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Old 03-23-2013, 03:27 PM   #1
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Topographic Maps

Anyone know of a store or source in Victoria/Vancouver for maps which detail Vancouver Island? I've got one of the map books but these are a bit of a pain as you flip from page to page. I want to put a big one up on my wall to stare at - call me old school.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:46 PM   #2
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Thumb Nanaimo Maps & Charts is your answer

Nanaimo Maps and Charts at 8 Church Street Phone:250-754-2513

I live in Victoria and had to go there...then in Victoria had it 'encapsulated' at Island BluePrint. Am old school too. Am assuming you're after the 1:50,000 topo...Worth the ride....then let's connect and see what we have...


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Old 03-23-2013, 07:44 PM   #3
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Thank you Yatman. I was checking around marine stores in Cowichan Bay today, the guy there told me that the 'Queen's Printer' in Victoria was the only source - he went online to look it up and drew a blank - it seems they aren't doing that kind of stuff anymore. I'll head up to Nanaimo on my next set of days off and see what they have.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:52 PM   #4
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I think that this store has been there for the last 30 years - I used to live in Nanaimo and I remember a map store right near the Villa Hotel. I'm amazed that it still exists.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:37 AM   #5
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http://www.worldofmaps.com/

These folks have a decent selection of maps
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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http://www.worldofmaps.com/

These folks have a decent selection of maps
There's my back-up source if the shop in Nanaimo doesn't have what I need. Thanks.
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:27 AM   #7
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You could try International Travel Maps and Books in Vancouver
12300 Bridgeport Road Richmond BC
604-273-1400
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:17 PM   #8
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There's a great FREE app called "Topographic Maps Canada" I have for my phone.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...aps.free&hl=en
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:50 PM   #9
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.... I want to put a big one up on my wall to stare at - call me old school.
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There's a great FREE app called "Topographic Maps Canada" I have for my phone. ....


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Old 03-29-2013, 06:48 PM   #10
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Got to give him credit for trying to drag an older generation person into the modern age. Who knows maybe in a couple of years when the novelty of the new technology fades, we'll be dragging him back to our way of doing things.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:41 PM   #11
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Try hiking stores, like MEC in Victoria. Also call Island BluePrint in Victoria. Ask for the 1:50,000 NTS maps. They are OK, but you wont find many logging roads on them. You might be able to buy BC Govt TRIM maps 1:20,000 which much more recent.

The backroads mapbook stuff is way out of date for logging roads too. We just end up have to map our own. from all the rides we go on.
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Old 04-02-2013, 08:25 AM   #12
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All canadian topo maps are available for download via a website called Geogratis (just google it). to figure out what map you need to get find the index number using the NTS index map (NTS- National Topographic System). There are 2 series of maps, CanMatrix which is the regular topo maps and another series (can't remember the name off the top of my head) that has no borders so you can stitch them together. download what you want and then either send them to a print shop or buy the sheets you want now that you know the coverage area.

The backroad map book series is much better than the NTS maps IMHO, but they are in book format not as large sheets for your wall.
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Old 04-02-2013, 02:59 PM   #13
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I went to the map store in Nanaimo yesterday and bought what I needed - some were on backorder. It would seem that the source for all these maps - nautical or topographic is the federal government. Nothing is handled by the provincial government anymore. There's quite the selection at this shop and they generally run $20 a sheet.
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Old 04-02-2013, 03:35 PM   #14
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I know you were looking for print, but for those who are looking for topo maps on GPS, I just bought the Ontario version of Backroad Maps (www.gpsmaps.ca), and it's incredible. Oodles of detail, topos, logging roads, trails...way, way more than Garmin and lots of locally sourced info.

Definitely worth checking out. They have a Vancouver Island specific version.

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Old 04-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #15
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I just pulled my GPS off my old GS this winter - I wasn't using it anyway. The diminishing eyesight wasn't helping things either. Now I just take my map bag with the sheets folded accordingly and glance at my tank on occasion. A tried and proven method of navigating. I was thinking of getting a Garmin 600 but some of the postings in that other forum kind of steered me away. All the GPS wiring and my titanium mount are still there if I chose to go that route again. I'm just kind of enjoying looking at the sights around me.
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