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Arctic & Northern Maps & Mapping


Alaska Boroughs
Very clear location maps for 13 boroughs.

Alaska Maps
Ten very large maps by Bill Jones show Native territories, old villages, trails etc.

"Early Indian Tribes of Alaska"
This huge, very detailed map was published in 1967 by the Smithsonian.

Earthquakes in Alaska
This large map locates all known earthquakes of at least magnitude 6.0 in the state from 1899-2003. It is also available as an even larger pdf.

Ecoregions of Alaska
Compare this map with the maps of aboriginal peoples - you'll see a very strong correlation.

Geographical Place Names - United States
A searchable database which shows coordinates and map numbers for reference.

Historic Maps of Alaska
Several large maps from 1899-1943, showing the state generally, specific regions, the Alaska Highway and other subjects.

The National Map - Data Delivery
A wide variety of maps are available to download from the USGS site.

Alaska Highway

Alaska Highway Map
This .pdf-format map of the BC section of the highway has excellent detail.

Alaska Highway, 1943
A large (222k), detailed map of the highway in relation to western North America, produced by the Alberta Travel Bureau in 1943.

Alaska Highway, 1950
This map was originally published by the American Automobile Association in 1950, in their 24-page booklet "Alaska and the Alaska Highway".


Glacial map of the Yukon
This map is the Yukon section of Map 1253A, published in 1:5,000,000 scale by the Geological Survey of Canada in 1967.

Planes & Electronics Correct Maps of the North, 1955
A lengthy article from The Gazette (Montreal) of Wednesday, July 20, 1955 describes the project operating out of RCAF Station Whitehorse.

Yukon Road Map, 2018
A large pdf-format map from YukonInfo.com.

Yukon Road Map, 2023
A large pdf-format map from Bell's Travel Guides.

Maps of the Yukon
A large collection of current maps of roads, mining and oil/gas claims, airports, First Nations lands and many more subjects.

Stampede Routes to the Klondike Gold
An 1897 map, and 1898 descriptions of the major routes to the goldfields.

Traditional Territories of Yukon First Nations
This fairly detailed map shows the boundaries, including the Inuvialuit and Tetlit Gwich'in Settlement Areas. In .pdf format (144 Kb).

Yukon, 1914
In 1914, the Yukon Territory and Alaska were in a period of transition from the boom days of the Klondike and Nome gold rushes as well as many smaller rushes.

Mapping the southwest Yukon, 1935
A short article from The Whitehorse Star of Friday, June 14, 1935, describes the work of Bradford Washburn and his team.

Northwest Territories & Nunavut

Frobisher Bay, 1842
A large map showing Foxe Channel, Hudson Strait and Frobisher Bay.

Maps & Geography Facts About Nunavut
Some basic statistics and 10 maps.

Watersheds of the Northwest Territories
This large pdf-format map includes all watersheds of the NWT to the sub-basin level. The Mackenzie River Basin, Canada’s largest river basin, is highlighted along with its sub-basins.

Other Canada

Air Photos
Six million photos are catalogued at the National Air Photo Library, available as prints or on CDs.

Atlas of Canada
There is a huge variety of maps, both current and historic, available here.

Geographical Place Names - Canada
A searchable database, with results returned including coordinates, maps, and sometimes a brief history.


Mapping the Arctic Ocean
This excellent illustrated paper describes the work of a series of expeditions that started in 2002.

Historic Maps of the Arctic
Ten maps dating back to 1595 are shown and described by Canadian Geographic.

North Polar Region
A large (279 k) 1947 map centred on the North Pole, showing the Northern Hemisphere down to 40°. Polar explorations and the unexplored regions are shown.

Pacific Theatre Maps
These maps show the entire Pacific Theatre, and the relationship of the Aleutians to the Japanese battle plan.

Paleovegetation in North America
This article includes a series of 7 clear maps showing and describing the changes from 28,000 BP to the present day.

Vitus Bering
A huge annotated map showing the routes of Bering's first (1725-30) and second (1733-1741) expeditions, including Chirikov's 1741 voyage.