Canadian Content Updates to the World Topographic Basemap

October 16, 2014 Paul Heersink

More updates to the world topographic basemap with some Canadian content

The World Topographic Basemap was updated this week with some Canadian content. These updates cover a very small section of the country on Vancouver Island that includes five Community Maps of Canada program participants:

  • Victoria
  • Oak Bay
  • Saanich
  • Sooke
  • Sidney

Updated content for southern Vancouver Island.

All of these communities and some of the surrounding area have been published down to 1:1,128. The rest of the southern end of Vancouver Island has been published down to 1:4,514. See the map below for the exact extents of the coverage.

Extents of updated published coverage.

This is the second in a series of updates that will span the entire country. The first included four smaller scales and was published back in August. The next update, expected to occur around mid-November, will include all of Canada at 1:144,448, 1:72,224 and 1:36,112.

To find out the status of your community’s updates, contact the Community Maps team.

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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