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Canadian Geographical Names - CGN - GeoBase Series The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) is the authoritative national database of Canada's geographical names. The purpose of the CGNDB is to store place names and their attributes that have been approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC), the national coordinating body responsible for standards and policies on place names. The CGNDB is maintained by Natural Resources Canada, through the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation. The geographic extent of the CGNDB is the Canadian landmass and water bodies; the temporal extent is from 1897 to present. This dataset is extracted from the CGNDB on a weekly basis, and consists of current officially approved names, feature type, coordinates of the feature, decision date, source, and other attributes. The output file formats for this product are: text (CSV), Shape (SHP), Geography Markup Language (GML), and Keyhole Markup Language (KML). 2017-04-20 2019-10-03 Natural Resources Canada geoinfo@canada.ca Form DescriptorsCanadaEarth SciencesGeoBaseCGNGNBCCGNDBPlace NamesGeographical NamesToponymyGeographic dataGeographical mapsGeographyMaps Documentation related to Canadian Geographical Names (CGN)PDF http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/doc Pre-packaged CSV files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryCSV http://ftp.cartes.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_csv_fra/ Pre-packaged CSV files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryCSV http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_csv_eng/ Pre-packaged GML files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryGML http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_gml_eng/ Pre-packaged GML files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryGML http://ftp.cartes.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_gml_fra/ Pre-packaged KML files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryKML http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_kml_eng/ Pre-packaged KML files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritoryKML http://ftp.cartes.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_kml_fra/ Pre-packaged SHP files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritorySHP http://ftp.maps.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_shp_eng/ Pre-packaged SHP files - CGN Canada/Province/TerritorySHP http://ftp.cartes.canada.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/vector/geobase_cgn_toponyme/prov_shp_fra/

Canadian Geographical Names - CGN - GeoBase Series

The Canadian Geographical Names Data Base (CGNDB) is the authoritative national database of Canada's geographical names. The purpose of the CGNDB is to store place names and their attributes that have been approved by the Geographical Names Board of Canada (GNBC), the national coordinating body responsible for standards and policies on place names. The CGNDB is maintained by Natural Resources Canada, through the Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation. The geographic extent of the CGNDB is the Canadian landmass and water bodies; the temporal extent is from 1897 to present. This dataset is extracted from the CGNDB on a weekly basis, and consists of current officially approved names, feature type, coordinates of the feature, decision date, source, and other attributes. The output file formats for this product are: text (CSV), Shape (SHP), Geography Markup Language (GML), and Keyhole Markup Language (KML).

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Documentation related to Canadian Geographical Names (CGN) Guide PDF English
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Pre-packaged CSV files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset CSV French Access
Pre-packaged CSV files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset CSV English Access
Pre-packaged GML files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset GML English Access
Pre-packaged GML files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset GML French Access
Pre-packaged KML files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset KML English Access
Pre-packaged KML files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset KML French Access
Pre-packaged SHP files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset SHP English Access
Pre-packaged SHP files - CGN Canada/Province/Territory Dataset SHP French Access

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