Arctic Web Map

Arctic Web Map API and Usage

We provide multiple options for displaying our tile data across multiple platforms.

PolarMap.js

Using our JavaScript client library is the recommended way of displaying our tiles for web clients. It provides a easy to use API for drawing maps with custom marker and location data. See the PolarMap.js API for more details.

Leaflet

Our v1.0 tiles are compatible with Leaflet maps, when used with the Proj4JS and Proj4Leaflet libraries.

OpenLayers

OpenLayers has support for projected tiles, and can easily be modified to display our Arctic Web Map tiles. It has excellent support for accessing tiles via XYZ (OpenStreetMap style) or via WMTS.

Direct Tile Access (v1.0)

The original set of Arctic Web Map tiles generated from 2015 to 2017 and supporting multiple arctic projections can be used directly with compatible clients.

The URL template for our tiles is http://tiles.arcticconnect.ca/osm_{projection}/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
where {projection} is one of 3571, 3572, 3573, 3574, 3575 or 3576, {z} is the zoom level, {x} is the tile x-index, and {y} is the tile y-index.

This follows the informal OpenStreetMap tile server naming scheme.

Direct Tile Access (v2.0)

The newer set of Arctic Web Map tiles generated from 2019 OpenStreetMap data can be used directly with compatible clients.

XYZ OSM-Style Tiles

The URL template for our tiles is http://tiles.arcticconnect.ca/awm/{z}/{x}/{y}.png
where {z} is the zoom level, {x} is the tile x-index, and {y} is the tile y-index.

This follows the informal OpenStreetMap tile server naming scheme.

Web Map Tile Service (WMTS)

Clients compatible with the Open Geospatial Consortium WMTS standard can access the v2.0 tiles using one of the following Capabilities documents.

Accessing v2.0 tiles via WMTS or XYZ will use the same source OSM data, and tiles are rendered to images using Mapnik, therefore the map should look nearly identical when accessed via WMTS or XYZ.