gallery Slims River, Kluane National Park


I created this map shortly after arriving in the Yukon. I did the hike starting just past the visitor centre, going up the Slims River Valley and summitting Observation Mountain, so of course I had to make a map out of it (especially while I still have my free ArcGIS licence).

From what I’ve seen, there is a lack of good quality topographic maps for many interesting areas in Canada, so I wanted to see what I could do with the free NTS data (and very limited resources – i.e. a laptop with little to no internet connection). I am quite pleased with the results however, despite the trials of my patience. The great thing about this as well is that the process could be repeated for anywhere in Canada.

I really wanted to do a project like this because it combines a lot of the cartographic skills I’ve learned about over the last year. For example, combining a lot of overlays in Photoshop to get the desired hillshade effect and colour tint, and using raster masks in Illustrator to change the colour of contour lines over snow and ice cover.

Size: 23.2″ x 32.8″