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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-21-2007, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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I just realized now that my trip up to the central coast of BC (starting this weekend) is North of the area my Topo software covers. I have SoftMap Volume 2 which is only Southeastern BC but half my trip covers Volume 3 which is central BC.

Does anyone have topo coverage of the BC central coast? If so I could desperately use some letter sized PDF's to print that use UTM grid NAD83 to a scale of 1:75000.

The place that falls outside of my coverage zone is the Pointer Island area but I actually need pages for all of the following area...

LAT N:52° 00' 00" all the way up to ... N:52° 10' 00"
and LONG W:128° 35' 00" all the way to W:127° 52' 00"


I realize this is a long shot but it would save me spending another $100 on this trip.. [B)]

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I dont find that very helpful at all, I dont see UTM grids in the options for different layers and I could spend a LONG time trying to get what I need out of it... Thanks anyway
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Read this page: http://www.ubc-voc.com/wiki/Online_mapping

You can download the NTS maps from the CanMatrix ftp site. It's at the top of the page.
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From a thread in April. Hope this helps.

Download the index map for 1:50,000 scale maps in BC
Right click and "save target as" to download the index map (4.76 Mb)
ftp://ftp.nrcan.gc.ca/ess/topo/NTSin.../bc_150dpi.jpg

Once you have the file above, look up the map sheet you want and enter it into the search form here
http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/geograti....do?lookup=nts

For example, entering 92g will list every map sheet in the Lower Mainland.

Use this free program (ER Viewer) to view the maps.
http://www.ermapper.com/ProductView.aspx?t=160
You'll need to make a free account - in five years they have not spammed me once.

The maps have digital coordinates (UTM NAD83)embedded within them. You will not be able to see these coordinates unless you have a GIS image viewer (like ER viewer) that can read them. This program will also allow you to make distance measurements across the maps. Hover the mouse over any part of the map to read the coordinates. Editing the maps in any other sofware will most likely strip off the coordinate information, but you can view and print these maps (with UTM grids) in just about any image software.
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Thanks Mag, you are a gentlemen and a scholar, although it's not displaying any results when I enter in an NTS mapsheet number... try yerself to get 12M?

From what I see though, this would solve my problem if it works but.. I'm a bit short on time.

Also, does it allow you to specify an odd scale like 1:75000?
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You can browse the ftp site for the maps Magnetite is talking about directly through the link on the page I posted earlier if their search functionality isn't working. For 12M the directory is:
http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/can..._300dpi/012/m/
for instance. Of course, there are 16 1:50000 maps in this group, each one is in a separate zip file. If you want the 1:250k you can go into that directory instead.

You can print them in whatever scale you like with any image editing software, but these maps are just image files of the paper maps. If you want to make custom maps you'll have to learn iMapBC or something similar.
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Turns out Toporama was exactly the solution I needed.

http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/englis...k&hidetextbox=

Thanks all!
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