Maps: Scale and Content
Federal Maps distributes maps of the National Topographic
System, providing general-purpose topographic map coverage of Canada. These
maps depict in detail ground relief (landforms and terrain), drainage (lakes
and rivers), forest cover, administrative areas, populated areas,
transportation routes and facilities (including roads and railways), and other
The 1:50 000 scale topographic
map is ideal for recreational activities such as cycling, canoeing,
snowmobiling, hunting, fishing, camping and hiking. Accurately shown are hills,
valleys, lakes, rivers, streams, rapids, portages, trails and wooded areas;
major, secondary and side roads, and all man-made features such as buildings,
power lines, dams and cut lines. A 1:50 000 scale map covers an area of
approximately 40 kilometres east-west, 28 kilometres north-south. On a 1:50,000
scale map 1cm = 0.5km, or 1 inch = 0.8 miles. This is the most detailed scale
available from the Canadian government.
The 1:250 000 scale topographic
map is considered to be a reconnaissance-type map. This scale is popular not
only as an overview of a large area, for example when planning a canoe route.
It covers the same area of land as sixteen 1:50 000 scale maps, approximately
160 kilometres east-west, 112 kilometres north-south. A full 1:250 000 scale
map shows an area approximately the size of Prince Edward Island. On a
1:250,000 scale map 1cm = 2.5km, or 1 inch = 4 miles.
Examples of a 1:50,000 scale map and a 1:250,000 scale map are
Click here for the legend of all
symbols which appear on Canadian topographic maps.
All topo maps sold by Federal Maps are available printed on either
paper or waterproof
To identify the map number for the topo(s) you're looking for, please
use our index.
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Topographic maps, maps
of Canada, digital maps and aeronautical charts are purchased by thousands of
Canadians each year.
Who uses maps?
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- hikers, paddlers, fishermen (and women), hunters: people who enjoy
- students and teachers
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