Explore the Map
- Trail Information: Clicking on an individual Trail will give you access to basic information on that trail such as its name, photos, description, length, trail type, permitted activities, environment, PDF map (when available) and other resources (see What are some useful tips and shortcuts for using the interactive map? for instructions on how to interact with trail sections and open the right panel window).
- Other Information: You will find other useful information when zooming and dragging with the map (in order to access these points, you must zoom in until you can see them on the map):
- Warnings: General warnings or road information on The Trail.
- Stops: Parking, Access Point and Rest Area. Click any location to see what services are available. Services can include information centre, trailhead, restrooms, water and/or camping. You can also get directions to Parking and Access Points.
- Explore Photos: Click the icon with the camera ("Photos") at the bottom of the map to explore nearest trail photos. Click on any photo to see specific Trail Information. If no photos appear, navigate around until you find one!
- Interact with trails: Click any part of the Trail and a right panel window will appear with basic information (name, photos, description, length, trail type, activities, environment, trail type, PDF map, other resources, etc.).
- Navigation: Hold the left button of your mouse to drag the map in any direction.
- Zoom in/out: There are four different ways to zoom in or out:
- Scale Bar: Use the Scale Bar arrows on the right side of the map to zoom in or out. Zoom to a specific level by clicking anywhere on the vertical bar.
- Mouse Wheel: Roll your mouse wheel forward to zoom in or backward to zoom out.
- Double-Click: Double-click anywhere on the map to zoom in to that location.
- SHIFT Key: Hold down the SHIFT key and draw a square zone with the mouse to zoom in on a particular location.
- Base maps: Switch the base map by clicking this icon on the left side. Then select any basemap such as "Topographic" (default), "Imagery", "Dark Gray Canvas", etc.
- Legend: Click this icon on the left side to see the legend.
- Geolocation: Click the target icon on the left side to turn on and off the geolocation. This functionality will locate your current position on the map.
Follow these steps to create your own map:
- Click the Custom Map icon on the top bar of the interactive map screen. Click the “X” in the upper right corner to close the window and start again.
- Choose the location you wish to display on your map by using the pan or zoom.
- Choose your base map (click the icon on the left side of the interactive map).
- Fill in the form by entering a title and a description, and by choosing a page size and an output format. Click “Submit” to create the map.
- Once the map is created, open it by clicking its name from the list. The map will open in a new browser tab. You can save it to your computer.
- Click any trail on the map. At the bottom of the Trail Information window, click the Download icon.
- Select a download format: KML (Google Earth) or GPX (GPS device). Note that only data for operational trails will be downloaded. GPX data will be downloaded as ZIP files.
- Click “Download” to generate the file. Click the output once created from the list. A “Save As” dialog window will open in order to save to your computer.
NOTE: Many downloads can be created one after the other. Just click "Clear List" to start over with a fresh list.
NOTE: To download longer stretches of The Trail, see How do I measure a section of the Trail? instructions.
- Click the Measure the Trail icon on the top bar of the interactive map screen. A plus sign will appear with the word “Start” next to it when the pointer is on the top of the map.
- Click on the location where you want your line to start. Once you’ve selected a starting point the cursor will automatically change from “start” to “end”. Click on the location where you want your line to end. The length of the measured section will appear.
- Click "Clear" to start again.
- Option: Click the button "Download Highlighted Trail" to download the measured portion of the Trail (see How do I download data of the Trail? for download instructions).
- Trails: Click the Trail name from the list to zoom to it and open its related information.
- Places: Click the Place name from the list to zoom to it (address, city, province and/or postal code are accepted).
Trans Canada Trail
Health: inspiring active living and transportation.
Environment: preserving green space and promoting conservation.
Education: deepening awareness of Canada’s history, culture and natural heritage.
Economic Development: stimulating tourism and creating jobs.