University Map Library

CanMatrix - Raster Topographic Maps

CanMatrix consists of scanned topographic maps of Canada from the National Topographic Series 1:50,000 scale and 1:250,000 scale paper maps published by Natural Resources Canada. The files are georeferenced according to NAD83 and have a scanned resolution of 300 dpi.

Data Format
The georeferenced maps are in GeoTIFF (.tif) format. Each original TIFF is approximately 85 MB. Total file size for all of Canada is 700 GB. The printable versions are available in PDF or TIFF version.

The data are publically available.

Accessing the Data
CanMatrix is available for download via the GeoGratis website.

To view selected CanMatrix images of the greater Niagara area on-line, go to

Sample Citation Format
Original download
Natural Resources Canada [computer file]. (1996). CanMatrix, 1:50 000, Niagara, Ontario. sheet 30M/03, edition 7. Ottawa, Ontario: Natural Resources Canada, Geomatics Canada. Available: [Accessed January 15, 2013].

The Topographic Maps of the Golden Horseshoe website
Natural Resources Canada. Niagara 30M/03 [map]. 1996. Scale 1:50,000. "Brock University Map, Data & GIS Library". Topographic Maps of the Golden Horseshoe. <> (Date Accessed).

Example of CanMatrix

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