Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Service

HabitatWizard User Guide

Last Updated: November 2005

This user guide will cover the main features of the HabitatWizard.

Launching HabitatWizard
To launch the HabitatWizard, go to

I've Started HabitatWizard, now what?
Once HabitatWizard is started there are several ways to more around the province and view the information.

The first and simpliest way is to use the magnify tool to zoom to the area of interest.

The second way is to click on the "Find Location" tab. This tab will bring up a list of different parameters that can be used to search for a specific location. A common example would be where one is looking for a specific lake or stream. In this case:
Select the Find Location tab
Select the 'Lakes, Rivers and Stream' link
Enter in the name of the waterbody (hint: you do not have to type "Lake")
Select the waterbody from the list of Search Results. A map will load showing the selected waterbody highlighted in YELLOW (lake or stream)

I'm zoomed to my area of interest, what can I see?

Once you have selected a particular waterbody or zoomed to an area of interest, you should click on the Layers tab to see the different types of information that are available for viewing. The Fish Information folder at the top of the layers list can be clicked on to either show or hide the list of fish information that is currently viewable from the HabitatWizard. Clicking in the check box beside layer name

Here is the most common way users can find information about a specific waterbody:

Launch the Fish Wizard application
Select the tab
Select the ‘Lakes, Rivers and Streams’ link
Enter in the name of the waterbody (hint: you do not have to type "Lake")
Select the waterbody from the list of Search Results. A map will load showing the selected waterbody highlighted in YELLOW (lake or stream)
Hint: you can zoom out to view nearby lakes by selecting the tool at the top and clicking on the map
To find information on a waterbody, select the from the toolbar
Click on the waterbody. A link to the Lake or Stream Report will appear in the right window.
Click on this report link to view the report.
Open and close the folders - see the list below
Lake depth maps can be found by opening the folderLake Depth Maps:
click the sign beside the lake name to view the maps available for download - see "view PDF map" link
Lake or Stream Reports
Within the Lake or Stream Reports, the following information can be found by selecting the folder icon beside it to open.

Reference Information: Name, Region, Biophysical attributes, UTM coordinates, Watershed Code, Mapsheet #, etc.
Species Present: Species present as reported during historic surveys
Lake Depth Maps: Bathymetric Maps, click the sign beside the lake name to view the maps available for download - see "view PDF map" link
Named Tributaries: Lists the names of tributaries to the lake. Click on the stream name to view the available Stream Report information.
Stocking Information: View and print the reported fish stocking activities for this waterbody for the last 5 years.
Obstructions: View the reported fish obstructions such as culverts. click thesign bedside the listed obstruction for more details. Available in Stream Reports only.

Salmon Escapements: The most recent salmon escapement information is available on MAPSTER v2.0 from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


If you wish to close an opened folder of information, click on the folder of interest.

Layers and Location Views
To view a larger area, select the icon and click anywhere on the map.

Map scale views can be altered by either selecting the ‘Scale’ link in the tab and entering the desired scale measurement or by entering into the Scale field at the bottom of the screen.

The current mapping tool used is identified at the bottom of the screen.

(example Map Tool: Identify Lakes, Rivers and Streams)

Using the Layers
Layers available will show if the scale of the map allows these layers to be visible. Zoom out or change the scale to view layers (see Navigation above). At the tab, select or deselect a layer to customize the map. This customization will be “remembered” as the navigation continues.

Example: if the user deselects ‘Transportation’ and then chooses to view a map/lake report for a waterbody, the map will not show any roads since the layer was deselected. To view the roads again, select the tab again and reselect ‘Transportation’