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SEPTEMBER 26, 2008

Fall colours from space

Fall can be seen from this satellite image taken yesterday.

 SATELLITE PHOTO: September 25


Photo: Changing of the Seasons ceremony, Obabika Lake, 2008 -- spiritual leader Larry McLeod of the Nipissing First Nation

September 17 — Changing of the Seasons Ceremony hosted by Elder Alex Mathias at Obabika Lake, September 12 to 14.

Top: Guest spiritual leader Larry McLeod of the Nipissing First Nation (background).

Right: Lynne Roblin (left) and Alison Broadbent climbing trees in the old growth.

Bottom: Heating rocks and cedar water in the sacred fire for the sweat lodge (background). Left to right: Ed MacPherson, Veronica, Norm Head.

Photo: Changing of the Seasons ceremony, Obabika Lake, 2008, Lynne Roblin (left) and Alison Broadbent climbing trees in the old growth
Photo: Changing of the Seasons ceremony, Obabika Lake, 2008, heating rocks and cedar water in the sacred fire for the sweat lodge

SEPTEMBER 10, 2008

Federal topos on secret website

by Michael Peake

     Che-Mun magazine

We’re not sure how many of you know about this “secret” website, but it was news to us and we found it incredibly exciting. The ability to access Canadian topographic maps online has been around for a while. But with maps that were not the real topo maps that you could purchase. Now the real ones are available online.

Canada’s entire 1:50,000 and 1:250,000 map database has been scanned at 300 dpi and is available for free from the Natural Resources Canada website. The ftp site is bare bones to look at, but absolutely loaded with hundreds of high quality Canadian topographic maps, technically known as digital raster maps.


This is an ftp (file transfer protocol) site meant for moving large image files, which explains the sparse look. They are sorted according to the usual mapping protocol and when you download the stuffed file (zip file) it should extract onto your computer (you may need software that can unzip it). Each opened map comes in around 60 meg and that is at 300 dpi, which is very good quality. I found they could benefit from a little tweaking and some sharpening.

The first page shows links to the 1:250,000 and 1:50,000 series and you can follow the links and levels until you reach the map you are looking for.

This is a fabulous resource and I can only imagine what Eric Morse and his group would think of such incredible technology. Of course the problem is printing them. Only a high-scale plotter could print these maps at proper size, but there is nothing stopping you from cropping out the sections you need and making smaller one. We used to do it that way on our 50-plus-day trips when a huge pile of maps would accumulate, especially when you added in 1:50,000 maps for tricky crossings or difficult areas in headwaters.

The government is to be congratulated for such a superb use of the Internet’s resources. If you don’t know the number of the map you want simply go to the searchable database and you can search by feature name, latitude and longitude, or it will show a clickable map of Canada.



Originally printed in Spring '08 issue of Che-Mun: The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing hosted on Ottertooth.


MNR formalizes protection of lake trout lakes

Another footnote in MNR's ban on land development on lake trout lakes is the recent announcement to move ahead and make the policy permanent.

This is a formal rejection of an appeal by the Municipality of Temagami for special treatment. The town considers cottage development as its economic hope.

The town can still develop lots on warm-water lakes as they do not support naturally reproducing lake trout.

  EXTERNAL LINK:  Ontario's notice on lake trout lakes

RELATED STORIES:  Crown-land sales frozen on lake trout lakes

                               Minister says no to town on land sales



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