third fourth edition of topographic hiking maps
for Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is printed and available.
These maps are at 1:35,000 scale, and are printed on waterproof,
tearproof paper. Each sheet is 11" x 17".
The inspiration of these maps was the difficulty that hikers have
obtaining topographic maps for the park. One choice is the
1:50,000 NTS sheets (e.g., 104G07), but these are, for the most
part, from the 1950s and one is a black-and-white edition. They
have no shaded relief and have not been updated for decades.
Another choice is the 1:20,000 TRIM maps which can be downloaded
free of charge from the BC government, but they call for large
sheets of paper and the cost of printing them for the entire park
is in the hundreds of dollars.
The innovation here is the idea that hikers' maps can be on small
pieces of paper. That is, by printing them on 11x17 paper,
printing costs can be kept low. There is the accompanying
convenience of making the maps easy to fold, store and carry.
Twenty-eight maps cover the full park from Arctic Lake to Buckley
Lake, as shown below.
These are currently available in Smithers at
- Interior Stationary and Books
- Outdoor Essentials.
If you would like to mail-order a set, please email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. Shipping is $18 in addition to the
cost of the mapset.
The full atlas (all 28 maps shown above) is $99. You can also
buy half sets:
- Edziza NORTH (Buckley Lake to Mowdade
Lake, maps in rows 2 through 7) for $59
- Edziza SOUTH (Mowdade Lake to Arctic Lake,
maps in rows 8 through 12, plus 7B and 7C) for $59
The maps show the following data:
- Named places are from NRCan's Geographic
Names layer for BC, downloaded September 2017. Labels
for point features have been placed by hand, and labels for
area features have been placed on curves.
- Streams are from the Freshwater
Stream Network layer for mapsheet 104G, downloaded from DataBC in April 2015
- Park boundaries are from the Parks
and Protected Areas layer, downloaded from DataBC
in 2011, and are have been confirmed as current to 2020.
- Historical trails are from the
BC Transport layer, downloaded in August 2017
- Contours, hypsometric tint and shaded
relief are derived from the 0.75" DEM downloaded from
Data Extraction tool at Canada.ca in June 2018
- Shaded relief and hypsometric tint were generated
from SRTM 1 (30 metre resolution). The shaded relief was
created using skymodels and Jake Adams's Raster Chunk
- Wetlands are from the Freshwater Wetlands layer for
mapsheet 104G, downloaded from DataBC
in February 2018
- Glaciers were originally from the Freshwater Glaciers
layer, downloaded from DataBC
in 2013, but have since been updated based on ice extents
as seen in Sentinel-2 satelite images captured in
September of 2020.
- Lakes are
from the Freshwater Lakes Atlas layer, downloaded from DataBC
in August 2015
- Rivers are from the Freshwater Rivers layer,
downloaded from DataBC
in April 2013
- Vegetation is from the CanVec 50K
BC Land layer, downloaded in March 2018