A handsome pronghorn

Alex McPhee
Prairie Heart Workshop

McPhee's Alberta

The Princess Province in all her majesty

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The CaGIS Best Reference Map award, 2020The NACIS Best in Design award, 2019

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I'm a self-taught, independent cartographer.

This map was created over the last three years, using open-source software and public-domain resources. It has won multiple international awards.

I have ensured its accuracy by personally visiting every county in the province.

I invite you to experience Alberta as I see it.

Features

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Lumber mill
Lookout tower
Giant beaver

The “reference map”, as an art form, is significantly older than Alberta. The idea is simple: I want to show you everything that's interesting.

All of the data that went into this map is freely available to the public. My job as a cartographer is to winnow out the boring and irrelevant stuff.

That leaves me room for some things you won't see on any other map:

How big was the 2016 Fort McMurray wildfire?

A red boundary is drawn in the hills around Fort McMurray.

How much of Edmonton is built on the Papaschase reserve?

A dotted red line, labeled Papaschase First Nation, surrounds most of Mill Woods.

How many Hutterite colonies are there?

A large number of gray dots can be seen south of Lethbridge.

Or maybe you're just interested in a complete inventory of abandoned railway stations, parks and public lands, First Nations and traplines, campgrounds provincial and public.

The map's legend shows a long list of different kinds of features.

Buy

People have been asking me where to get a copy for years.

In order to get the lowest price possible, I ordered a huge quantity from a Canadian printer. I'm not sure how long my floor can bear the 2,200-pound weight, so I'd love to mail you one!

At 42" x 68", the map makes a handsome addition to basically any indoor space. (Just think, most artists would charge a lot more for a wall-size print of their best work.)

Copies are $70 laminated, $65 unlaminated.

Get one here.

A link to the store.