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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-28-2008, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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A few years ago i used this site to look at and make my own maps. http://maps.gov.bc.ca/ i clicked on the "Columbia Basin Biodiversity Atlas - 1:6,000,000" and looked through and copied/pasted into photoshop to make larger maps.

where has this service gone? i have been searchign for a while and all i can find is this one: http://webmaps.gov.bc.ca/imfx/imf.jsp?site=imapbc

iMapBC which i honestly do not like.

The one i used to use was very easy to select lakes, roads, elevation etc etc. i loved it! and it was pretty fast loading as well! i cannot figure out all the things on iMap like elevation lines (very important to me).

anyone know what i am talking about?

i am trying to put a map together of certain sections of teh coast, but cannot find the things i need, especially elevation lines.

here i s abasic example f a crappy quick map i did when i first found the site. simple, but incredibly clear.


Non-accessible forest is far more precious, to me, than easily accessible clear cut.
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Someone on this forum posted a link to the Canadian NTS website. I used the maps available for several hikes and find them very adequate. Look under topic "Where do people get their topo maps?".

http://www.cits.rncan.gc.ca/cit/servlet/CIT/site_id=01&page_id=1-005-002-014.html
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Alpalmer, your link is just for the index maps, not the maps themselves. Kyle, try geogratis (http://www.geogratis.ca/geogratis/en...ail.do?id=8147). From there, you can download any of the 1:50k or 1:250k sheets for the whole country. These are ESRI Shapefiles, and you'd need Arc to view and use them. As far as just downloading map scans, I think the CanMatrix system provides this as geotiffs (http://www.geogratis.ca/geogratis/en...ch.do?id=10119). GOod luck!
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All the BC government TRIM based web mapping services have moved to http://nric.ca. Many of the older interfaces are still available, however, but iMapBC is the most powerful.

You can get the most out of iMapBC by adding the 1:20,000 base map layer set, which includes trim contours and detailed roads, etc. Click on "add layers" then in the popup window click "base mapping" and "base maps 1:20,000" or something like that.

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Awesome! thanks so much guys, these really help!!!
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Contour maps in 3D for all of Canada are available online and free of charge at:

http://www.earthdetails.com/

Close up it is the 1:50000 scale map, and further away is a blend of 1:250000 and 15m resolution satellite imagery.
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Contour maps in 3D for all of Canada are available online and free of charge at:

http://www.earthdetails.com/

Close up it is the 1:50000 scale map, and further away is a blend of 1:250000 and 15m resolution satellite imagery.
Cool but a bit gimmicky no?
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thanks, it is neat. but i am peicing togetehr 1:10000 scale maps for specific areas i wish to visit. the bc gov site cost and arm and a city but at least it has some very useful tools on it!
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anyone know what happened to this BC service? did they take it down in order to sell maps? i cant find the online map thing anywhere
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You can still find the old basemap here
http://webmaps.gov.bc.ca/imfx/imf.jsp?site=bc_basemap

Unfortunately, the text labels have disappeared, so there are no names on anything. I tend to use the bivouac.com interface to the basemap these days, since the text labels do show up there.

I have no idea why they crippled the basemap interface like that. Maybe they just want to force us to use iMapBC. I agree that iMapBC is clunky and not fun to use.
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I talked with some of the GeoBC guys at a conference this winter. They have redesigned almost everything due to changes in technology and priorities.

This is their new home page, aka GeoBC gateway: http://geobc.gov.bc.ca/

From this page, you can link to a couple online mapping tools:
iMapBC (under View>Make a Map) : http://webmaps.gov.bc.ca/imfx/imf.jsp?site=imapbc

HectaresBC (under Tools>Analyze Data) :http://www.hectaresbc.org/app/habc/HaBC.html

As with any online mapping tools, take your patience pills before visiting these sites.

For your task, it may be best to just download the geoTIFF Toporama files for your area of interest and cut and paste them together. New CanTOPO TIFF files may be available too.
Toporama: http://geogratis.gc.ca/geogratis/en/...ch.do?id=36765

CanTopo: http://geogratis.gc.ca/geogratis/en/...ch.do?id=37505

You can also try the GPS Visualizer site, which allows you to create custom clips of NRCan Topographic maps (with or without labels) for overlays in Google Earth. The resolution is a little rough and there are file size limits, but remarkably, it is free: http://www.gpsvisualizer.com/kml_overlay

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Sorry about the redundant posting of iMapBC (DUH)

Another option : Toporama WMS (web mapping service) with a GIS program, of which there are some free options. http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/geograti.../toporama.html


The Atlas of Canada demos this service on their site, but the default projection is a nationwide conic projection that causes the BC maps to be twisted with northwest towards the top. It works perfectly for Manitoba and Northern Ontario: http://atlas.nrcan.gc.ca/site/english/maps/topo/map
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i use mapplace.ca

a lot of the layers are focused on mining and exploration, but it also has topo, lidar, roads, etc.
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For iMapBC, if you add layers, add 'Base Map auto scale' and contours, then turn off the colour image overlay and the contour labels, you get the same functionality as the old BC Basemap.
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