GEIST Magazine’s Cheeky Mapping

This Canadian magazine provides readers with some interesting maps developed by searching for "curious" place names. My favorite.. "The National Beer Map of Canada"… aka. The Final Draft!

So how are the maps made? Melissa Edwards, a self-proclaimed Map Geek employed by Geist searches out the Geonames website ( and locates 200-300 interesting place names that share a common theme. The end result is a new map with a "funky" theme and title.

The maps are posted online as static PDF’s, however, they are a fine example of what a little bit of creativity, some original thought, and alot of fun can accomplish by using a simple mapping program and a place name database. Some noteworthy maps include:

  • erotic maps of Canada
  • Meat map of Canada
  • Canadian Map of Small Business