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Old 16-03-2011, 06:35   #1
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Canada Charts

Maybe i am missing something, but is there any where i can get FREE Canadian charts??? sorry if this has already been covered. I downloaded opencpn but can't find anything for Canada.
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Old 16-03-2011, 07:10   #2
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Re: ??CANADA CHARTS??

Unlike NOAA the Canadian Hydrographic Office does not provide electronic charts at no cost. Both charge for printed versions.
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Thank you. Thats what i had figured, just hoping there might be something out there.
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Old 16-03-2011, 07:53   #4
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Be careful. Its worse than that. After I had paid CHS for their charts I discovered that whatever format they provide them in won't work with OpenCPN.
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Thanks. is only Cmap that will work? I use Cap"n Voyager right now on my netbook but i liked the look of OpenCPN simple and not all cluttered up.
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Re: ??CANADA CHARTS??

The Canadian charts are BSB4 - there is a BSB4 plugin in the works for the next version of OpenCPN (Windows only) - BSB 4 PlugIn

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Re: Canada Charts ?

The Old CHS ones(1996) work great in OpenCPN.And,with the new OpenCPN Beta Version 2.4.310,even the Polyconic and UTM charts amongst these work quilting.These old charts will be stale as to corrections but there are several good methods in this forum(map2kap,imgkap) to update em as copies...
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USA charts are free download. Can charts are avail direct from gov't at high cost. Many people exchange can charts illegally and they will almost always be outdated
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DFO GeoPortal
select maps>
marine services>
ocean framework data>
all contours or indexed contours
right click and save image as png
keep a note pad to mark points for calibration in mapcal
use kapgen
best i could find for free data in canada
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, white74.
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DFO GeoPortal
select maps>
marine services>
ocean framework data>
all contours or indexed contours
right click and save image as png
keep a note pad to mark points for calibration in mapcal
use kapgen
best i could find for free data in canada
Tried it and it does not seem to provide a lot of detail. Here the map for Shelburne NS...perhaps there as some switches I missed?
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Tried it and it does not seem to provide a lot of detail. Here the map for Shelburne NS...perhaps there as some switches I missed?
Not sure if i had done something wrong too.
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check content area it is strictly depth contours but you can snapshot this and then load other map types and snapshot as well overlay them with a image editor (i use photoshop) and add other details as you need very labour intensive but it works and is free perhaps we could all work on different areas and share our finished charts?
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