Mt. Edziza Provincial Park
Topographic Hiking Maps
first second edition of topographic
hiking maps for Mt. Edziza Provincial Park is out.
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, the provisional
black-and-white editions that 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.
The full atlas (all 28 maps shown above) is $79. You can
also buy half sets:
- Edziza NORTH (Buckley Lake to
Mowdade Lake, maps in rows 2 through 7) for $49
- Edziza SOUTH (Mowdade Lake to
Arctic Lake, maps in rows 8 through 12) for $39
The maps show the following data:
- Named places are from
Names layer for BC, downloaded September 2017.
Unfortunately, these are point features, so in the
case of labelling linear features (like ridges or
rivers) and areal features (like mountain ranges)
the location of the label is somewhat arbitrary.
- 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
- 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 Canada.ca in June 2018
- Wetlands are from the
Freshwater Wetlands layer for mapsheet 104G,
downloaded from DataBC
in February 2018
- Glaciers are from the
Freshwater Glaciers layer, downloaded from DataBC in
- Lakes are from the Freshwater Lakes Atlas
layer, downloaded from DataBC in
- Rivers are from the
Freshwater Rivers layer, downloaded from DataBC in
- Vegetation is from the
BC Land layer, downloaded in March 2018