Topographic Maps

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  1. jackd

    jackd Long timer

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    Anyone know of a store or source in Victoria/Vancouver for maps which detail Vancouver Island? I've got one of the map books but these are a bit of a pain as you flip from page to page. I want to put a big one up on my wall to stare at - call me old school.
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  2. yatman

    yatman Been here awhile

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    Nanaimo Maps and Charts at 8 Church Street Phone:250-754-2513

    I live in Victoria and had to go there...then in Victoria had it 'encapsulated' at Island BluePrint. Am old school too. Am assuming you're after the 1:50,000 topo...Worth the ride....then let's connect and see what we have...


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  3. jackd

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    Thank you Yatman. I was checking around marine stores in Cowichan Bay today, the guy there told me that the 'Queen's Printer' in Victoria was the only source - he went online to look it up and drew a blank - it seems they aren't doing that kind of stuff anymore. I'll head up to Nanaimo on my next set of days off and see what they have.
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  4. jackd

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    I think that this store has been there for the last 30 years - I used to live in Nanaimo and I remember a map store right near the Villa Hotel. I'm amazed that it still exists.
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  6. jackd

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    There's my back-up source if the shop in Nanaimo doesn't have what I need. Thanks.
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  7. africa twin

    africa twin Been here awhile

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    You could try International Travel Maps and Books in Vancouver
    12300 Bridgeport Road Richmond BC
    604-273-1400
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    :huh :huh

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  10. jackd

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    Got to give him credit for trying to drag an older generation person into the modern age. Who knows maybe in a couple of years when the novelty of the new technology fades, we'll be dragging him back to our way of doing things.
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  11. OneEffinName

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    Try hiking stores, like MEC in Victoria. Also call Island BluePrint in Victoria. Ask for the 1:50,000 NTS maps. They are OK, but you wont find many logging roads on them. You might be able to buy BC Govt TRIM maps 1:20,000 which much more recent.

    The backroads mapbook stuff is way out of date for logging roads too. We just end up have to map our own. from all the rides we go on.
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  12. where2next?

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    All canadian topo maps are available for download via a website called Geogratis (just google it). to figure out what map you need to get find the index number using the NTS index map (NTS- National Topographic System). There are 2 series of maps, CanMatrix which is the regular topo maps and another series (can't remember the name off the top of my head) that has no borders so you can stitch them together. download what you want and then either send them to a print shop or buy the sheets you want now that you know the coverage area.

    The backroad map book series is much better than the NTS maps IMHO, but they are in book format not as large sheets for your wall.
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  13. jackd

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    I went to the map store in Nanaimo yesterday and bought what I needed - some were on backorder. It would seem that the source for all these maps - nautical or topographic is the federal government. Nothing is handled by the provincial government anymore. There's quite the selection at this shop and they generally run $20 a sheet.
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  14. Country Doc

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    I know you were looking for print, but for those who are looking for topo maps on GPS, I just bought the Ontario version of Backroad Maps (www.gpsmaps.ca), and it's incredible. Oodles of detail, topos, logging roads, trails...way, way more than Garmin and lots of locally sourced info.

    Definitely worth checking out. They have a Vancouver Island specific version.

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  15. jackd

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    I just pulled my GPS off my old GS this winter - I wasn't using it anyway. The diminishing eyesight wasn't helping things either. Now I just take my map bag with the sheets folded accordingly and glance at my tank on occasion. A tried and proven method of navigating. I was thinking of getting a Garmin 600 but some of the postings in that other forum kind of steered me away. All the GPS wiring and my titanium mount are still there if I chose to go that route again. I'm just kind of enjoying looking at the sights around me.
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  16. where2next?

    where2next? Map guy

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    Not quite true, bc has a series called TRIM. Never used them though. Most of the NRCan maps are old now and I would not rely on the accuracy of road info on there.
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  17. jackd

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    What is this 'TRIM' series of which you speak?
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    http://archive.ilmb.gov.bc.ca/crgb/products/mapdata/trim_positional_maps.htm

    Most provinces have better maps than the Feds. Like I said I have never used TRIM maps but I know that the info on the maps is considered to be better than NRcan, at least from the perspective of being current and accurate. Look in the bottom right corner of an NTS topo map and you will see he data linage. Most of our maps date from post ww2 air photos. Because natural resources are a provincial responsibility and natural resource companies are actually the major users of maps, the provinces usually have the best maps. Or at least the most accurate. Users need to judge which is the best map for them. Personally my favourite is the back road map book series because they are the most recent. Expensive? Yes. But I make maps and I can tell you that there are hundreds of hours per page invested in those maps. They're worth it so long as you don't want a wall map.
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  19. jackd

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    I have the Back Country map book for Vancouver Island - I spent a whole whack of money on coloured ink printing off pages - taping them together to make maps for my tank bag. What I'm reading now is that these are also not completely accurate because of the de-activation of logging roads.

    I just wandered out to my garage to eye ball an old Provincial Govt. map that I have of Vancouver Island - to compare it to what I recently purchased in Nanaimo - a map which comes from the Feds. The provincial map (30 years old) has much greater detail and actually shows the topography - the feds map which is of the same scale doesn't - no comparison really.

    I will look for these TRIM maps - they must be somewhere for sale if resource exploration is what's driving this provincial economy. I'll ask the vendor in Nanaimo what he knows and report back.
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  20. bymbie

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    Not sure how big your wall is, but you can probably wallpaper your whole house with detailed maps from Geogratis (if you are willing to print them)

    http://geogratis.cgdi.gc.ca/geogratis/en/index.html

    It takes some digging, as you have to find the map number than download the ftp file. I use tiff files and photoshop them together to usable map.
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