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Exercises (additions to those on LRT Support CD#1)

Note: The following links are to the three known missing lesson files on the LRT Support CD #1. 
          or if missing pdf files for a lesson, check out your ArcCanada CD #2.

  1. K12Quick file

  2. Kingston

  3. Icestorm

2001 Census Divisions, Provincial Boundary and Population 2001 shp files - Statcan release June 19th, 2002 - download now.


 Exercises ( Created on other websites by other teachers/GIS professionals)

The World at Night Lesson
a jointly produced lesson

 Tectonics Unit with multi-group activities
August 2003 BLACK-OUT lesson, images and links

AV_STARS - Celestial Mapping Project for ArcView 3

thanks to Peter Girard at Applied Geographics Inc

Fundamentals of mapping

thanks to Erin Kelly and
Canadian Geographic and ESRI Canada

To outfox the red fox

thanks to Erin Kelly and
Canadian Geographic and ESRI Canada

Acid Mining Sites in Canada
 Environmental Mining Council of British Columbia
Exploring Earthquakes in Space and Time Through the Internet
 and a Geographic Information System
GIS at Boulder High School, Boulder Colorado
Africa Lessons
On Line GIS US Civil War History Project

Part of the Valley of Shadow Project

World Footprint Project and Data
Last of the Wild Project and Data



Basic exercises aimed to aid a teachers understanding of GIS applications in ArcView. All tutorials are now located off the main tutorial page at for the list below. Select the topic you wish from ESRI's extensive tutorial support page.

       Creating Your Own Data - make a map using your own data!

       Geocoding and Queries - marketing analysis and working with street network files.  

         Hot Linking: A How-To Guide - create dynamic projects with Hot-Linking.

    - need Nova Scotia community sites to hotlink to from your maps? 
A Compilation of Nova Scotia Communities with Aerial Photographs and local information
AirScapes Nova Scotia Photographs by Ron Garnett.

       Registering Images - working with airphotographs, satellite images and scanned maps in ArcView 

    NOTE: better register tool now available using control points

        Customizing Legends in a layout - creating a layout and customizing its legend.  

        Buffering Themes - create a buffer around selected features in a theme or layer.  

        Working With CAD Drawings - CAD Drawings > what they are, and how you can use them in ArcView. 

        Using E-STAT with ArcView -  E-STAT is Statistics Canada's interactive learning tool, available free on-line to all schools now. Some schools may still have the CD-ROM (Windows) designed specifically for the education community and it will still work. 

      Although some schools may still have the older CD-ROM version , it is best to use E-STAT

as E-STAT gives subscribers access to an incredible amount of data while ArcView has powerful mapping and manipulation capabilities for this data. 

However schools can use the mapping features on line at E-STAT to produce maps as needed, or a spreadsheet  to manipulate the data.  GIS is recommended for use when you wish the students to manipulate data for spatial relationships.

We have produced three tutorials for E-STAT data acquisition for use in ArcView GIS:

  1. Canadian Data - Current Canadian data for use with your ArcCanada 1996 Census Division shp file, CD96.shp

  2. Historical Data - Historical Census files available for use with ArcView, but requiring more extensive geographical area cross-referencing to ensure data integrality.

  3. Geographical Data Correction Tutorial - for use when the geography of the historical census does not match your cd96 CD codes.

It is critical if you plan to use the data in ArcView that you ALWAYS select census divisions in your data selection process on EStat, so you can  match your downloaded file's EStat codes to the 96cd.shp file.

If you wish to use Provincial level data only, then download the updated file as it contains province tables with two, four and seven digit EStat codes to allow table joins at the provincial level.  Without this file, you can not easily match tables which are created by EStat for provincial level data vs. the normal Census Divisions found in 96cd.shp.

        Working with E00 data files - Converting E00 file data to shp files  (Note: ignore all after ArcView section for other GIS programs)