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Canadian Topographic Maps


Canadian topographic maps are available in two scales; 1:50,000 and 1:250,000. Also known as "topo maps", these maps feature physical and man-made features. Map Town sells the most current available editions produced by the Canadian Government and conform to the National Topographic System (NTS). Scroll down for more information. Topographic maps can be laminated for an additional charge - please visit our Lamination page.
Topo Map

Topo Index Please use our clickable index's to visually find and purchase paper topographic maps of Canada. Click the button to visit our:
Canadian Topographic Index.
Etopo Canadian Topographic maps are also available in digital format. Please visit our Etopo Digital Maps page for more information.
Search by Name, Legal Survey, Lat - Long or UTM Co-ordinates:
School Program Canada Topographic Maps are eligible products in Map Town's Education Discount Program. Please visit our Education Discount Program page for further details.
Topographic Map Names:
  • The names of topographic maps do not necessarily mean that the whole feature the map is named for is centered or completely shown on the map.
  • For example, map 83O07-Slave Lake - 1:50,000 scale, does not show the complete lake. Other maps will be required for complete lake coverage.
  • Please use our Canada Topographic Index to find the complete set of maps your require.
1:250,000 Scale Topographic Maps:

  • Smaller scale map: covers more area in less detail
  • Covers an area approximately 100km by 160km
  • Covers same area of land as 16 of the 1:50,000 scale maps
  • Good overall view; ideal for travelling on backroads
1:250 000

1:250,000 Scale Map

1:50, 000 Scale Topographic Maps:

  • Larger scale map: covers less area in more detail
  • Covers an area approximately 25km by 40km
  • Ideal for recreational activities such as hiking, walking and bicycling
  • Natural features shown: hills, valleys, lakes, rivers, wooded areas
  • Man-made features shown: buildings, powerlines, roads, dams, cut lines
  • Contour intervals vary from map to map
1:50 000

1:50,000 Scale Map

The National Topographic System (NTS) of Canada

The area covered by a given map sheet is determined by its latitude and longitude. Because of the standard NTS numbering system, knowing the map number allows you to quickly identify adjacent maps.
how the NTS grid works
1:250,000 Scale Topographic Maps Numbering System:
  • NTS Grid Numbering System format: Number followed by a Letter
  • Letters range from A through P
  • Examples of numbering: 12A, 115P, 83H
  • Each 1:250,000 map is divided into 16 segments numbered 1-16
1:50, 000 Scale Topographic Maps:
  • NTS Grid Numbering System format: Number, Letter followed by another Number ranging between 1-16
  • A 1:50,000 scale map is one of the 16 segments of the 1:250, 000 scale maps
  • Examples of numbering: 12A01, 115P16, 83H10

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