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Custom Cartography & Mapmaking

Accurate, easily-understood maps, site plans and related graphics are important aspects of an effective marketing, planning, promotional or programming operation. Unfortunately, it is often hard to find attractive, high-quality maps made to suit your specific needs. Whether you need cartography (working with existing data), or original mapmaking (we create the original data), Chrismar can fill that need via our complete map-making & consulting service, offering all the skills needed, including:

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Our experience and the wide variety of projects we've undertaken over the years gives us a unique understanding of the types of information required for a custom-designed map, and knowledge of the best methods of portraying the information for various audiences. Digital production methods and the seasoned experience of an on-staff Chartered Cartographer ensure superb quality images, previewing of design options, rapid updating, colour proofs, and clear, crisp reproduction including print, web or large format. We also provide a variety of research and program development services to compliment the map graphics.

For more information about our services simply call, fax or e-mail Chrismar with the details. We'll be happy to evaluate the project and provide a written proposal for your consideration.

Here are sample sections of just a few of the 8,570+ projects we've completed over the past 20+ years, producing over 40,000 unique maps! Note: the limitations of the internet and computer screen resolution render these as both smaller and far less sharp than the originals which were used in a variety of ways and on various media at different sizes.


Killarney Critter Map Section
Telus Annual Report Map Sample Section
An Ontario Provincial Park contacted Chrismar about a new self-directed activity to engage campground and day-use visitors - we created an original topographic map and, with the aid of local staff, several nature-based discovery courses focused on a series of stations to visit and questions to answer.
A major national telcommunications company required an effective map graphic for their annual report. Chrismar not only prepared a simple base map of the entire country, but also processed the data for the coverage and supplied a ready-to-publish digital file.
Elliot Lake Trails Map Sample Section
Marten River PP Section
This small city required several custom maps for trail brochures and signs geared to promoting local outdoor activities. Chrismar prepared an original topographic base map for a large area, surveyed the trails, prepared the graphics and produced the signs.
An Ontario Provincial Park required an informative reference map of its campground so visitors could easily find their way around. Chrismar used existing information provided by the client to prepare an inexpensive document with excellent clarity.
Summer Camp Map Sample Section
Waterloo Active Transportation Section
This top-rated summer camp required an attractive site map for visitor orientation and program development. Chrismar prepared a detailed base map, did extensive field surveys to capture all features, and drew the final product, providing both hand-held copies & large signs.
This central Ontario city asked Chrismar to prepare a public-facing guide to their developing Active Transport network. Chrismar created a detailed original base map of the urban area, then added and clearly differentiated the various routes, schools, and sports facilities. Goals met!
Lake Nipigon Ice Age Section
Pancake Fitzgerald Sign Sample Section
An author working on a comprehensive book about Lake Nipigon required 10 different map graphics to highlight various features of the area. Chrismar researched and prepared an original map illustrating one of several stages of the last Ice Age.
As part of a series of outdoor interpretive panels researched, written and produced by Chrismar Signs for an Ontario Provincial Park, this one required a map showing a selection of major shipwrecks on Lake Superior.
Uxbridge Kids Explore Section
Uxbridge Kids Explore Section 2
A mid-sized community wanted a "Power Off & Play" guide as part of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to encourage children  and their families to explore their community. Chrismar prepared a simplified planimetric map the showing major features plus an activity guide on the back. The reverse side of the "Power Off & Play" guide is both a colourful instructional guide and an introduction to the variety of local activities to help make for Healthier Kids and their families. A combination of mini-maps, original graphics, adapted stock graphics and interesting and description text.
Telus GoBC Section
A US-based financial development company needed a map graphic detailing the location of competitors in their proposed market's area. We created the base map, added existing branches and main offices and presented a polished final for their regulatory application.
A leading telecommuncations supplier was working with a provincial government on a multi-year cellular service expansion project. Chrismar helped this company win their federal licence many years ago and came to their aid again with detailed sectional and whole province maps showing existing and planned coverage updates.