Canadian Topographic Maps
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Canadian topographic maps (also known as "topo maps") come in two scales. The 1:50,000 scale topo map is the most detailed scale and covers an area of about 25km by 40km. Its high level of detail makes this scale topo map ideal for recreational activities, such as hiking, walking and bicycling. Accurately shown are hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, wooded areas and all man-made features such as buildings, powerlines, roads, dams and cut lines.
The 1:250,000 scale topographic map is more of an access map, for use in a vehicle than on foot. Each map sheet covers approximately 100km by 160km, the same area of land as 16 of the larger 1:50,000 scale maps. These topographic maps have gained popularity, not only for their detailed overview of a large area, but also as an excellent road map for exploring the back roads.