World Topograhic Map updates for November

November 7, 2013 Paul Heersink

More updates for Canada on the World Topographic Map, including 4 new communities.

The World Topographic Basemap has again been updated with a significant amount of Canadian data. Four new communities were published this week and another 34 were updated with new content. Visit our Community Maps of Canada Tracking Map for the latest status.

In British Columbia, two new communities were published this month: the Regional District of East Kootenay is located in the southeast corner of the province and includes some spectacular mountain scenery. Within its boundaries is the City of Cranbrook. Cranbrook has a population of about 25,000 and is situated on a relatively flat area in between the Purcell and Rocky Mountains.

Figure 1: Cranbrook, BC

Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, joins the Community Maps Program alongside its already published neighbours Gatineau to the north and Leeds and Grenville to the south. Founded in 1826 as Bytown, the City of Ottawa has grown to become the sixth largest city well known for its beaver tails, among other things. The Community Maps Program has used its extensive open data holdings to create the basemap.

Figure 2: Ottawa, ON, site of many heated debates

The other new participant of the Community Maps Program is the West Parry Sound Geography Network. This network has provided the Community Maps Program with topographic data for a section of Ontario’s cottage country 270 kilometres north of Toronto. Explore the map and find the best places to camp, cottage and relax.

Figure 3: A few of the many thousands of islands in Ontario's cottage country

Below is a complete list of Canadian updates to the World Topographic Map for this release.

New Communities:

 Updated Communities:

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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