Ministry of Environment

Scanned Maps – Using the Map List Spreadsheet to identify maps of interest

The Ministry of Environment has scanned its hardcopy maps to .tif files.  The scanned files (.tif), and in most cases associated geo-reference files, are available via a public web distribution site here: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/esd/distdata/ecosystems/TEI_Scanned_Maps/


Basic Steps:

  • Identify maps of interest and related information (such as reports, GIS data, etc.) using the TEI_Scanned_Map_Index.xls file. This file contains the list of maps and links to related information, with extra fields for sorting or filtering the data.
  • Use the hyperlinks in the “External Image Download URL” column to access and download the scanned map TIF files and associated geo-reference information (if desired).
  • Use the hyperlinks in the “Reference URL” columns to access and download other information related to the scanned maps.
  • View the .tf maps using MS Office Document Imaging, other image processing software or a GIS system.

Notes:

Geo-reference information is used in a GIS to plot the image geographically as a (usually semi-transparent) map layer. These files are not needed for viewing or printing the maps.

Use image processing software, or open the files with the MS Office Document Imaging application (available under Programs -> MS Office –> Tools). The default picture and fax viewers are not powerful enough to handle the large files. 

If you require a hardcopy print of a map, you may do a screen capture of the area on the map of interest (e.g. with ALT=PrintScreen), and paste this image into another document for printing, or you may arrange to have the whole map printed by your choice of reproduction/printing company. (Note that most maps are approximately 60-80 cm x 100 cm (2-2.5 feet x 3 feet) in size at original scale.)