Case Study - Pink Mountain


Pink Mountain is situated in Northern BC approximately 120 miles NW of Fort St John. The mountain is named after the pinkish burnt rock seams which it is locally famed for, and part of the mountain has been designated with provincial park status. The mountain boasts a mix of rare and threatened fauna and flora, including very rare alpine plants and arctic butterflies. It is also a notable paleontological site, containing impressive examples of large marine fossils.


Canadian Map Makers was selected by Ron Long to head up the website development and cartography for a conservation project geared towards protecting the fragile landscape of the mountain from mineral exploration and wind farm development. The end goal of the project is to have an ecological reserve dedicated to the alpine zone of Pink Mountain's summit. Further details can be found on the Pink Mountain website:


After building the Joomla based website for Ron, the next point of focus was to create nice looking maps of the Pink Mountain area. The purpose of these maps was to:

  • Provide a regional context for the location of the mountain massif.
  • Provide a detailed view of the summit area, onto which plant species will be superimposed.
  • Provide an interactive tool to be used in presentations to demonstrate topography and data points.


Implementation was done in several stages:

  1. Extensive consultation with our client (Ron Long).
  2. Determination of the geographical bounds of the map: It was decided to create two maps for this purpose, the first to show the general area and the second the summit plateau.
  3. GIS data from various sources was imported into our GIS software and a layered design was created within it.
  4. Analysis of the vegetation layers revealed that our data sources were not detailed enough for this project. Using TrueNorth software we traced out the vegetation areas and created our own vegetation layers.
  5. GIS data from each of the layers was converted into Adobe Illustrator artwork layers.
  6. The AI layers were combined and edited to create a final beautiful detailed map.
  7. An inset map with greater detail was created from the larger map, with extensive rescaling.
  8. Various output formats were created, such as jpg's, png's and Adobe Acrobat.
  9. Image tiles and other layers were created and geo-referenced into Google Earth.
  10. Scientific data was processed to create separate Google Earth kml layers for each of the plant species.
  11. The final Google Earth package was tested and posted onto the website as an embedded widget.

Finished Products

The final maps can be viewed and downloaded below. The embedded Google Earth viewer (at the bottom) needs to have the appropriate plugin installed into your internet browser, and may take up to a minute to load because of the large file sizes of the overlay images. Our maps are never truly finished, and will be updated on a regular basis as required by our clients.


Pink Mountain Overview Map

Click on the image to open a more detailed map image. Click here to download the pdf version.

Pink Mountain Overview-reduced

Map designed by Canadian Map Makers

Pink Mountain Summit Map

Click on the image to open a more detailed map image. Click here to download the pdf version. Red dots denote locations of rare alpine species.

Pink Mountain Detailed-reduced

 Map designed by Canadian Map Makers

Click here to download kml file for viewing in your own desktop Google Earth installation.