos. You can create high quality PDF's and print them at home or wherever. There are also lots of print options:

Exact scales - 1:2400, 1:2500, 1:50000, 1:62500, 1:63,360, or custom
Page print size - 8.5x11, 11x17, 13x19
Gridlines - UTM, USNG, 100m, 200m, 500m, 1km, Lat/lng, WGS84 or NAD 27 Datum
Mark up your maps with lines and markers

Here is a sample for the French River Delta http://1drv.ms/1kw2XPI


Thanks for letting us know about this excellent tool - I'm planning to use it!


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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 17th, 2014, 8:48 pm 
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MartinG wrote:
A map maker I discovered recently is http://www.caltopo.com. It is the simplest process I have come across. It is fast, free and lets you create and share PDF maps in different sizes, using exact scales, directly from your web browser.


This is a great resource! It looks like it beats my previous method of screen shots from this site:

http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix/50k_300dpi/

then cropping them into Word to eventually create a PDF.

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 17th, 2014, 10:00 pm 
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I'm just learning this stuff and this site is quite easy. :clap:
Unfortunately, some of the places I like to go seem to be off the edge of the caltopo world. There be Dragons! :lol:


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PostPosted: June 17th, 2014, 10:07 pm 
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Ralph wrote:
I'm just learning this stuff and this site is quite easy. :clap:
Unfortunately, some of the places I like to go seem to be off the edge of the caltopo world. There be Dragons! :lol:

Stick with it.. Of course I am trying to make a map series of the north side of Superior.. pretty civilized :D

I am a complete computer idiot.


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wotrock wrote:
Basecamp is free---just that you need a Garmin GPS to use it.
Basecamp (and its predecessor MapSource) is a GPS map/waypoint manager. It is downloaded to your computer, not your GPS.


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wotrock wrote:
Basecamp is free---just that you need a Garmin GPS to use it.
Basecamp (and its predecessor MapSource) is a GPS map/waypoint manager. It is downloaded to your computer, not your GPS.



You are probably right but I can't seem to get it to read GPS files that are not on my Garmin GPS i.e files that are on my hard drive or SD card. I'm not the most computer literate person on here by a long shot.

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: August 29th, 2014, 1:32 pm 
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I don't have the Garmin basecamp in front off me but there should be a way to import data files. I know you can export to google earth etc.

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 2nd, 2016, 1:30 pm 
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MartinG wrote:
A map maker I discovered recently is http://www.caltopo.com. It is the simplest process I have come across.


Martin is correct, CalTopo.com is an excellent way (the best I know of) for people who don't know much about GIS to make and print their own maps.

Here's a link to my notes for a CPD class I've taught over the past couple of years that goes into a fair bit of detail on a few options for map printing, especially using QGIS. QGIS has a steep learning curve, but following my directions here should get you up and running with printing some nice maps with UTM gridlines, info boxes, and seamlessly stitched together between mapsheets. It works best if you can find uncollared mapsets (i.e. Canadian Toporama). Unfortunately, Canada's (older and usually better) NTS maps are only available collared, but of course most of them are black and white. Toporama are clear and easy to read and in colour.


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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
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Thank you sawbuck, you have provided us with something to read that will no doubt give valuable insight and useful information which will increase our map making skills.

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 2nd, 2016, 9:45 pm 
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By the way, here is a link to my article, on the same topic
Making Your Own Maps Innovation and Traditional: Navigating, Mapping, and Online Route Planning Tools

http://www.canoeing.com/advanced/featur ... wnmaps.htm

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: March 12th, 2017, 8:28 am 
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As I recall, there were relief maps in Caltopo but I don't see them now. Anyone else seen them lately? Maybe I'm just having yet another weird computer problem. Thx

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: March 12th, 2017, 9:34 am 
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No, you are not having another weird computer problem. Toporama layer is missing. It looks to me like Caltopo is another victim of NRCanada moving the location of their map files. You can still use Caltopo's USGS 7.5' layer which includes a lot of the same maps as the Toporama layer.


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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: March 12th, 2017, 7:44 pm 
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I don't think it's related to Toporma because I don't think the relief maps were part of Toporama.(but then again, I could be wrong! I've been wrong once before! :D )

I am also having probs downloading tracks from Caltopo , either as Gpx or Kmz. I keep getting some sort of error msg. Anyone else having a similar prob. I have successfully downloaded in the past.

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 Post subject: Re: making topo question
PostPosted: June 10th, 2017, 9:20 am 
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For those of you interested in taking QGIS to more advanced levels here are a few maps that I made for a 2016 Churchill trip using QGIS:

http://www.myccr.com/sites/default/file ... l_west.png
http://www.myccr.com/sites/default/file ... entral.png
http://www.myccr.com/sites/default/file ... l_east.png

These were made using CanVec (vector) data, which takes a fair bit of savvy to get right, with Forest Fire layers added (available from Gov't of Saskatchewan) and a few other things.


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