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October 4th, 2007
New Wall Map of Canada, bigger, better

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During a visit with local students today, the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, unveiled the brand new 2007 wall map of Canada. The Minister hand-delivered the first map while speaking to a Grade 11 Global Studies class at Parklands School in his home riding of Saanich-Gulf Islands. The new map is 25 percent larger than the normal map of Canada with a sharper, clearer image of the country. “As Minister of Natural Resources I am proud of my department’s role in bringing this information to Canadians, and contributing to their overall knowledge of our country,” said Minister Lunn. “This new map will help all Canadians better appreciate the size and majesty of Canada.”

The Atlas of Canada has produced the new wall map of Canada using new “direct-to-plate” digital technology. This produces a better image than traditional film printing. A special coating applied to each copy of the map reduces glare and protects colours from fading.

“As a visual learning aid, the new and improved map of Canada is a meaningful contribution in support of educating youth about our great country,” added Minister Lunn.”

The revised map includes updated geographical names such as Yukon, instead of Yukon Territory. It also displays the names of Canada’s newest national parks, such as Ukkusiksalik in Nunavut.

The Atlas of Canada recently celebrated 100 years of mapping Canada’s geography and history. As Canada’s premiere online mapping resource, the Atlas offers a wealth of resources for everyone.

For more information about where to purchase a copy of the 2007 wall map of Canada, or to explore the new map online, visit www.atlas.nrcan.gc.ca.

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