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Author:  saskHiker [ March 24th, 2015, 7:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Looking for details

Hello Saskatchewan canoeist and others that have been here.

Being fairly new to canoeing but a very experienced backpacker what is the first thing that I do?
Go looking for maps. And how many did I find for Saskatchewan?
Not many. :(

So I read the Saskatchewan Documented Canoe routes which are good but are some 25 years old.

So some more googling and I came across Jeff's Map and thought why not for Saskatchewan!

So a Sunday on the computer here is what I have started with, thanks to one of Ralph's trip report for the campsites.
Attachment:
SaskMap.jpg
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So information that I'm looking for is campsites, beaver dams, points of interest and any other tidbits. GPS coordinates are best of campsites and beaver dams but maps grid will work also.

I am hoping to be able to keep the maps in the scale between 28000 and 32000.

The plan is as with Jeff's Maps is to have them freely available to download in different formats as well as having a paid printed version.

Suggestions, comments are very welcome

John

Author:  pawistik [ March 24th, 2015, 11:59 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

Hi John,
Are you recreating the GoTrekkers maps? Various local outfitters (mostly Churchill River Canoe Outfitters, but a couple of others also) have contributed their knowledge to build those maps.

Come to the Saskatchewan Paddling Symposium on April 25th in Saskatoon and check them out in person.

http://www.gotrekkers.com/

http://www.canoemapscanada.com/

Cheers,
Bryan

Author:  saskHiker [ March 25th, 2015, 5:12 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

Wow, thanks Brian all my googling and I didn't find those.
Could be because they don't show you any of the maps.

I guess that is what I am trying to do except for make them available at everyone's favourite price FREE,
I am creating them database style, so you could potentially select the area you want and scale then print it yourself or have it printed on waterproof material.

Thanks for the Symposium info and I will have to try and make it.

John

Author:  Paddle Power [ March 26th, 2015, 12:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

That's a great looking map.

How did you make it?

Author:  saskHiker [ March 26th, 2015, 2:39 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

Paddle Power wrote:
That's a great looking map.

How did you make it?


I am using the open source software QGIS (qgis.org)with a Postgresql database backend but the database isn't needed.
The vector maps come straight from nrcan where you can add only the features that you want and colour them to your liking. :thumbup:

Author:  pawistik [ March 26th, 2015, 2:51 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

Thanks for that saskHiker. Maybe at the 2016 Sask Paddling Symposium we should get you to do a session on DIY digital mapping?

Cheers,
Bryan

Author:  saskHiker [ March 26th, 2015, 5:03 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Looking for details

pawistik wrote:
Maybe at the 2016 Sask Paddling Symposium we should get you to do a session on DIY digital mapping?


I will think about it but I am no expert as I just started doing my own maps this way a couple of months ago.
So lets see how this/these maps turn out! :)

John

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