Toporama – Topographic Maps

Topographic map of Banff, Alberta showing 1:50 000 detail.

The National Topographic System (NTS) provides general-purpose topographic map coverage of Canada. These new maps are the next generation of the Centre for Topographic Information's Toporama product. The maps depict, in detail, ground relief (landforms and terrain), drainage (lakes and rivers), forest cover, administrative areas, populated areas, transportation routes and facilities (including roads and railways), and other constructed features. They use data from the Atlas of Canada (1: 1 000 000 to 1:30 000 000), National Topographic Data Base 1:250 000 and CanVec 1:50 000. Toporama continues to provide topographic information from national to regional scales.

Main Improvements to Toporama:

  1. A more current data source is being used.
  2. Feature names are easier to read using a variety of sizes to indicate significance.
  3. River names follow the course of the river.
  4. Lake and river names are shown on the less detailed maps as well as the more detailed.
  5. Feature names and symbols are consistent across all maps.
  6. Roads, rivers and other line type features have been smoothed to look better.

List of Topics:

Topographic Maps in the Atlas of Canada

The Atlas of Canada offers Toporama – free access to the National Topographic System in an easy-to-use online mapping tool.

The National Topographic System – An Overview

What is a topographic map? Select one of the links below to find out all about topographic maps and the National Topographic System.

Topographic Map Distributors – Paper Maps

To find the National Topographic System (NTS) map number for the area you are interested in and to purchase printed topographic maps, select one of the links below to locate a map distributor near you.

Digital Topographic Data

To obtain free digital topographic data, select one of the links below.

  • Toporama Tiles - Raster topographic map files, at a scale of 1:50 000, based on the National Topographic system available at no cost on GeoGratis.
  • Toporama WMS - A Web Map Service offering complete topographic map coverage of Canada that is compliant to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. The service offers data at scales from 1:60 000 000, to 1:50 000 and 16 feature themes.
  • CanVec – The new multi-source product, used in Toporama, combining the best available vector topographic data.
  • CanMatrix – Georeferenced, Digital topographic maps of Canada
  • CanMatrix – Print Ready, Digital topographic maps of Canada
  • National Topographic Database – The legacy National Topographic Database (replaced by CanVec)


User Agreement: Use of the Atlas data is subject to the Open Government Licence - Canada.

Liability Note – For Topographic Maps in the Atlas of Canada

Natural Resources ("Canada") makes no representations about the suitability for any purpose of the geographic data and attribute data ("Data") on this website. All such Data is provided on an "as is" basis and the Data has not been validated by Canada.

Canada makes no representations or warranties respecting the Data, either expressed or implied, arising by law or otherwise, including but not limited to, effectiveness, completeness, accuracy or fitness for a particular purpose. Canada does not assume any liability in respect of any damage or loss incurred or suffered as a result of the use of the Data. In no event shall Canada be liable in any way for loss of revenue or contracts, or any other consequential loss of any kind resulting from the use of the Data.