About "Mapping"

Creative and accurate cartography that illustrates Canada’s landscapes and geology, wildlife routes, communities, history, changing boundaries and more.

historic disease map

The earliest instances of disease mapping can be traced back to 1691, when Fillippo Ariette mapped quarantine zones in Bari, Italy. (Controlling the Geographical Spread of Infectious Disease: Plague in Italy, 1347-1851)

Controlling the Geographical Spread of Infectious Disease: Plague in Italy, 1347-1851
‘Maps aren't magic,’ says University of British Columbia prof — but during disease outbreaks, they can help us sort good information from bad
Best Canadian Geographic maps 2019
Cartographic highlights from Canadian Geographic’s 2019 issues
Ottawa, deep mapping, gentrification, city

Chris Brackley/Can Geo

Chris Brackley/Can Geo
Thanks to machine learning, researchers have been able to monitor and map gentrification across the nation’s capital 
plastic waste reduction map

A map of spots around the world making positive change to reduce plastic waste. (Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo)

plastic waste reduction map
Showcasing developments and policy changes related to plastic reduction around the world 

Map: Detail of Map to illustrate Mr. Kane’s travels [1845-1848] in the territory of the Hudson’s Bay Company, 1859, Edward Weller and Paul Kane, London, Longman & Co., Library and Archives Canada, e011303037. Stamp: Paul Kane, painter, 1971, Canada Post Corporation, Library and Archives Canada, s000605k, © Canada Post Corporation, 1971. Reproduced with permission.

The legacy of artist Paul Kane‘s epic 19th-century journey across Canada
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system, shipping, cargo, anniversary

Movement of cargo shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway across the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system. (Map: Chris Brackley/Canadian Geographic)

Map: Chris Brackley/Can Geo
North America’s marine superhighway has weathered six decades of shifting international and domestic politics, trade breakdowns and new alliances, booms and recessions 
Juno Beach map and Canadian soldiers

A map of the D-Day landing sites on Juno Beach and the surrounding communities (left). Canadian soldiers from Quebec’s Régiment de la Chaudière speak with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
(Map: Detail of Juno area, Beach Chartlet. n.s., 1944, issued for Fleet Purposes by the Hydrographic Dept. of the Admiralty, 18th Feb. 1944 under the Superintendence of Vice-Admiral Sir John Edgell K.B.E., C.B., F.R.S., Hydrographer, 1944, Ian William Workman fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011297133. Photo: Canadian soldiers, including Capt. M.A. Cardinal, from Régiment de la Chaudière with residents of Bernières-sur-Mer on June 6, 1944, Library and Archives Canada/Department of National Defence fonds/e010750632)

A map of Juno Beach, and Canadian soldiers in Normandy on D-Day
Marking the 75th anniversary of the Juno Beach landings
Assassin's Creed Odyssey landscape

A scene from the made-in-Canada video game Assassin's Creed Oydssey, which showcases the detail with which the landscape was recreated using real-world maps. (Image: Ubisoft Québec)

Image: Ubisoft Québec
Maps have long played a critical role in video games, whether as the main user interface, a reference guide, or both. As games become more sophisticated, so too does the cartography that underpins them. 
Map of Eastern Canada, and Joey Smallwood

A 1945 map of Eastern Canada and a picture of Joey Smallwood taken in 1949.

(Map: Detail of Geological map of the Dominion of Canada, map 820A [1 sheet of 2], published by Department of Mines and Resources, Mines and Geology Branch, Bureau of Geology and Topography, 1945, Robert Alexander MacKay fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e011202575. Photo: Joey R. Smallwood, 11 Jan. 1949, © Yousuf Karsh, Yousuf Karsh fonds, Library and Archives Canada, e004665476-v6.

Joey Smallwood and a map of Eastern Canada
How a divisive political battle put Newfoundland on the map
Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River

An aerial view of the Wind River, the headwaters of the Peel River watershed in the Yukon. (Photo: David McGuffin)

Peel River Expedition 2019 aerial view of Wind River
David McGuffin shares insights from his daily log during his summer 2018 expedition retracing a legendary trek on the Yukon’s Peel River
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