CanMatrix consists of scanned topographic maps of Canada at the 1:50 000 and 1:250 000 scales. Since CanMatrix maps are georeferenced, they can be used as a background for various applications, such as: ArcGIS, MapInfo, AutoCad or Global Position Systems (GPS)

Sample image of CanMatrix File


CanMatrix is available for download at:
Georeferenced digital topographic maps:
Print ready digital topographic maps:

Additional Information

Title CanMatrix
Author Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
Date Various
Language English & French
Format GeoTIFF {.tif}
Scale 1:50 000 & 1:250 000
Projection UTM
Datum NAD83
Resolution 300 dpi
Access Tips
  1. It is easiest way to determine the CanMatrix topographic map(s) you require is to find it's NTS code (ex. 31H12). The indexes listed below can be used to find the NTS code.

    Example: to determine the NTS codes for the island of Montreal, open Quebec NTS Index and zoom in on the map to the island of Montreal, the NTS codes are 31H05, 31H11 and 31H12.
  2. To download the data go to : Geogratis georeferenced digital topographic maps or Geogratis print ready digital topographic maps
Licence Available to the general public
Citation (sample) Natural Resources Canada. [computer file]. CanMatrix, 1:50 000, Laurentides, Quebec. sheet 31H/13, edition 12. Ottawa: Natural Resources Canada, Geomatics Canada, 1995.

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