Resource: Topographic Maps

What topographic maps do I need for my route?

Canada has all of its topographic maps indexed, making it easy to find which one you need for your route.

1. Click on the region you're traveling in from the list below:

Atlantic CanadaQuebecOntarioPrairiesBritish Columbia Northern Canada

2. Locate where you trip is on the map (this is the trickiest part, as the map isn't super detailed). I open Google Maps in another browser tab and use landmarks like cities and waterways to figure out where I am on the map.

3. Determine the code associated with your map. Each code is a Number - Letter - Number. The first number is the big number that corresponds to the big number on the map. For example, in the image below, the first number would be 30, 31, 30 or 41.

When you zoom in, you can see the letters. The letter corresponds to a cluster of 16 maps denoted 1 through 16. Let's say we want Lake Superior Provincial Park. That would be 41 N/10 and a bit of 41 N/7 and 41 N/15.

How do I read a topographic map?


Topographic Maps: The Basics by Ministry of Natural Resources

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