Maps, Data & GIS

Web Mapping Resources

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Title Available Geography Description
Scholars GeoPortal
Scholars GeoPortal
Canada
Search, view, map and download datasets licensed to Ontario university libraries. View the fact sheet for additional details including a tutorial and 'best of' data list.
Niagara Air photos
Open Data
Niagara
Collections of remote sensing aerial imagery of the Niagara region are available in paper and/or digital formats. This site offers links to flight line indexes as well as digitized historical imagery from 1921-1948.
Historical Maps of Niagara
Open Data
Niagara
Site offers zoomable viewing of digitized historical maps of Niagara dating back to the late 1700s. Maps are also available for download in high resolution JPEG format and paper copies may be explored in the Map, Data & GIS Library.
War of 1812
Open Data
Niagara
Site offers zoomable viewing of digitized historical maps of the War of 1812. Maps are also available for download in Google Earth KMZ format, high resolution JPEG format and paper copies may be explored in the Map, Data & GIS Library.
Historic Welland Canals
Open Data
Niagara
Download the Google Earth KMZ file to embark on a virtual tour of the historic 1st, 2nd and 3rd Welland Canals. The project includes mapping, points of interest, photos and canal routes.
Niagara Navigator
Open Data
Niagara
Interactive mapping including base layers plus orthoimagery (1934, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2010).
NPCA Watershed Explorer
Open Data
Niagara
Interactive mapping tool includes operational and base data that can be used to explore detailed visual information about NPCA planning and permitting interests, regulated areas, watershed monitoring efforts, natural area features and Conservation Areas. For additional help, download the NPCA Watershed Explorer Reference Guide or check out the Help page, accessible in the upper right corner of the map.
Census of Canada Mapping
Brock Licensed
Cities
Census mapping produced by Map Library staff using selected variables from the 1996, 2001 and 2006 census years.
Hamilton iMapper
Open Data
Hamilton
Site offers interactive mapping for the city including aerial photography, cultural features, public works, community services, etc.
Toronto Social Atlas
Open Data
Toronto
This is a collection of census maps based on social demographic data for the City of Toronto. Mapped variables include ethnic origin, religious affiliation, visible minorities, home language, recent immigrants and low income.
Toronto Bay Initiative
Open Data
Toronto
Site provides interactive mapping of the Toronto waterfront including a historical shoreline superimposed on current orthoimagery.
County Atlas Digital Project
Open Data
Ontario
This is a searchable database of the property owners' names which appear on the township maps in the historical county atlases. Township maps, portraits and properties have been scanned, with links from the property owners' names in the database.
OGSEarth
Open Data
Ontario
Use Google Earth to view OGS geology maps that are available from Geology Ontario. Instructions for using OGSEarth.
Make a Topographic Map
Open Data
Ontario

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources offers an interactive topographic mapping application where users can customize the view with some limitations. The base map cache is the default view with additional options including imagery and assessment parcel boundaries. This map draws on data from the Land Information Ontario (LIO) Warehouse.

Agricultural Information Atlas
Open Data
Ontario
With the Agricultural Information Atlas, you can acquire agricultural information and create maps, such as how to:
- Find and view a location (How do I do this?)
- Create Tile Drainage Records (How do I do this?)
- Create a Nutrient Management Strategy or NASM Plan (How do I do this?)
- Download the placemat - PDF
View layers such as parcels, administrative boundaries, drain information (location, classification, connection, etc.), agricultural land information, contours, land use, soils, watersheds (secondary, tertiary, quaternary), power lines, petroleum wells, NTS 50K grid, OBM Map Sheet Index, and railways.
CLAIMaps
Open Data
Ontario
An interactive mapping tool that provides information on mining claims in Ontario. The site allows users to download map images as well as data in ESRI shapefile format.
Ontario Renewable Energy Atlas
Open Data
Ontario
Web mapping tool visualizing renewable energy sources for Ontario. Thematic information includes wind statistics as well as tables, charts and graphs.
GIS Map Gallery
Open Data
Manitoba
Interactive mapping tool for displaying mineral resources and related information for the province of Manitoba.
Community Mapping Network
Open Data
British Columbia
Interactive web mapping services providing layers of natural resources information and maps. Extensive metadata is available including details about acquiring GIS data layers. First time users must install the free Autodesk Mapguide Viewer.
Northwest Territories, Canada Digital Atlas
Brock Licensed
Northwest Territories
A collection of maps and data based on work led by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Canada.
GeoSearch 2011
Open Data
Canada
This site provides an interactive tool for thematic mapping and searching 2011 census data.
Historical Atlas of Canada
Open Data
Canada
This site is an online learning project providing a rich environment in which one can explore a variety of historical themes and episodes in the history of Canada using interactive mapping tools, graphics and text.
Census Profiles Tables (CHASS)
Brock Licensed
Canada
Site provides census data and documention for various years of the census of Canada. NOTE: access is limited to valid Brock University academia only. This is the University of Toronto portal for Statistics Canada Census data. Census data profile tables are used for census mapping. For more information see Data and Statistics.
Atlas of Canada
Open Data
Canada
Site provides a wide range of interactive and static thematic maps of Canada. The popular Toporama interface available through the Atlas of Canada site provides seamless topographic coverage of the nation. The site links to GeoGratis for data downloads.
Canada's National Forest Inventory (CanFI)
Open Data
Canada
The inventory is compiled approximately every five years by aggregating provincial and territorial forest management inventories and reconnaissance level information. An overview is available in PDF format.
Canadian Wind Energy Atlas
Open Data
Canada
This site features colour maps representing the average wind velocity and power for the whole country, procedures for generating different simulation maps, and a download section where data files are used to create custom simulations.
National Atlas (USA)
Open Data
USA
Site offers interactive mapping plus a range of static maps in PDF and GIF format covering a variety of subject matter.
Google Maps
Open Data
World
An interactive road map with satellite imagery viewing options for the entire globe. Use Google search power to find street addresses, cities, countries and other locations of interest. Sign up with Google and create customized maps to share with others via email or a website. Instructions are available.
Google Earth
Open Data
World
A free software download providing a variety of geographic information on a satellite imagery base. Upgrades are available at a cost offering extra features such as importing GIS data layers, database files or data directly from a GPS unit. Instructions are available.
GEOSCAN
Open Data
Canada
A bibliographic database for scientific publications of the Earth Sciences Sector (ESS) of Natural Resources Canada. Instructions are available.
CartoMundi
Open Data
World
A Digital Map Library offering connections to international digitized map collections including large scale topographic mapping, cadastral mapping and more.
USGS Topographic Maps
Open Data
USA
United States topo and historical topographic map collection displayed and accessible through ArcGIS.com mapping interface.
National Earth Observation Data Framework Catalogue
Open Data
Canada
Utility for searching Natural Resources Canada for air photos and satellite remote sensing imagery.
Natural Earth
Open Data
World
Free downloads containing vector and raster datasets of the world. This data is available in 1:10 million, 1:50 million and 1:110 million scales.

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