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Topographic maps at a scale of 1:20,000
This topographic mapping covers Quebec's territory up to the 52nd parallel and illustrates the physiographical and land use elements at a scale, which enables the display of each building. The data represented on those maps were extracted from aerial photograph at a scale of 1:40,000 acquired at an altitude of 6,300 meters.

The topographic map at a scale of 1:20,000 is ideal for the outdoor amateur, the hunter, the fisherman, the forest worker or any other person interested in obtaining local geographical information.

Each map covers an average surface of approximately 256 square kilometres. Different elements of the following categories can be located on the maps, at a precision of 4 meters.


  • Hydrography (lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, etc.);
  • Vegetation (forests, peatlands, tree nurseries, orchards, etc.);
  • Man-made constructions:

    • Transportation infrastructures (roads, bridges, airports, etc.);
    • Buildings (mobile homes, silos, greenhouses, etc.);
    • Equipments (docks, electrical transportation lines, aboveground tanks, etc.);
    • Designated areas (golf courses, borrow pits, etc.).

The places names toponymy and some annotations complete these thematic identifications.

Furthermore, a representation of the relief is produced using contour lines and spot heights (ground, structural and hydrographical). The contour lines illustrated on these maps correspond to a line representing spots of the same altitude, which are at 10 meters equidistance.


Topographic maps at a scale of 1:100,000
This topographic mapping covers Quebec's territory south of the 53rd parallel. It, too, illustrates the major physiographical and land use elements, but at a small scale, which enables large buildings display only. The data represented on these maps were obtained through the widespread application of 1:20,000 scale cartographical data, where available, or extracted from satellite imagery at a resolution of 10 meters for parts of the 51st to 53rd parallels' territory, which were not covered by the generalized data. These maps have a metric quality of less than 100 meters and each covers a territory of approximately 5,000 square kilometres. They illustrate, at so-called regional scale, various elements in the following categories:

  • Hydrography (lakes of over 3 hectares, permanent watercourses, marshes, etc.);
  • Vegetation (wooded areas and peatlands of more than 13 hectares);
  • Man-made constructions:

    • Transportation infrastructures (roads suitable for motor vehicles, bridges, airports, etc.);
    • Buildings with dimensions of more than 12,500 m2;
    • Equipments and designated areas.

The places names toponymy adapted to the cartographical scale and some annotations complete these thematic identifications. Furthermore, a representation of the relief is produced using contour lines at 20 meters equidistance and spot heights. A great number of those maps show recreational and protected area boundaries. It is thus possible to view the boundaries of the following territories:

  • Quebec and Canada National Parks as well as marine parks;
  • Ecological reserves, wildlife refuges, fauna national reserves and migratory birds refuges;
  • Wildlife reserves, controlled exploitation zones (CEZ), outfitter with exclusive rights and other wildlife territories;
  • Research and training forests as well as forestry sites.

Map of hunting areas at a scale of 1:250,000
This map, of Quebec southern part, illustrates the hunting area boundaries for the 2006-2007 regulation at a scale of 1:1,250,000. It includes an inset of its northern part at a scale of 1:5,000,000. This map also illustrates the hunting area boundaries (outfitter with exclusive rights, wildlife reserve, controlled exploitation zones) as well as those of the restricted or banned areas in addition to characteristics related to the hunting regulations in Quebec.
(2006 Edition)

Sizes: landscape format, 150 cm width by 91 cm height


Map of administrative regions at a scale of 1:1,250,000
This map presents an overview of the provice of Quebec and its administrative regions. The following elements are represented:

  • Hydrography, road system, toponymy, etc.
  • Administrative boundaries: regions, metropolitan communities, county regional municipalities and similar territories.

(2003 Edition)

Sizes: landscape format, 150 cm width by 91 cm height


Map of Quebec at a scale of 1:2,500,000
This map illustrates the major hydrographical elements, transportation infrastructures, inhabited places as well as public land. Furthermore, it includes two enlargements at a scale of 1:1,250,000 of Montreal and Quebec City's surroundings.
(2006 Edition)

Sizes: landscape format, 78 cm width by 100,5 cm height


Map of resources valorization at a scale of 1:2,500,000
This map illustrates the state, private and native property territories as well as the forestry development territories (territories under forest supply and management contract), mining (mining installations) and hydroelectric (major hydroelectric station, major hydroelectric reservoirs, hydroelectric energy transportation lines (230 kV and more)).
(2001 Edition)

Sizes : portrait format , 78 cm width by 100,5 cm height


Map of Quebec's natives at a scale of 1:3,000,000
This color map represents the native communities' distribution in Quebec. It shows the territory defined by the Baie-James and Northern Quebec Convention and the North-Easthern Quebec Convention as well as the occupied Indian reserves and establishments' lands. It also illustrates the natives' exercised laws on Quebec's territory's wildlife. A chart shows, by community, each band designation, the territorial units and their surface in addition to the resident and total population demographical data.

This reference map is as much current as it is unique regarding Quebec's natives reality (1996 edition) and is offered in both French and English versions.

Sizes : landscape format, 114 cm width by 76 cm height


Topographic maps of northern villages at a scale of 1:2,000
These maps were intended for those who intervene on the villages' territory and need a geographical reference tool. The maps are created by photogrammetric process using aerial photographs at a scale of 1:5,000.

They help locate, with great precision, the elements of the following categories:

  • Hydrography (lakes, rivers, etc.);
  • Transportation infrastructures (roads, bridges, airports, landing runways, etc.);
  • Various buildings and constructions (buildings, docks, aboveground reservoirs, posts, lighting units, etc.);
  • Vegetation (sparsely and densely wooded areas);

All is supported by the toponymy and annotations.

Furthermore, the relief representation is produced using contour lines at 2 meters equidistance and spot heights (ground, structural and hydrographical).

Sizes: landscape format, 95 cm width by 83 cm height


Map of the relief at a scale of 1:2,000,000
This map illustrates the ground and marine relief for the entire Quebec's territory. Ranges of color of equal value, enhanced by shading, represent various altitudes. The major summits as well as the large physiographical elements are identified by names and their culminating point's altitude, in meters. To this relief illustration, is added major hydrographical and land use elements with their associated toponymy. This map is offered in various versions according to the desired paper size. (2001 Edition)

Sizes : landscape format, 91,5 cm width by 112 cm height


Satellite image map at a scale of 1:250,000
These maps are cartographical documents created from satellite images. Each map is produced with one or more images at a resolution of 25 meters acquired by the Landsat-TM satellite. The upper road network and cartographical database toponymy at a scale of 1:250,000 are superimposed on these images. The satellite image map presents the territory's land use information.

The colors, textures and forms are used to distinguish the following information:

  • Forestry: leafy, mixed and resinous species, forest cutting;
  • Peatlands (bog, fen);
  • Information agricole : maïs, pommes de terre, foins, céréales, friches, pâturages;
  • Agriculture: corn, potato, hay, cereals, fallow and grazing lands;
  • Urban areas;
  • Topographic: hydrography and main roads;
  • Geologic: rocky outcrop, structures.

Sizes: landscape format, 71 cm width by 65 cm height


Maps of stands at a scale of 1:20,000
This topographical mapping covers Quebec's territory up to the 52nd parallel, approximately, and illustrates stands. The ecoforestry data represented on the maps were extracted from aerial photographs' interpretation at a scale of 1:15,000. Each map covers an average surface of 256 square kilometres.

It helps locate, with a precision of approximately 10 meters, the elements of the following categories:

  • Vegetation type (forest species, density, height, age class, etc.);
  • Ecological types (surficial deposits, slopes, etc.);
  • Land use (peatlands, gravel pits, etc.);
  • Hydrography (lakes, rivers, streams, marshes, etc.);
  • Transportation network and bridges.

Layer of flood hazard areas at a scale of 1:2,000
This second generation maps of layer of flood hazard at a scale of 1:2,000 concerns about 160 river sections.

It has been in production since 2001 (more than 100 sections were mapped up to date, represented on more than 200 maps at a scale of 1:2,000), and is created with airborne laser acquisitions.

This product, at a scale of 1:2,000, illustrates the following data:

  • Contour lines at 1 meter equidistance and spot heights;
  • High current zone (0-20 years);
  • Low current zone (20-100 years);
  • Flood plain limit for 2 years, 20 years and 100 years.
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