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Human-dominated Ecosystems

GEOG/TOUR 2p94 Human-Dominated Ecosystems

Map, Data & GIS Library

Make a Topographic Map

  • Good source for designing a map of a study area for a report
  • Detail is based on 1:10,000 topo mapping for Ontario

Google Maps

  • Useful for navigating and viewing areas using ‘Street View’
  • ‘Satellite’ view (bottom left corner) can also be useful for viewing some of the most recent imagery

Niagara Navigator

  • Aerial Imagery (basemap options)
  • Campgrounds, arenas, beaches, golf courses, marinas and trails (Recreation)
  • Township and Lot boundaries (Land Planning)
  • Wineries (Recreation & Tourism)

NPCA Watershed Explorer

  • Thematic layers related to watershed management
  • 2020 imagery (Basemap Services), Watershed Planning Areas, Sub-watersheds (Boundaries)
  • Conservation Areas, Trails (Conservation Lands)

Scholars GeoPortal

Niagara Open Data

  • A geospatial data portal for Niagara area – building footprints, neighbourhoods, land use, etc.

Air Photos

  • Essential source for imagery (1921 - 2018).
  • Provides an excellent resource for detecting landscape changes over a time period
  • Instructions for air photo retrieval are posted on the index cabinet OR the online index can be used
  • Air photo interpretation of determining certain features will be essential. Ask MDGL staff for assistance.

Paper Maps/Publications Available Online:

Library Research Guide for Tourism Studies - Search for publications, journal articles

HOW TO Reference Maps & air photos -

Paper Maps
Most of the print historical maps are listed individually in the Library Catalogue OMNI. Individual print historical topographic maps are not in the catalogue, but they can be easily located in the historical map cabinet. Ask staff for assistance when accessing historical maps.

Sample Paper Maps

  • City of St Catharines: Existing Land Use (2008) MapLib G 3464 S35 G4 2008 S35
  • Generalized soil map: Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario (1989) MapLib G 3463 S35 N54 J3 1989 L35
  • Soils of the Regional Municipality of Niagara, Ontario (1989) MapLib G 3463 N54 J3 1989 O567 StCa/NOTL
  • The Merritt Trail bicycle & walking trail, St. Catharines, Ontario (1980) MapLib G 3464 S35 E63 1980 M47
  • Map of the town of St. Catharines, Canada West (1852) MapHist G 3464 S35 1852 S65
  • Historical Topographic Maps