The Royal Canadian Geographical Society and Canadian Geographic magazine have recently launched a Canadian Atlas Online from National Film Board (NFB) Mediatheque in downtown Toronto. It is the first interactive, web-based, fully bilingual geographical resource of its kind, which is now available over the Internet. The project was made possible through the support of the Government of Canada, TD Bank Financial Group and Microsoft Canada.
The Canadian Atlas Online surpasses traditional print atlases using the latest interactive technologies to bring to life amazing maps and colourful presentations of Canada’s geography, culture, people and history.
The maps contained on the Canadian Atlas Online, built on Microsoft server technology and development tools, allow users to zoom and pan, add and remove overlays, and interact with highly informative themed web pages to explore geographical details using easy, intuitive navigation.
The online atlas is focused on Canadian youth and the education sector. The Canadian Atlas Online includes themed modules that invite an in-depth exploration of topics ranging from weather to flora and fauna, as well as Canada’s diverse people and its unique history. These modules feature rich media including video and animated graphics.