Mt. Edziza Provincial Park
Topographic Hiking Maps

My first second 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 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 CanVec 50K BC Transport layer, downloaded in August 2017
  • Contours, hypsometric tint and shaded relief are derived from the 0.75" DEM downloaded from the Geospatial Data Extraction tool at 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 Processing software.
  • 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

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