This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to the Province of Manitoba, Canada.
- Please add your comments to the discussion on the talk page.
- Additional information can be found in Canadian tagging guidelines.
- Trunk: Highways 1, 16, 75, and 10 between Brandon and 16.
- Primary: All other provincial trunk highways (numbers 1-101, excluding the trunks above).
- Secondary: Provincial roads (numbers above 101)
- Unclassified: Rural roads that are not part of the numbered highway system. These road are owned and maintained by the municipality in which they are located.
- Tertiary: Rural roads that are not part of the numbered highway system, are owned and maintained by the municipality in which they are located, yet are more significant than a typical rural road. These roads may be paved but not necessarily, and a paved road does not necessarily make it a tertiary road. Should be based more on traffic flow and the significance of the destination to which they lead.
Highways should get a surface tag indicating paved or unpaved. If there is no surface tag, the assumption is paved.
Highways with one lane in each direction should be tagged as lanes=2, highways with two lanes in each direction should be tagged as lanes=4, etc. A divided highway with two lanes on each carriageway should have two separate ways, each tagged with lanes=2. If there is no lanes tag, the assumption is 2. This follows precisely the tagging procedure described at Key:lanes.
All highways should have ref tags added indicating the highway/road number. Those that are named (e.g. the Trans-Canada highway, the Yellowhead, the Perimeter) should also have name tags.
The highway tag in OpenStreetMap is intended to describe the official classification of a given road. At the same time, this is not enough information to draw a useful map. The official highway map from Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation divides roads into the following categories:
- Multilane (i.e. divided) provincial highway
- 2 lane (i.e. undivided) paved provincial highway
- Gravel provincial highway
- Proposed provincial highway
- 2 lane paved provincial road
- Gravel provincial road
- Proposed provincial road
- Other paved road
- Other gravel road
- Other road, condition unknown
- Winter road
This breaks down into a few variables:
- Official classification (Provincial Trunk Highway/Provincial Road/other)
- Size (two lane undivided/four lane divided)
- Surface (paved/unpaved/unknown)
- Status (existing/proposed/winter)
We can use a similar system for OSM, breaking the four variables into four tags. However, there are a couple points worth noting:
- Four Provincial Trunk highways (1, 16, 75, and 10) are part of the National Highway System, giving us an additional category ("NHS highways").
- Divided highways are indicated in OSM by drawing two separate ways, not by using a tag.
- We shouldn't have roads with an "unknown" surface type. If we've mapped it, presumably we know what it is.
- Proposed roads are not mapped.
The highway tag is used to record the road's official classification. It also carries certain implications regarding the road itself; notably, highway=motorway implies that the road is a controlled access highway. However, the primary meaning of highway is the official classification. The highest classification in Manitoba belongs to NHS highways, but these are not controlled access, and so cannot be assigned motorway status. Instead, trunk is used. This naturally leads to:
- Provincial Trunk Highways that are part of the National Highway System (highways 1, 16, 75, and 10): highway=trunk
- Other Provincial Trunk highways (numbers up to and including 101): highway=primary
- Provincial Roads (numbers above 101): highway=secondary
Rural roads that are not part of this highway classification system can be tagged as highway=unclassified. This leaves the "in-between" status of highway=tertiary unused, but this class is useful when mapping important roads in urban areas.
In Manitoba, the number of lanes on a highway is not particularly important, since in general, divided highways have two lanes and undivided highways have one. Still, the lanes tag can be used to record the number of lanes of travel in each direction (i.e. for a two-way highway, one lane each way, lanes=1).
The surface of the road does not affect the highway's official classification, and so it does not impact the highway tag. But it is important information, and can be captured in the surface tag. Suggested values are surface=paved and surface=unpaved. Provincial highways and roads that are unpaved are gravel roads; for unclassified roads that are unsuitable for heavy travel (dirt, grass, really bad gravel), consider switching to highway=track.
Note that surface does not currently (May 2007) have any impact on the standard Osmarender or Mapnik layers, so the maps that OpenStreetMaps creates will not differentiate between, for example, paved and unpaved Provincial Roads. This will hopefully change in the future. Custom Osmarender rulesets can be made that will incorporate this data.
Winter roads are not currently being mapped. If you map them, please give some consideration as to the sort of tags that should be used, and document that here.
Manitoba also officially classifies highways as RTAC, class A1, and class B1. These classifications relate to the highway's load limits and freight transport regulations, and are not meaningful to most people. This information is not currently being captured in OpenStreetMap. If you wish to add this information, please document the tagging scheme here.
The rural road system in Manitoba is fairly complete grid, with roads built every mile. These roads were built in farming areas long ago, the result is a grid of roads which break down land into square miles, or "sections", each containing 640 acres.
Most of these roads are numbered by simply counting how many roads away from the starting point that particular road is. Roads running east-west are counted starting at the US border (49 degrees north). Roads running north-south are counted starting at the Prime Meridian, a seemingly arbitrary starting point located at 97.46 degrees west. Manitoba's land location system, still widely used for rural addressing, is also based off of these two reference points. For example, the north-south grid road that is 4 miles east of the Prime Meridian is Road 4E. The east-west road that is 70 miles north of the US border is Road 70N.
Some municipalities have given these roads names, some haven't. Some sign the road with the name only, some place the name and number while some only have the number as the road has been unnamed. A convention has developed for how to tag these roads in OSM. Road with no given name can simply be tagged as "name=Road XXY" where X is the number and Y is the direction. Where a road does have a name, tag it as "name=Smith Road (XXY)". The rationale for this is that, even if the municipality doesn't choose to display the road number on signs, that number is still very useful for finding addresses based on either the old land location format or the newer "911" system. In either case, also tag the road with "ref=XXY".
Example: For a fictional road named "Scotsdale Drive", having the number 24N, should be tagged:
- name=Scotsdale Drive (24N)
Not all rural roads are necessarily part of the grid. Some areas (particularly near rivers) were never built on the grid, whereas some areas have been developed beyond their original use as farmland and have more roads within them that aren't lined up with the grid. These roads needn't be tagged using this scheme.
Many of Manitoba's highways are built upon what used to be a grid road, or line up with the grid. For example, the west perimeter highway generally follows Road 6E, and the north perimeter from PTH 6 to PTH 8 follows Road 67N.
In places where the road system is not complete and a road has not been built, a road allowance has nonetheless been surveyed. Although there's no maintained road there, the road allowance permits one to be built. In some cases there is a dirt track used by agricultural equipment, but this is often unmaintained. Road allowances are 99 feet (30.18 metres) wide, and do not encroach on the one-mile square section of land that they surround. In other words the land between roads is a full square mile with the allowances added on top of that. Therefore the distance between centres of two consecutive mile roads is 1 mile and 99 feet (1,639.52 m).
Road allowances can often be traveled, but to varying degrees. Some are gravel covered by unplowed in the winter and often very muddy in heavy rains, whereas some are straight dirt, and some are somewhere in between. Most if not all are at least built up to some degree. This can be tagged with the "highway=track" tag along with the "tracktype" tag with a value of "grade1" to "grade5". Based on the guidelines on the main Map Features page, most of these will be between grades 2 and 4. If a road allowance is grown over with trees and therefore completely impassable, or if it is part of the cultivated field, then it shouldn't be marked as even a track.
Addressing in Rural Manitoba
See "Dominion Land Survey" on Wikipedia for a better description than this.
Land locations, also referred to as "section, township and range" are a form of addressing used in rural areas. Their use is being phased out as they have two main disadvantages; they're confusing almost always requiring a map, and they can only narrow down a location to a quarter section, or one quarter of a square mile. A land location is formatted in four sections; quarter section, section, township and range. The addresses are most easily read backwards, starting with the range, then township, then section and quarter section. The range number is given as a number followed by either E or W representing east and west. The province is divided into 6 mile ranges starting at the Prime Meridian (97.46 degrees west). Therefore any land location that specifies the range as 1E will be found somewhere within the first six miles east of the Prime Meridian. A range of 2E means that the location will be found somewhere between 6 and 12 miles east of the Prime Meridian, etc. The township portion of the address specifies a six mile north-south area in which a location will be found, much like the range portion, starting at the US border, or the 49th parallel. There for a township of 1 means the location is somewhere within six miles of the US border, 2 means somewhere between 6 and 12 miles, and so on. Combine the township and range numbers and you have an area of six miles by six miles, or 36 square miles. This area is then divided into sections of one square mile each. They are numbered 1-36 starting at the south-easternmost square mile, then moving west to the southwestern corner, then north by one square mile, then to the eastern border, north by one, then west, and so on. Those sections are further divided into quarter sections and labeled by cardinal direction, i.e. NE, SE, NW and SW. The resulting land location is written as, for example, NE1-2-3W, or SW36-11-12E, etc.
Since most physical roads are signed by their road number, and no signage appears denoting land location, it becomes necessary to convert land locations to a quarter section adjacent to an intersection of roads. This is most easily accomplished by using a properly labeled map, but can be accomplished mathematically. For example, to determine the range of roads that a Township and Range applies to, simply multiply those numbers by 6, then subtract 6. Therefore a land location of SW36-11-12E would lie somewhere between roads 60N and 66N, and 66E and 72E. Section 36 is located within the northeastern most corner of any six mile block, or in this case at the corner of 72E and 66N. However, the south-east corner of this section would be most easily access from the intersection of road 65N and 71E. A person standing at that intersection could look towards the northwest and would be looking at SW36-11-12E. For this reason, labeling a road with its grid number is helpful, even if the road is primarily referred to by a given name.
As mentioned, there are two main disadvantages to this addressing scheme. For one, its complicated. Most people can't follow the logic and even for those that due its difficult to figure out without using a map. This is time-consuming and error prone for emergency responders. Furthermore, many people who live in these areas and aren't familiar with the system and have trouble remember their own address. The other limitation, and one that has nothing to do with human error, is the fact that the system can only narrow an address down to a quarter section, or one quarter of a square mile, or 160 acres. There still exist municipalities that only use land locations for addressing, while in those municipalities a quarter section might have 10 or more small acreage homes. These homes are all given the exact same address as the system has no way of further distinguishing them. Again, this is time consuming and problematic for emergency responders to try and figure out which place they're supposed to be going to. This system is also useless in areas that don't have roads built on the grid system, unless you have a map to reference from.
How is this mapped in OSM? Well, its not for now, any suggestions?
Gate addresses, also known as lane markers or 911 addresses, is an addressing scheme designed to overcome the limitations of the land location system that was and still is in use in rural Manitoba. Gate addresses are made up of a street number along with the name or number of the road on which the location is found. Typically municipalities that have gone to this addressing system display the number on a small reflective green sign with white numbering at the end of the location's driveway. The house number is made up of three parts, a 1-3 digit number, followed by a space, then a 1-3 digit number usually with leading zeros as necessary, then a letter to specify cardinal direction. For example "67 003 N". Combine with the name of the road, for example Sturgeon Road, or 8E, and this provides an address narrowing down the location to within 10m. As with land locations and the grid road system, the numbers count outwards from the US border and the Prime Meridian. The first number, 67 in this case, specifies the nearest crossroad to the location between the location and baseline (either the US border or Prime Meridian). The second number, 003, specifies the number of metres x10 between the location and the last crossroad. Therefore, 67 003 N means that the location is 30 metres north of Road 67N. Likewise, an address of 8 123E on Road 67N would be just around the corner, 1230m east of Road 8E on Road 67N. This presents a theoretical limit on the second number of 160 as there are 1600m in a mile. In some municipalities the cardinal direction isn't displayed on the address. All addresses on a north-south road are north of the US border so the N becomes redundant. Likewise, in a municipality far from the Prime Meridian, it is unnecessary to point out that the address is found either east or west of the Prime Meridian.
This system is much improved over the land location system. It can narrow down an address to within 10m or 33 feet of frontage. Furthermore its far simpler and doesn't require a map for someone who has a decent idea of the layout of the land. Even without roads being marked with signs, if one knows their starting point they can simply count miles to end up at the location. Even without a sign at the end of the driveway, its easy to either measure the requisite number of metres from the last crossroad with a GPS or in more sparsely populated areas to make an educated guess, knowing that 080 would be 1/2 mile down the road, 040 1/2 mile, and so on.
Again, ensuring that grid roads tagged with a proper name also get tagged with their respective grid number makes it easier for locating an address using this system.
While OSM provides tagging guidelines for determining whether to tag a place as a locality, hamlet, village, town or city. These guidelines are based on population and are not necessarily that useful for Manitoba. Manitoba is somewhat unique in the world for having a very low rural population density, making smaller towns more significant here than they would be elsewhere. Its also difficult to determine populations of some towns in Manitoba. Instead the following simple guidelines have been developed for determining how to tag a place. These are guidelines only and can be adjusted using common sense where necessary. See the talk page for rationale.
A locality is a named place of some significance, that would generally appear on a map and be used as a landmark, but has next to no one living there, not even the clump of houses of a hamlet.
A hamlet is a location where there is a clump of houses together that have been identified with a name but has next to no commercial activity or amenities.
A village is larger than a hamlet and would at least have a school.
A town would at least have a hospital and a high school.
Given that all cities are unique political identities, their populations can be easily determined. By setting the threshold at (an admittedly arbitrary) minimum population of 9,000, the following settlements qualify. (Dauphin, pop. 7,906 in 2006, and Flin Flon, 5,594, are also incorporated as cities.)
- Portage La Prairie
Mantario Hiking Trail
- The Wikipedia:Mantario Hiking Trail is a multipurpose trail in southeastern Manitoba, approximately 150 km east of Winnipeg.
- Trail details can be found here. Unfortunatly, the copyright is http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0/
and therefore does not comply with OpenStreetMap. http://www.pemmican.org/wiki/Mantario_Hiking_Trail#Online
- However, Acrosscanadatrails is currently using the Toporama NRCan WMS layer to map out all the features that are near where the trail (should) be. So then when someone hikes this route, they can upload the tracks and fill in the details.
- NRCan NTS Tiles 052L03 and 052E14 cover the region
Snoman (Snowmobilers of Manitoba) maintains winter trails throughout the province. Trails can be tagged:
- highway=*, typically track, path, etc.
- name=Snoman Trail
- source=unreliable (Found on the map, because the trails are digitized at a low resolution?)
The Garmin MapSource (Windows) Installer file is available here http://www.mediafire.com/file/m0zdylit4mm/OSM Routable Manitoba 30 April 2010.exe created from the OSM download of the outline of the province from http://downloads.cloudmade.com/north_america/canada/manitoba#downloads_breadcrumbs
Garmin MapSource Maps
- You can download the latest map (as of 18 March 2010) http://www.mediafire.com/file/zagmirfmeym/walking-paper-265hnp8w_Mantario_Trail.pdf
- You can view the map area (from walking papers) http://walking-papers.org/print.php?id=265hnp8w (live)