Monday, July 26, 2010

The Bicentennial Map Wins Map Gallery for Best Cartographic Design

The Bicentennial Map launched by the Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council won first prize in the Map Gallery for Best Cartographic Design at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference held recently in San Diego. The map was designed by John Docker, GIS analyst with the Niagara Region, as well as a number of contributors, Niagara Gazette reported.

The ESRI International User Conference is an annual event produced by the Environmental Systems Research Institute. It is the largest geographic information system event in the world. This year’s conference attracted 15,000 attendees and featured works from over 100 countries. In addition to this award, the Bicentennial Map received previous recognition from ESRI Canada as it will be featured in the organization’s 2010 Calendar for the month of October.

Officially unveiled this past February, the Bicentennial Map includes 125 points of interest organized along six trails that guide visitors through Niagara. Each trail is associated with a narrative that tells the history of the War of 1812.

The map is used as an educational tool highlighting the significant role that the Niagara region played in the War of 1812.

The map can be found in schools, local museums, historical attractions and tourism outlets throughout Ontario and Western New York. The featured points of interest on the map can also be found online at


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