Content for North America continues to improve through Community Map participation

Expanded coverage continues to improve the World Topographic Map in regions of Canada and the United States, thanks to contributions from the community.

The Story Map below features some of the cultural amenities these areas have to offer.

Sitting 578 feet above sea level on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan is the City of Chicago, IL. This multicultural city thrives on its diversity and is passionate about its professional sports teams. 86 million annual visitors enjoy the city’s extensive park lands, sports facilities and world class restaurants. This update will provide greater detail for the Magnificent Mile District, Navy Pier and the many beautiful parks located throughout the city.

This web map is a great example of how ArcGIS basemaps can be employed as a background for your data. This app leverages our Community Maps by showing area hospitals in the Chicago and Cooke County area.

Approximately 200 miles north, lies Appleton, WI. This safe and family-friendly city was included in the Top 100 places to live in 2010 by Money Magazine. Every Thursday throughout the summer, Appleton residents head over to Houdini Plaza for the Heid Music Summer Concert Series. This new and highly detailed content will make finding public parking and navigating your way through the city center effortless.

North of the border in Ontario, Canada contributors in Sudbury have improved the Community Map. Interestingly, Sudbury was created in 2001 by merging several previously unincorporated townships. It is the largest city in Northern Ontario and the seventh largest municipality by area. The most popular tourist attraction in the Greater Sudbury region by far is the Science North Museum, located along the banks of Lake Ramsey. Sudbury is home to Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek and Olympian swimmer Alex Baumann.

The neighbors to the west in Manitoba have updated the Rural Municipality of East St. Paul.  Lying just to the north-east of Winnipeg, this rural community consists of 16 square miles. East St. Paul is an early adopter of Community Maps and have been incorporating ArcGIS basemap solutions into many of the community’s web applications, like this one that provides information on Community Planning and Development.

East St. Paul applications also include this all purpose Recreation Map.

If you are traveling through Edmonton by plane, you will enjoy a detailed map of the Edmonton International Airport, making it a bit easier to find your rental car pick up. Esri Canada has created this detailed Web Map that includes buildings, landmarks, and parks with coverage down to 1:1000.

Edmonton International Airport is the fifth busiest airport in Canada in terms of passengers and is the largest airport in Canada as measured by land mass, it is located in the Province of Alberta.

Also located in Alberta, Cochrane is one of our new contributors to Community Maps. Cochrane is the second largest town in the Alberta Province and also happens to be one of the fastest growing communities in all of Canada. Whether you are a professional or armature runner, you are welcome to take the Run at the Ranch Challenge. This race is in support of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park. This event is coming up on August 25th, so get your 5K, 10K, or Half-Marathon registrations in soon!

Our last stop takes us to Canada’s western Province of British Columbia and the Village of Alert Bay. Alert Bay has updated content from 1:9K to 1:1K, providing great detail for this tourist community. This small community is located on Cormorant Island, off the coast of Vancouver Island.  The island is four kilometers long, and about one kilometer wide at its narrowest point.  The Village of Alert Bay and the ‘Namgis First Nation signed a unique document in 1999 under which they agreed to mutual support in civic and cultural matters affecting both jurisdictions.  The historic Alert Bay Accord is a landmark document, the first of its kind in Canada between a municipality and a First Nation.

We are beginning to see some nice web maps from this community like this one of the Yalis / Village of Alert Bay Trails, British Columbia authored by Esri Canada.

The ArcGIS Content Team is seeking authoritative content from the ArcGIS Community. If you have content that you would like to contribute to the world’s most authoritative map, you may register using the Community Maps Registration Site. Our team will review your application and contact you.

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

  • Chicago, IL, United States (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Appleton, WI, United States (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada  (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • East St. Paul, Manitoba, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Edmonton International Airport, Alberta, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) Update
  • Cochrane, Alberta, Canada (Topo 1:9k to 1:1k) New Contributor
  • Village of Alert Bay, British Columbia, Canada  (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.

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