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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 9:49 am 
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Trying to source some 1:50 000 scale topographical maps for this summer's trips:

Does anyone know of a source I can order these on-line?
Actual paper topo maps seem to be getting harder and harder to find...


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 Post subject: Re: On-line source for buying topo maps?
PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 9:58 am 
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Here's one:

http://www.maptown.com/topographicalmaps.html

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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 10:06 am 
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Federal Publications Inc:
http://www.fedpubs.com/topographic.htm

Customized topo maps from them:
http://www.fedpubs.com/maps/custom_topos.htm

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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 11:02 am 
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You can find some free maps here, if you have a printer that is. http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/geogratis/e ... 4DB194FD38

You have to use the FTP download site, but unless you know the number, it's not much use. Lots of maps available.


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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 12:47 pm 
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I've ordered from FedPubs and they do a great job.

If you want to download and print them out for yourself (or just view them on your computer for route planning purposes), the entire 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 set of topographic maps for Canada are available for free from this official, public, and government FTP resource. Ghost provided a graphical interface link to this source (but I don't find it very easy to use). I'd rather download via a direct link.

http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix2/

Maps are available as both TIFF image or PDF, but you need to have the map reference codes to find your specific map. Happy route planning!


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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 1:34 pm 
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You can download the maps and then print them in large format at any Staples, Kinkos or other copy shops.

The Feds no longer stock or supply pre-printed maps, all map suppliers simply download and custom print which you can probably do yourself for less money especially as it's rare that you need the entire maps.

To print yourself on 8.5" x 11" sheets and maintain the proper scale you should select and print 3000 x 2400 pixel sections.

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PostPosted: May 28th, 2011, 3:24 pm 
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The Feds no longer stock or supply pre-printed maps, all map suppliers simply download and custom print which you can probably do yourself for less money especially as it's rare that you need the entire maps.


Oh no really? But is the ink they use going to bleed all over if the maps get damp?

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The link I provided above has a link to the FTP direct download site, but you have to know what map to order. The graphical interphace is a pita, but it works. I download a lot of maps at work. What I do is have a big map of the graphical interface with all the maps laid out on my wall. Saves a lot of time.


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Oh no really? But is the ink they use going to bleed all over if the maps get damp?


If you print your own with a crappy inkjet then yes. The map sellers charge more but will print with higher quality materials. If you only need 8.5 x 11 sections any laser printer with decent paper will give you good results.

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http://www.mapsherpa.com/
You can customize what you need in several format sizes - not a true topographical map but... Several examples in this link -
http://www.paddlinginstructor.com/resources/print-and-customize-canadian-topographic-maps-with-map-sherpa-1900.html
or this-
http://geology.com/canada/topo-maps.shtml

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