Giant Canadian Floor Map Series

Giant Canadian Floor Map - CGCRT June 2014 - Giant Floor Map 2Giant Canadian Floor Map Series

Canadian Geographic is providing Canadian educators (K to 12) with a new innovative hands-on creative way to teach Canada’s rich geographic history to younger generations.

Their “Giant Floor Map Program” is a free resource that teachers can borrow to help enhance students’ geography experiences through a hands-on, fun creative way to learn. The large giant floor maps of Canada, are created from a heavy-stock vinyl material and cover an area of just over 84 square meters (roughly half the size of an elementary school gymnasium). Each map series also comes with an activity trunk that includes a Teacher’s guide, media kit and pre-planned activities with all required materials.

It is really hard to appreciate the true size, resolution and quality of these maps through photos on the web, however one of the maps were displayed at the June CGCRT national workshop that I attended and I must say, these giant floor maps are just as impressive as they sound and certainly will provide many young people with a new perspective for mapping and the spatial extent of Canada.


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The Giant Floor maps are available on loan for 3-week periods throughout the school year and by special request during the summer.

The following Giant Floor Maps are available:

  • The War of 1812 – a historical map depicting the main theaters of war set on a backdrop stretching from Fort Detroit to the western tip of Newfoundland and as far south as Baltimore.”
  • Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone – a topographic map of Canada, highlighting Canada’s national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites.”
  • Canadian Boreal Forest – a topographic map depicting the vast and valuable boreal forest within Canada’s borders. This map shows all of the aspects related to the groundbreaking Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, including woodland caribou range, aboriginal treaties and protected areas, as well as forest-product company tenures.”
  • Canada’s Energy: Production and Transmission – a topographic map that shows Canada’s main energy transmission lines, areas of production and energy infrastructure. Students have the opportunity to investigate the critical role that energy plays in Canadians’ lives and how the energy landscape will change in coming years.”
  • Canada from Space – comprised of images taken by Canada’s RADARSAT-2 and is the first of its kind. Explore how Earth observation satellites monitor Canada and can be used to protect and prepare Canadians. Through ten curriculum-linked activities, students will learn first-hand how pollution and natural disasters impact our country, the importance of Canada’s arctic ice, and the scientific phenomenon of the northern lights. They also get a chance to see Canada from the International Space Station, through the eyes of the Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield.”

For more information on the Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map program or to book one of these amazing maps, go to Canadian Geographic

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Updated Pan-Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table - Geomatics Community Strategy

CGCRT day 2 - Geomatics Community StrategyThe Canadian Geomatics Community Round table (CGCRT) Geomatics Strategy, Action, and Implementation Planning Workshop took place on June 9 and 10 in Ottawa. The scope of the two day CGCRT event was to provide opportunity for organizations and individuals from the geomatics industry to examine issues facing the Canadian geospatial community and to help develop a Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy that could support, strengthen and help guide the geomatics sector for years to come.

I was fortunate enough to be part of the 100 plus  geomatics leaders (from academic institutions, professional associations, NGOs, government, and private industry,) from all across the country that came together for the event. A summary of the two day event is available here and more details about the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy and the 7 dimensions that it is comprised of are available from the various documents on the CGCRT website.

Geomatics Community Strategy

Now the CGCRT finalized this Strategy based on the many discussions and consensus reached at the workshop that took place in Ottawa and working groups have been created to start moving the Strategy forward. The updated version of the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy document that reflects the discussions and input from the June “Team Canada” Workshop that took place in Ottawa. To download the updated strategy document

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table and the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

[This article was originally written in March 2013, so may look familiar to many, however it has been updated with new information and links, such as details about the upcoming Ottawa workshop in June]

CGCRT and the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy

The phrase Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table (CGCRT) has been spreading throughout the Canadian geomatics community lately and appearing more and more in social media, yet I often get the feeling that not everyone really knows what the CGCRT is, or what they are about. Therefore I prepared this sort introduction with some key links and information in the hopes of helping more people learn more about the CGCRT and hopefully get involved in their initiatives.

It began as an informal gathering of various stakeholders in the Canadian geomatics that came together to discuss changes in the industry  due to improved technological, various social and market conditions and the trend of geographic information appearing more and more in everyday lives.

Canadian Geomatics Community Round Table 2The collaborative group of professionals from all fields of the geomatics sector (geospatial, geographic, location information etc.) representing private industry, academia, professional bodies, nonprofit groups and all levels of government consider the challenges that the geomatics industry may be facing in the upcoming years, propose solutions and strategies that could help guide the direction of the sector and strengthen it for the years to come.

As a support group, it is open to all geomatics professionals who are interested in furthering the future of the field for the betterment of all. A Steering Committee of volunteers from coast to coast was created in 2013 to help guide the Round Table’s initiatives and activities, and to ensure that it stays on track to reach the many goals that the group set.

One of the key concerns highlighted in 2012 was that the rapid development of online mapping applications and location based services was causing an increase in public expectations with regards to the accuracy of geospatial data and therefore a need to strengthen the essentials of the geomatics sector. It was from this that the phrase Canadian Geomatics Round Table (CGCRT) that we all have been hearing and seeing all over the web was created.

The decision to develop a strategy that reflected the general consensus on the part of participants at the 2012 meeting that the geomatics community as a whole would be well-served by a more systematic effort to articulate and promote its shared interests. This Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy is an open and collaborative effort started by the CGCRT to create a future ideal with common goals and objectives for everyone working with Canadian geographic information.

Pan-Canadian Geomatics Community Strategy Framework

The idea is to seek, identify and include an ever-widening range of stakeholders in Canada, including industry, academia, governments, non-governmental organizations, geospatial data and service companies, professional associations, individual Canadian citizens, as well as new and emerging players in the sector. Its key objectives include fostering the understanding of the use and value of geographic information to all Canadians, and to ensure that Canada has a healthy geomatics sector that is also productive, competitive and sustainable that will serve Canada well into the future.

While the Pan-Canadian Action Plan provides tactical measures to respond to issues identified by the Round Table, it has also been recognized that there was a need for a broad community strategy to overlay and bind together the tactics of the Action Plan – and to identify other priority areas for action. This will ensure the continued growth of the industry. In fact, it is hoped that it will serve as a buffer for industry professionals today as well as a guide for the practice of geomatics in the future.

The CGCRT has been working on studying the “seven strategy dimensions” used to create the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy and drafting documents to help spur discussion with input to help the strategy development process. The group is also trying to expand and strengthen the geomatics community therefore are seeking the input of everyone involved in the geospatial sector.

The steering committee is now working on organizing the next upcoming national meeting “the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy, Action and Implementation Planning workshop” taking place in Ottawa on June 8th and 9th. If you wish to get involved then contact the CGCRT via email ( and follow some of the links below for more CGCRT information.

More Canadian Geomatics Round Table (CGCRT) Information

The CGCRT website is

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Join the CGCRT on LinkedIn (it is a closed group but requests to join are welcomed so just click the join button above if you are not already a member)

Follow the CGCRT on Twitter

The CGCRT blog contains articles submitted from people coast to coast representing all aspects of the industry and a great place to leave your comments and feedback

Various CGCRT documents  can be found here:

For more information on the Pan-Canadian Geomatics Strategy see

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