Community Maps Participants have improved our maps in several regions of North America

We just expanded the detailed coverage in our World Topographic Map for select regions of Canada and the United States, thanks to contributions from the community.

Last month, flood waters in the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and Ontario greatly impacted the towns of Canmore and Kenora. Canmore, Alberta, lies in the Bow Valley between Calgary and Banff National Park. However, the festival grounds that will host the upcoming 36th Annual Canmore Folk Music Festival received little damage and the festival will run as scheduled. This update includes detailed coverage from 1:9K to 1:1K scale range. Finding a spot to place your blanket in Centennial Park or navigating the streets of town for free public parking should not be a problem.

Updated Topographic Map

Canmore, Alberta

Kenora, Ontario, situated on the Lake of the Woods and known for its natural attractions, has updated coverage from 1:9K to 1:1K and will also host the city’s summer and winter festivals and concerts at the Harbourfont as planned, and finding your way to the famous Husky the Muskie in McLeod Park will be easy.

Updated Topographic Map

Kenora, Ontario

In response to last month’s flooding, Esri Canada created this Canada Flood Map as part of the Community Maps Program. The map provides seasonal information from 2006 – 2011.

Canada Flood Map

We have not stopped there. There are more updates for British Columbia to include Prince George and Squamish. Prince George is the 9th largest city in British Columbia, with over 76,000 citizens. They are the self-proclaimed “Northern Capital” and take pride in their motto, “Shaping Northern Destiny”. Expanded coverage in this area includes 1:9K to 1:1K detail created by Esri Canada, including buildings, landmarks, parcels, vegetation, and parks.

Updated Topographic Map

Prince George, British Columbia

Squamish lies along the Sea to Sky Highway (Canada Hwy 99). To celebrate the local climbing culture, the Squamish Mountain Film Festival runs from July 17 to July 21. Head over to the corner of Victoria and Cleveland if you are looking for fresh seasonal produce; the Squamish Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday through October.

Updated Topographic Map


Founded in 1861, St. Albert is a suburban city located northwest of Edmonton. Our expanded detail of 1:9K to 1:1K will allow you to navigate through the Red Willow Park Trail System that connect many of St. Albert’s schools, neighborhoods, and parks, including Lacombe Lake Park.

St. Albert

Looking south to the United States, incoming freshmen to both Kutztown and Loma Linda Universities will locate the student union, library and classroom buildings with ease now that campus level detail is available. Kutztown University of Pennsylvania offers a wide range of academic curriculum including Business, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts. Our expanded coverage and detail will help students navigate the 289 acre campus.

Updated Topographic Map

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Located in sunny Southern California, Loma Linda University ranks No.1 in Southern California’s Inland Empire for the third straight year. The university offers degrees in 11 unique specialties. Loma Linda, CA, is the American ‘Blue Zone’, where the longest living people in America reside. Students and doctors will enjoy detailed scale levels as they migrate to and from the university and medical center.

Updated Topographic Map

Loma Linda, CA

To create campus level detail areas for parks, colleges, corporate campuses, universities, and facilities like sports arenas, try using the Campus Basemap Template. This template has become increasingly popular and is providing increased detail to special areas of interest.

Other updates in this region include Irvine, CA. Irvine is a well-planned city with a strong business-minded community that enjoys state-of-the-art transportation programs and systems, and top notch educational institutions. Every September, Irvine celebrates its diverse culture at the Global Village Festival, featuring international cuisine, music, and arts and crafts activities. The festival is held at Colonel Barber Memorial Park.

For a detailed look at all of the expanded coverage and available scales for this release, take a Story Map tour of these communities.

Story Map tour

Here’s a list of all the community contributors for this release:

  • Canmore, Alberta, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Kenora, Ontario, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • St. Albert, Alberta, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Squamish, British Columbia, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Prince George, British Columbia, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Irvine, California, United States (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Loma Linda University – California, United States (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Kutztown University – Pennsylvania, United States (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update

These contributions were made through the Community Maps Program. For more information visit the Community Maps Program Resource Center.

The service was updated on the following servers: and If you have previously used the World_Topo_Map, you may need to clear your cache in order to see the updates.

If you have feedback on content, try our Topographic Map Feedback web map.

If you have other feedback or comments, please post them to the ArcGIS Online forum.

This entry was posted in ArcGIS Online, Community Maps and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.