I have curated a collection of lovely old maps of Canada. They are all copyright free for you to download, print and use as you want.
Even though I’ve visited Canada five times, I have not seen that much of it. The country is vast, it is the second biggest in the world.
Having good friends in Alberta, I’ve visited them and the Canadian rookies three times. Twice in the summer and once in the winter. They were amazing trips full of stunning scenery and wonderful wildlife sightings.
The last visit we made was to Vancouver and the Gulf Islands in British Columbia. Another amazing holiday.
The only time I have ventured to the East coast of Canada was for an unscheduled stay in Toronto.
We were actually en route to New York from London but due to the chaos caused by the Northern Seaboard Blackout of 2003, we ended up in Toronto for the night.
I will definitely return to Canada at some point and hope to see some more of the beautiful country. In the meantime, I will share some wonderful old maps of Canada I have found.
Some Facts About Canada
- Along with the Japanese passport, the Canadian passport is the best one to have. That is because it gets you into most countries without the need for a visa or a visa is readily given on arrival.
Maybe its because Canadia is so beautiful other countries aren’t worried about Canadians outstaying their welcome. They know they will want to return home.
- Canada may only be the second-largest country in the world (after Russia), but it has the largest coastline.
- With over half the population having a degree, Canada is the most educated country in the world.
- There are more lakes in Canada then in the rest of the world combined.
- There are more than 250,000 lakes in Ontario. All that freshwater combined is about a fifth of the world’s total.
- 37 million people live in Canada and life expectancy is 81 years.
- Canada has the most doughnut shops per head and thus consumes the most doughnuts.
- The beaver is the national animal of Canada
- Canada has six time zones.
- Hockey and lacrosse are Canada’s national sports.
- 60 percent of the world’s polar bears live in Canada.
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The Wonderful Old Maps of Canada
The description that comes with the map is as follows:
This is a rare and curious first state first edition of Tallis’s 1849 map of British America or what is today Canada. Extends from Russian America ( Alaska ) east as far as Greenland and Iceland. Inexplicably, this map recognizes the British claim to Oregon as far south as the Columbia River. This dispute was supposedly resolved three years previously in 1846 by the “Oregon Treaty” which officially set the U.S – British America border at the 49th parallel. Features numerous decorative vignettes typical of Rapkin / Tallis work including a seal, whale fishing, the exploring ships Fury and Recla, a polar bear, some Esquimaux (Eskimos) and a view of Boston.
S. A. Mitchell Jr.’s 1864 Map of Canadian Provinces
The next three old Canada maps are more detailed maps of 3 areas of Eastern Canada. They were published in 1864 by the cartographer Samuel A Mitchell.
A beautiful map of Canadian Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward’s Island, and Cape Breton Island. Detailed to the county level with special attention both political and geographic elements. Notes important river systems, railways, canals, and cities. An inset map in the lower right quadrant depicts the city and harbor of Halifax.
Another beautiful Mitchell map of Canada West, or as it is now known, Ontario. Detailed to the county level with special attention both political and geographic elements. Notes important river systems, railways, canals, and cities.
Another wonderful Mitchell map of Canada East, or as it is now known, Quebec. Detailed to the county level with special attention both political and geographic elements. Notes important river systems, railways, canals, and cities. An inset map in the lower right quadrant depicts Montreal and environs.
Colton’s rare old map of Canada, or more specifically, British, Russian, and Danish holdings in North America. Covers the continent from modern-day Alaska (Russian America) to Greenland (Danish America), and from the U.S border north to the Arctic. Includes Iceland. Hand-colored in pink, green, yellow and blue pastels.
Unfortunately, I don’t know much about this lovely colourful vintage map of Canada. I believe it was published in the late 19th Century and the style suggests it could be by the publisher John Bartholomew.
This vintage map of Canada is by the publisher John Bartholomew and shows the provinces of Western Canada.
A Rand McNally & Co map of British Columbia Canada 1896.
A 1914 antique map of Canada showing the railway lines.
A simple old map of Canada, illustrated with the main products of the country.
Considered to be one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, the 86 hour (4,446 Km) trans Canadian train from Toronto to Vancouver. The train stops in Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Jasper. The scenery is from the train is just breathtaking.
I hope you enjoyed this collection of free old maps of Canada. Before you go you might want to check out some of the other vintage map collections on Picture Box Blue.