This cartographic quality series of 1:250 000 scale colour printable maps covers the provincial extent of Alberta and is part of the Provincial Access / Topographic Map Series. It is comprised of 50 maps that are individually named using the National Topographic System (NTS) map sheet identifier.

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

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.

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:

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

Map Sheet Identifier

The following content is now available from the GeoDiscover Alberta Portal on the PDF Maps tab use keywords or map scale to filter the products available.

NTS Block 72 Series Maps

  • 72E (Foremost)
  • 72L (Medicine Hat)
  • 72M (Oyen)

NTS Block 73 Series Maps

  • 73D (Wainwright)
  • 73E (Vermilion)
  • 73L (Sand River)
  • 73M (Winefred Lake)

NTS Block 74 Series Maps

  • 74D (Waterways)
  • 74E (Bitumount)
  • 74L (Fort Chipewyan)
  • 74M (Fitzgerald)

NTS Block 82 Series Maps

  • 82G (Fernie)
  • 82H (Lethbridge)
  • 82I (Gleichen)
  • 82J (Kananaskis Lakes)
  • 82N (Golden)
  • 82O (Calgary)
  • 82P (Drumheller)

NTS Block 83 Series Maps

  • 83A (Red Deer)
  • 83B (Rocky Mountain House)
  • 83C (Brazeau)
  • 83D (Canoe River)
  • 83E (Mount Robson)
  • 83F (Edson)
  • 83G (Wabamun Lake)
  • 83H (Edmonton)
  • 83I (Tawatinaw)
  • 83J (Whitecourt)
  • 83K (Iosegun Lake)
  • 83L (Wapiti)
  • 83M (Grande Prairie)
  • 83N (Winagami)
  • 83O (Lesser Slave Lake)
  • 83P (Pelican)

NTS Block 84 Series Maps

  • 84A (Algar Lake)
  • 84B (Peerless Lake)
  • 84C (Peace River)
  • 84D (Clear Hills)
  • 84E (Chinchaga River)
  • 84F (Bison Lake)
  • 84G (Wadlin Lake)
  • 84H (Namur Lake)
  • 84I (Lake Claire)
  • 84J (Vermilion Chutes)
  • 84K (Mount Watt)
  • 84L (Zama Lake)
  • 84M (Bistcho Lake)
  • 84N (Steen River)
  • 84O (Whitesand River)
  • 84P (Peace Point)