Basemap Updates for Canada – May 2017

May 4, 2017 Paul Heersink

The imagery and topographic basemaps on ArcGIS Online were both updated this week with contributions from 10 participants across Canada.

Both the imagery and topographic basemap on ArcGIS Online were updated this week with new Canadian content.

Service New Brunswick has been a regular contributor to the Community Maps Program. Not only have they made their vector data available so that the entire province could be updated with detailed topographic mapping, but they have also supplied us with their latest imagery from various parts of the province. Just this week, 7.5 cm imagery from 2016 and 2015 was published as part of the imagery basemap. The web map below indicates the extent of the Service New Brunswick’s imagery contributions.

Other imagery updates include contributions from Edmonton (10 cm imagery from 2015), Cochrane (10 cm imagery from 2016) and Kamloops (10 cm imagery from 2016).

Building Rogers Place: previously published 50 cm imagery from 2012 (shown on the left) is replaced with 10 cm imagery from 2015 from the city of Edmonton.

The topographic basemap for Canada was updated with content from 1 new Community Maps participant and updates from 5 other participants. The County of Grande Prairie provided contours, boundaries, roads, addresses, parks and land use, and these were incorporated into the basemap.

Grande Prairie County, AB was updated with new contributions. The map on the right shows additional roads, points of interest and contours that improved the existing map (shown on the left).

Other topographic basemap changes include updates from the following communities:

For a complete list of current Community Map participants in Canada, visit the Participant Map. For previous Canadian basemap updates published in 2017, see the following blog posts:

About the Author

Paul Heersink

Paul Heersink is a cartographer and Production Manager of Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program: an initiative that is aiming to build a seamless topographic basemap using contributor data. He has over 15 years of cartographic experience, working in both the public and private sectors. Paul has always been interested in mapping and drew his own atlas at the age of 10. He took a detour in his career through the fields of psychology and social work before returning to cartography.

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