What is a topographical map?
Looking for topographic maps that actually provide you with great information for your destination is sometimes hard to find. The manufacturers of handheld GPS units only provide information on major topographical interests, but you won’t, however, get detailed maps.
Topographical maps for lakes in Canada can be even harder to find, especially if you want more than just standard details. But, there are some free and paid services that can assist you in finding GPS maps for Canadian lakes.
GPS maps can be broken into the following two types: topographic and hydrographic. Topographic maps come in scales of 1:250,000 and 1:50,000. These maps will give you information on shorelines, land contours and reefs. The maps are broken down by latitude and longitude to give you coordinates that you can punch into your handheld GPS unit.
For many lakes in Canada, this is the only type of map that will be available. Since these lakes are remote, the roads may not be marked, or it could be simply trails that lead you to them.