Raster Base Maps

A raster map is a digital image or bitmap that is made up of a grid of pixels. The B.C. Government provides raster base maps in three different scales. The topographic map data used to create the digital raster maps is derived from varying data sources.

Product Details

Raster base maps are available in three scales: 1:20,000, 1:250,000 and 1:2,000,000.

Specifications

The 1:20,000 scale digital raster base maps are derived from Terrain Resource Information Management (TRIM) 1:20,000 topographic data. As TRIM files are updated, so are the corresponding raster base maps.

The Province of B.C. is covered by 7027 of these map sheets. The base maps depict roads, streams, lakes, wetlands, glaciers, coastlines and other features in colour against the greyscale background, which may appear pixelated when zoomed in.

Pixel size

2 metres

Background colour

Greyscale, hillshaded

Elevation grid

25 metres

Image formats

GeoTIFF, PDF

Projection

UTM, Albers (for GeoTIFF only)

The 1:250,000 scale digital raster base maps are derived from the 1:250,000 Canadian National Topographic System (NTS) base maps. They were produced by scanning layers of the federal paper map series.

The Province of B.C. is covered by 89 of these map sheets. With an appearance similar to the 1:20,000 series of maps, the 1:250,000 raster base maps are appropriate where a higher level, less detailed view is required.

Pixel size

10 metres

Background colour

Greyscale, hillshaded

Elevation grid

25 metres

Image formats

GeoTIFF, PDF

Projection

UTM, Albers (for GeoTIFF only)

Derived from various provincial sources, a single 1:2,000,000 scale digital raster base map is available. The roads and place names are originally from 2006 and are updated annually.

Pixel size

100 metres

Background colour

Greyscale, hillshaded

Elevation grid

200 metres

Image formats

GeoTIFF, PDF, ECW

Projection

Albers

 

How to Acquire

Raster base maps can be ordered from the Base Map Online Store:

A directory of map files, listed by format and by maptile, is available from DataBC:

Pricing

Product

Cost

Digital raster base maps (any scale)

No charge

Delivery Times

The product will be available to download in the requested format within minutes of placing a Base Map Online Store order. You will receive an email with an FTP link. The order will be purged from the FTP server after seven (7) days.

Allowable Reproduction

Anyone is allowed to print off one copy of these maps for personal use without permission from the Province of British Columbia.

License & Ownership

Copyright © 2013, Province of British Columbia. All rights reserved. This material is owned by the Government of British Columbia and protected by copyright law. It may not be reproduced or redistributed without the prior written permission of the Province of British Columbia.

Base Map Online Store

It is recommended that users understand the Base Map Online Store instructions and policies before making an order.

GeoBC

Digital raster base maps of B.C. are produced by GeoBC.

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