Welcome to the Geospatial Centre

The Geospatial Centre is an inviting hub which provides cartographic and Geographic Information System (GIS) services to the University of Waterloo community. Services include reference, workshops, and access to GIS and remote sensing data.

Students, faculty, and staff have access to digital and printed maps, GIS technology, aerial photographs, and more.

The Geospatial Centre is located in the Dana Porter Library, 3rd floor, room 328.

  1. Aug. 16, 2017Waterloo Region historical maps

    The Geospatial Centre has made available historical maps of Waterloo Region from 1815 to 1923. KMZ (map files) can be downloaded and viewed within Google Earth.

  2. July 25, 2017Digital historical street network for Waterloo County

    In 2011, the staff in the University Map Library re-constructed the 1955 street network for Waterloo County. In 2017, the staff at the Geospatial Centre updated the project with 2016 data, allowing scholars, historians and community residents to study and analyze past and present street patterns. 

    To visualize the changes which have occurred within the Waterloo Region multiple web maps were created to showcase the urban growth, road network, and road name changes between 1955 and 2016.

  3. July 4, 2017Population Growth of Waterloo through 1867 to the present

    In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary, the Geospatial Centre has created a graphic visualizing the population growth of Waterloo from 1855 to 2016.

    https://uwaterloo.ca/library/geospatial/population-growth-waterloo-through-1867-present

    Using ArcGIS Online's storybook application, you can see the increase in Waterloo's population over the years. The historical maps that were used to create the population density maps can be seen in the storymap. 

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Our hours (Fall Term)

Sept. 6th -

Day Hours open Reference
Monday - Thursday 8:30- 6:00

10:00-12:00 1:30-4:30

Friday 8:30 - 4:30 10:00-12:00   1:30-4:30

Weekend

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