Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data - Populated Places

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
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DEPRECATED: Atlas of Canada National Scale Frameworks data are standardized national coverages of commonly used geospatial datasets at the 1:1,000,000 scale. A variety of framework layers (e.g. hydrology, roads, ferry routes, railways, administrative boundaries, census subdivisions, population ecumene, drainage areas, protected areas and Canadian place names) have been integrated so that their relative positions are correct. Hydrology (which includes coastline) is the base layer to which all others are fitted.

The Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data, Canadian Place Names consists of point geospatial and attribute data for a selection of named populated places and other places considered relevant to represent Canadian place names. This data is suitable for use at scales between 1:500,000 and 1:2,000,000. The points have been fitted to other National Scale Frameworks layers. Therefore, points represent the approximate locations of places relative to these other layers. The main source for these names was the Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) maintained by the Geographical Names Section of the Centre for Topographic Information. The selection of names was based on population size, historical significance and noteworthiness. Cartographic considerations were also taken into account.

This dataset has been replaced with WHSE_BASEMAPPING.NRC_POPULATED_PLACES_1M_SP

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

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The Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data are a set of integrated base map layers, which form the Atlas of Canada 1,000,000 National Frameworks Data collection. These data have been compiled at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with the primary goal being to indicate correct relative positioning with other frameworks layers rather than absolute positional accuracy.

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Contact Information

NameStephen Sutherland (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
NameGeoGratis Web Services (pointOfContact)
OrganizationGovernment of Canada
Sub-OrganizationNatural Resources Canada

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-15
Record Last Modified 2019-12-17
Resource Status obsolete
Replacement Record

Object Description


Short Name: POP_PL_1M

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
POPULATED_PLACE_ID POP_PLC_ID NUMBER 38 POPULATED PLACE ID contains the surrogate primary key value
PLACE_NAME PLACE_NAME VARCHAR2 67 PLACE NAME contains the geographic name of a populated place e.g. Victoria
NTS_MAPSHEET MAP_SHT VARCHAR2 9 NTS MAPSHEET contains the National Topographic System mapsheet number that a populated place is within e.g. 092B04
GENERIC_DESCRIPTION GEN_DESC VARCHAR2 32 GENERIC contians a value that categorizes a populated place e.g. Locality, Community etc.
CONCISE_DESCRIPTION CON_DESC VARCHAR2 44 CONCISE contains a value that extends the categorization of a populated place e.g. unincorporated area, village etc.
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a required attribute of feature classes and object classes in a geodatabase.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.