Tablelands in Newfoundland
The Tablelands are a region of Gros Morme National Park on the west coast of Newfoundland. They feature a high tundra like plateau defended by steep cliffs on most sides. Parks Canada wanted to offer a hiking map that allows hikers to explore the upper reaches of the plateau safely. A good map was necessary because there is no marked trail along the recommended route. Canadian Map Makers were the winners of the competitive tender process and were selected to produce the map.
Map production had some unique challenges, the first being the creation of the vegetation layers. These were not depicted accurately in our usually used data sources, so had to be traced from satellite imagery to ensure accuracy. The biggest challenge was showing a route on the map which was not actually marked on the ground. Using unique style and coloring, the route on the map was complimented with strategic UTM coordinate points and an accurate UTM/geographic grid in the background. To ensure the very steep terrain is avoided by hikers, the steep terrain was marked on the map graphically as rocky outcrops.
The latest version of the map is shown below. Note that this is still subject to final editing by Parks Canada.