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 Where to buy BC Topographic maps
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ge-an_bas
Intermediate Member


North Vancouver, BC
Canada

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 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  09:29 AM  Show Profile  Reply to this posting
Hello,

What is a good place to get BC Topographic maps? I also seem to remember that the government stopped publishing them? Did other people take over.

Googling around I found a shop that used to be on Granville Street, but apparently disappeared. Any other good addresses?

TX
Bas

ge-an_bas
Intermediate Member


North Vancouver, BC
Canada

679 Posts

 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  09:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Euhmmm, oooops
Maybe I should have looked at the Stickies first :) I'll have a look at GoTrekkers :)

tricouni
Junior Member


Vancouver
113 Posts

 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  09:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The governemnt bookstore on Robson between Granville and Seymour stocks all the Federal 1:50,000 maps for BC, Yukon, and western Alberta. Phone 604-666-0529 and they should be able to tell you if they have what you are looking for.

plav77
New Member


Chilliwack, BC
Canada

74 Posts

 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  10:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ibycus are good.
http://www.ibycus.com/ibycustopo/

I also have the new backroad maps and they are nice also.
http://backroadmapbooks.com/GPS/

tu
Senior Member


Burnaby, BC
Canada

1715 Posts

 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  10:15 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Canadian Government makes Topo Maps available on-line:

Older: http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/canmatrix2/
Newer: http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/cantopo/

If you don't have a printer, then you can try the following store:

http://www.itmb.com/travel_maps.htm

that has an extensive collection.

Edited by - tu on 08/05/2010 11:56 AM

rocker_man1
Intermediate Member


Burnaby, BC
Canada

911 Posts

 Posted - 08/05/2010 :  12:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

"International Travel Maps & Books" in richmond (12300 Bridgeport Road) Has a decent selection of Topos for BC. Quite a few that are geared towards outdoor activity being printed on waterproof paper.

http://www.itmb.com/travel_maps.htm

BCBoy
Junior Member


Vancouver, BC
Canada

217 Posts

 Posted - 08/08/2010 :  9:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by rocker_man1


"International Travel Maps & Books" in richmond (12300 Bridgeport Road) Has a decent selection of Topos for BC. Quite a few that are geared towards outdoor activity being printed on waterproof paper.

http://www.itmb.com/travel_maps.htm



Get the TRIM maps from ITM if you can for your area -- way better reso than the 1:50,000.

Stéphane
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80 Posts

 Posted - 08/09/2010 :  06:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i bought a 1:20 000 map from them: http://www.canadamapstore.com/ A bit expensive, but very nice map. The issue with a 1:20 000 is that you will need more maps to cover an area that's covered with a 1:50 000.

devin
Starting Member


vancouver, BC
Canada

2 Posts

 Posted - 10/04/2010 :  12:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi , was at the Geological survey of Canada bookstore today at 625 Robson Street, best place to get maps a little on the pricey side but try getting a 1:20,000 map anywhere in Vancouver. The biggest thing is all the maps are in 1:20,000 and all my mapping stuff is in 1:24000 or 1:25000 but if you ask for a 1:20,000 map overlay they will give you one when you get a map. Plane on getting 2maps at a price of $51.41 hst in and for two. I need two for Elsay lake hike

Kootenay Kid
Junior Member


Invermere, BC
Canada

178 Posts

 Posted - 10/24/2010 :  1:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Has anyone tried the digital Backroads topos? I have ETOPO 1:50,000 and digital 1:20:000 but they dont have all the new info. The Backroads books dont have everything either but do have some interesting features.

dpatton
New Member


Victoria, BC
Canada

97 Posts

 Posted - 10/24/2010 :  3:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kootenay Kid

Has anyone tried the digital Backroads topos? I have ETOPO 1:50,000 and digital 1:20:000 but they dont have all the new info. The Backroads books dont have everything either but do have some interesting features.



I do have some of Backroad Mapbooks digital topo maps, and yes, they can be useful. You might want to take a look at this posting of mine:
Canada Maps and Data

seanverret
Starting Member


North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada

2 Posts

 Posted - 04/16/2012 :  6:12 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tu

Canadian Government makes Topo Maps available on-line:

Newer: http://ftp2.cits.rncan.gc.ca/pub/cantopo/




Absolutely phenomenal - thank you!

calixtomoon
Senior Member


Langley, BC
Canada

1798 Posts

 Posted - 08/01/2014 :  11:51 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How bout a good place to purchase paper map in the Valley? Surrey, Langley, Abby, Chilliwack? Somewhere I can stop on my way out of town along Hwy 1?
MEC Langley didn't have one for Clearwater area last night.Actually, they don't sell them at all apparently:(

Edited by - calixtomoon on 08/01/2014 11:54 AM

xj6response
Intermediate Member


Sunshine Coast, BC
Canada

838 Posts

 Posted - 08/01/2014 :  12:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by calixtomoon

How bout a good place to purchase paper map in the Valley? Surrey, Langley, Abby, Chilliwack? Somewhere I can stop on my way out of town along Hwy 1?
MEC Langley didn't have one for Clearwater area last night.Actually, they don't sell them at all apparently:(



I just make 1:20000 contour/feature maps from the BC iMap site ... pretty cool tool. Also you can down load TRIM in PDF mode. The iMap output is PDF and can be printed in 8 1/2 x 11

Here's the link http://maps.gov.bc.ca/ess/sv/imapbc/

here's a sample (in JPG form)... just a quick one. You can make them much more detailed as you wish

xj6response
Intermediate Member


Sunshine Coast, BC
Canada

838 Posts

 Posted - 08/01/2014 :  12:36 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by calixtomoon

How bout a good place to purchase paper map in the Valley? Surrey, Langley, Abby, Chilliwack? Somewhere I can stop on my way out of town along Hwy 1?
MEC Langley didn't have one for Clearwater area last night.Actually, they don't sell them at all apparently:(




forgot to say you can also download 'pdfmaps' smart phone app and upload BC 1:20000 TRIM topo maps to your smartphone. These maps are all Georeferenced and you can use the the GPS on your phone to locate yourself on these TRIM maps. Very handy.

calixtomoon
Senior Member


Langley, BC
Canada

1798 Posts

 Posted - 08/01/2014 :  12:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you!
I'm a bit of a dinosaur…just not up on this stuff..will try loading into phone and do it that way since I got a solar charger for my bday:) My phone has never stayed charged long enough to be useful, so just use paper maps…time to get with the times I guess! Much appreciated

xj6response
Intermediate Member


Sunshine Coast, BC
Canada

838 Posts

 Posted - 08/01/2014 :  8:05 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by calixtomoon

Thank you!
I'm a bit of a dinosaur…just not up on this stuff..will try loading into phone and do it that way since I got a solar charger for my bday:) My phone has never stayed charged long enough to be useful, so just use paper maps…time to get with the times I guess! Much appreciated




The BC IMAP site is outstanding. I always print letter sized paper topo maps from that site. Once you know your way around their interface you can compose maps at whatever scale with almost any info you need. Then just print them out . excellent, free service. Your tax dollars at work!

Voostra
New Member


Victoria, BC
Canada

74 Posts

 Posted - 08/02/2014 :  6:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Does anyone know what layer you add to get a shade on forest cover areas on the imapBC site, like most topo maps have?

xj6response
Intermediate Member


Sunshine Coast, BC
Canada

838 Posts

 Posted - 08/02/2014 :  7:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Voostra

Does anyone know what layer you add to get a shade on forest cover areas on the imapBC site, like most topo maps have?



when you set up your map make sure you select 'terrain' under the BASE MAP drop down. Here's a screen grab:


The resultant PDF will have some shading, the amount of which depends on the various options you select. I don't use it for my printable PDF's because it uses too much ink

Under 'Imagery' in the layer selection you can choose 'Hillshade Scanned Colour Maps' > choose your resolution. You can also choose: 'reports & printing' > 'export map' > choose the format and a full color, shaded and printable image will be produced

Edited by - xj6response on 08/02/2014 7:38 PM

WildernessMan
Junior Member



406 Posts

 Posted - 08/02/2014 :  8:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Atmosphere in Coquitlam Center has loco topo maps, but they are a bit pricy...

theelasticman
Junior Member


New Westminster, BC
Canada

120 Posts

 Posted - 08/03/2014 :  01:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Around the World Maps Maps on Columbia Street, New West used to sell the lot when I lived there 3 years ago, the shop keeper Ron is a very nice guy! They also stock all the flags of countries around the world which I also enjoyed looking at!
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