Geospatial Information, Distribution and Support

Geospatial Information Distribution and Support provides geospatial products and services to the public and other government agencies through five units.  Products include mapping products throughout Canada, Aerial photography for Manitoba dating from 1928 to present day, custom mapping products, geospatial information and services through the Manitoba Land Initiative (MLI) and GIS analysis and project work.

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We are your one-stop shopping centre for maps across Canada. offers a wide variety of maps to guide you as you fish, sail, paddle, hike or drive your way across this great nation of ours.  Below is a description of some of the maps we carry.  For a full listing of products please visit our website at

National Topographic Maps:
There are over 13,000 topographic maps of Canada produced by Natural Resources Canada at the scale of 1:250,000 and 1:50,000.  Topographic maps detail the physical features of the land including the lands contour lines, roads, communities, lakes, rivers etc.  The 1:250,000 scale maps cover an 80 mile x 80 mile area and 1” = approximately 4 miles.  These maps are great for planning and giving you an overview of a larger area.  The 1:50,000 scale is the most detailed topographic map covering a 20 mile x 20 mile area and 1” = approximately 1 ¼”.  These maps are very detailed and allow you to focus on specific areas with greater detail, these maps are great for all outdoor activities.

Canadian Hydrographic Charts:
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canadian Hydrographic Services, produces boating charts for all of Canada’s coastal waters as well as for large inland lakes and rivers including Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba, the Winnipeg River System, Lake Winnipegosis and Lake of the Woods.  These charts are made specifically for boating and include depth, underwater structure, markers, etc.  These are perfect for boating, sailing and fishing.

Canadian Aeronautical Charts:
NavCanada produces all air navigation charts for Canada including VNC’s, VTA’s, Canada Flight Supplement (CFS), Water Aerodrome Supplement, CAP’s, HI’s and LO’s etc.  These are a must for commercial, private and bush pilots.

Angling Maps:
Angling maps are produced for smaller lakes within Manitoba and Ontario.  These maps provide depth contours, shorelines, UTM grid (waypoints for handheld GPS units), incoming rivers/streams etc.  Perfect for the angler.

For more information on available maps please visit

National Topographic Map


Hydro Chart 6251


Canadian Aeronautical Chart


Angling Map

Manitoba Air Photo Library

The Air Photo Library provides a wealth of information on the Manitoba landscape and how it has changed over the years.  The Air Photo Library houses approximately 1,000,000 aerial photos dating from 1928 to present day. 

The Air Photo Library is currently being scanned to take it from a completely analogue system to a modern digital library.  The unit has obtained a Vexcel Scanner which allows the scanning of photography directly from the negatives.  This will allow staff to provide first generation photos to clients.  At the same time staff is working on geo-referencing analogue flight line maps in order to make searching for photos much more efficient. All photography in the library is available for purchase, to order photography or other items please contact our office and our sales representatives will assist you.

Contact Us

Map and Photo Sales
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3H 0W4
toll-free: 1-877-627-7226
telephone: (204) 945-6666
fax: (204) 945-1365

Air Photo Legislative
Building Date of Photo: 1928
Oblique Image


Legislative Building and Surrounding Area
Date of Photo: 2009 Vertical Image

Geographic Mapping

The Geographic Mapping Unit  produces and maintains various mapping products that are sold through the sales counter and the web site. These maps include base maps (wall maps) of Manitoba, angling maps, canoe route maps, photo township maps, etc.

This unit also produces custom mapping products for both the private and public sectors.
For more information on custom mapping products contact:

Contact Us

Custom Mapping Products

1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3H 0W4
toll-free: 1-877-627-7226
telephone: (204) 945-6606
fax: (204) 945-1365

Manitoba Base Map


Historical River


Township map


GIS Analysis and Support

This unit provides GIS analysis, support, guidance and mentoring to government branches and agencies and keeping pace with Governments adoption of GIS technology allowing the sharing of Geospatial information between departments more effective and efficient. This will assist in improved management of resources, decision making and planning.

Specific project work is requested by branches within government to assist with analysis work. These projects extend to all facets of government and include core data sets, fire protection, public safety, social sciences, resource planning, emergency management etc. GIS data can be utilized on desktops in offices as well as on field web based applications.

This area has assisted many branches and departments with GIS projects including but not limited to:

  • Fire Smart Program – Office of the Fire Commissioner
  • Park Management Plan Maps – Conservation & Water Stewardship
  • Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) Regional Boundaries
  • National Hydrography Network
  • Mapping flooding in Spruce Woods Provincial Park
  • Lake Winnipeg Watershed Map
  • Game Hunting Area Maps
  • Assiniboine River LiDAR Quality Assessment
  • Duck Mountain ATV trail mapping
  • Protected Areas Initiative (PAI) Reporting Database
  • Ecological Reserve Boundaries
  • LiDAR data inventory
  • GIS data library updates and maintenance

Contact Us

GIS Analysis and Support
1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3H 0W4
toll-free: 1-877-637-7226
telephone: (204) 945-2586
fax: (204) 945-1365

First Nations interests and communities in Manitoba

FireSmart Program pre-response plan map for the Victoria Beach area

FireSmart Program pre-response plan map for the Falcon Lake area

Manitoba Land Initiative (MLI)

The Manitoba Land Initiative (MLI) is a cross-departmental partnership project and corporate approach to Land Information Systems and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the Government of Manitoba.

Enabling access to geo-spatial information from the Government of Manitoba ...

To Your Desktop.

The goals of the MLI are to:

  • Harmonize and share government’s land related information from different departments and make them available.

  • Integrate and provide access to existing information in areas such as resource management, environmental impact analysis, public safety, sustainable development and to encourage investment in the province.

The MLI website is the source for geo-spatial information from the Government of Manitoba and is intended for both the GIS expert and decision maker. This web site allows on-line access to the MLI corporate land data warehouse.

The MLI and its database represent an important starting point for sharing of governmental land-related knowledge and information.  This site is a part of an ongoing process, not a fixed or final product.  GIS users and decision-makers will now guide future evolvement of this tool based upon their business needs.

Click here to access the Manitoba Land Initiative (MLI)

Contact Us

Manitoba Land Initiative

1007 Century Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
R3H 0W4
Telephone: (204) 945-2586
Fax: (204) 945-1395


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