Maps & GIS

What is GIS?

A Geographic Information System (GIS) helps answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. The County of Grande Prairie's GIS Unit creates and maintains easily accessible public information about the County. This information is often linked to a geographic location and is organized into layers, viewable in the County's Public Web Map.

"A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. A GIS helps you answer questions and solve problems by looking at your data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework." http://www.esri.com/what-is-gis/index.html

The mission of the GIS Unit at the County of Grande Prairie is to facilitate the use of GIS to:

  1. Foster informed and effective decision making.
  2. Improve the delivery and efficiency of public services.
  3. Provide relevant information to staff and residents
  4. Promote innovative solutions for the County of Grande Prairie.

The GIS Unit uses the following poster to illustrate how a GIS works. Please click on the image to view the full size poster.

Five Points of GIS

How can you access the County's GIS?

By using an interactive and easy to use tool called the Public Web Map residents, businesses and organizations access GIS information from the County of Grande Prairie and our partner towns. This web map provides an assortment of tools that will measure distance, allow users to print to a PDF, make notes on the map, view aerial photos and much more.

To access the Public Web Map, click on the logo below. Please note, by clicking, you are also accepting our GIS Data Disclaimer.

Learning how to use the Public Web Map

For more information on how to use the Public Web Map, please visit the help file.

Please contact gisservices@countygp.ab.ca if you have any questions about GIS at the County of Grande Prairie, or if your organization or school group would like a demonstration of what we do.