The Geospatial Centre* collects a variety of geospatial data to suit the teaching and research needs of faculty, staff and students. The strength in the collection is in Canadian data resources, particularly in southern Ontario, however the Geospatial Centre also collects data at the U.S. and world levels.
Our collection of geospatial data resources (both vector and image data) are arranged by geographic location. Most datasets from the Geospatial Centre can be accessed in person during reference hours. These data are provided for personal use for academic, research, and/or teaching purposes. Library staff will ask patrons to read and sign a data release agreement before these licensed data can be released. Other datasets, such as those that are available from external sources have also been included in the collection of links.
The following is a listing of vector datasets. Satellite and Orthoimagery data has been separated.
*Data also available at the Musagetes Library, School of Architecture
- University of Waterloo campus
- Regional Municipality of Waterloo
- Grand River watershed
- City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (G.T.A.)
- Other Ontario cities and municipalities
Examples of how to cite GIS databases and maps: ACMLA Recommended Best Practices in Citation of Cartographic Materials (PDF)