Provincial Access/Topographic Map Series – 1:250 000 Scale Maps


This cartographic quality series of 1:250 000 scale colour printable maps covers the provincial extent of Alberta comprised of 50 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier.

The series is now available as a fee free download in Adobe PDF format under the Open Government Licence – Alberta.

Of note, the series is derived from the Provincial Access/Topographic Map Series source digital vector data that is also available under the Open Government Licence – Alberta and is distributed by AltaLIS Ltd. - Small Scale Mapping - 1:250 000 Base.

These maps display:

  • Alberta Township System (ATS)
  • contours (50m intervals)
  • major hydrographic features
  • major roads
  • municipalities
  • railways
  • select geo-administrative features (parks, reserves, etc.)

Map Coverage and How to View

At this scale 1.0 cm on the map represents 2.5 km on the ground. Each map covers an area of 2.0 degrees longitude by 1.0 degree latitude. Generally these maps are printed on 60.96 x 66.04cm (24" x 26") paper size.

This product can be viewed on a computer, printed or be plotted in part or in whole. To maintain the original map scale when printing the entire product, it must be plotted on a plotter that can use paper that is a minimum width of 82cm (32").

Map Series Updates and Samples

The update of this map series is based on the provincial Base Features Access Update Program that has an approximate 5 year update cycle. Refer to the 'time period of content' in the *.xml metadata record provided with each map product download for currency of each map product.

View a sample 1:250 000 map sheet:

Map Sheet Download: Open Government

The map series is available as a fee free download under the Open Government Licence - Alberta.

To download 1:250 000 map sheets, select the desired map sheet identifier below. Each map sheet is provided in Adobe PDF format within a downloadable WinZip file. Please note: each zipped map sheet package varies in size with 20mb's being an average size.

View the 1:250 000 NTS map sheet index to determine map sheet number identifiers:

PLEASE NOTE: Your use of the information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information.

Map Sheet Identifier

NTS Block 72 Series Maps

NTS Block 73 Series Maps

NTS Block 74 Series Maps

NTS Block 82 Series Maps

NTS Block 83 Series Maps

NTS Block 84 Series Maps