How to use the Atlas
* Please note that this version is only compatible with Internet Explorer in the Microsoft environment. The upcoming version will be compatible with all browsers and platforms. Sorry for the inconvenience. *
The Southern Gulf Islands Atlas provides information about communities, resources and the natural environment in the Southern Gulf Islands. The atlas is located on an internet site called the Community Mapping Network. The Community Mapping Network was created to share natural resource information and mapping amongst communities in British Columbia and across Canada.
The atlas uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to create maps based on the requests of the user.
- Turn layers on or off
- Zoom in and out
- Print maps
- Look at information about the data
Quick Start Guide
- In order to view the maps, you'll need to have Autodesk Mapguide installed on your computer. Click the link to Launch Southern Gulf Islands Atlas (opens the mapping application in another window). This should automatically load the viewer. Please be patient. The viewer is approximately 3 megabytes and must be downloaded. This may take several minutes depending on your internet connection. If this is too slow or does not work then you must manually install it by clicking on the image below.
- The help pages provide instructions on how to use the Mapguide plug-in.
The most common functions are:
- Turn layers on or off.
Use the check boxes on the left side panel to turn themes on or off. The layers are organized into groups - you will need to check the box beside the group in order to view the themes inside it. Some themes are "scale dependant". This means that they will only be available when you are zoomed in to the right scale.
- Zoom in or out.
To zoom in, select the zoom in tool . Position the mouse (now showing a magnifying glass) over the map and either click to zoom in automatically, or drag a square to zoom in to a specified area.
To zoom out, choose the zoom out tool , position the cursor over the map and click. More options are available by right clicking the cursor over the map.
- Move within the map.
Select the pan tool to move within the map. Position the cursor over the map, click and hold the mouse button down while moving the mouse. The map will refresh in the new location.
- View metadata. Click on the metadata button in the top righthand corner. This will open a new window with general info about each layer. Click on the "view" link to see more detailed information.