What is QtheMap?

QtheMap is an interactive web-based tool that allows you to search, display and print maps containing geographical information in the City of Coquitlam. This tool provides information on things such as parks, roads, utilities, civic facilities, schools, trails and other features within the City.

Updated in July 2012, the new QtheMap application uses the latest geographic information system (GIS) technologies to provide superior performance and enhanced usability. Along with its robust address searching capabilities, the new application has a simplified interface and no longer depends on multiple tools for navigation, making getting around the map a much more efficient and smoother experience.

QtheMap is now available on all devices and browsers that support the Silverlight plug-in. QtheMap key features include:

  • Multiple device and browser support
  • High performance basemaps both topographic and aerial photography
  • Robust address searching
  • JPG and PDF export capabilities
  • Park sites, amenities, trails and facilities
  • Property information
  • Designated Land Use and Zoning
  • Development permit areas and subdivision activity
  • Environment, watercourse and SPEA mapping
  • Rights of way, covenants and easements
  • Utility data - communications, water, sanitary, drainage and transportation networks
  • Survey monuments and sketches

How does it work?

The application provides a robust address searching feature that enables you to quickly and easily find a location or street. Numerous measurement tools are provided so you can:

  • identify coordinates of a location,
  • measure distances and areas, and
  • measure existing spatial features by selecting them. 

Export capabilities have also been provided to export your current map as a jpeg image or printer-friendly pdf.

Use this handy reference guide for assistance using the application.

Environmental Watercourse Mapping

Prior to the use of the Environmental Watercourse Mapping and RAR SPEA map layers, the User should review the applicable user notes and disclaimer.


This application requires Microsoft’s Silverlight plug-in version 5 or later.  If you do not have the Silverlight plug-in installed or if you are using an earlier version, please visit the following Microsoft site to download and install the latest version of Silverlight.

Note to Chrome Users:

Starting with Chrome version 42, NPAPI support is disabled and this includes the Silverlight API behind QtheMap. Google has provided an override that permits NPAPI support until September 2015 when it will be removed permanently.

  • To enable the override, enter the following in the Chrome address field and hit enter: chrome://flags/#enable-npapi
  • Click enable to re-enable NPAPI support.
  • Restart Chrome and the Silverlight plugin should be available again.


If you have any questions about data or QtheMap in general, please email: qthemap@coquitlam.ca

Terms of Use

  1. The information delivered on this web page ('Q the Map') is provided as a public service by the City of Coquitlam (the 'City') on the following terms.
  2. In return for the City granting access to Q the Map, the person accessing Q the Map (the 'User') agrees to and accepts these Terms of Use.
  3. Q the Map is provided on an 'as is, where is' basis. The City assumes no obligation or liability for the use of Q the Map by any person and makes no representations or promises regarding the completeness or accuracy of Q the Map or its fitness for a particular use.
  4. The User will use Q the Map only for the User's own internal business and personal purposes and may not
    • re-sell, sublicence, or operate a service bureau using Q the Map, or
    • otherwise reproduce, publish or disseminate Q the Map for commercial purposes, without the prior written consent of the City.
  5. All right, title and interest (including all copyright, patent, and other intellectual property rights) in Q the Map remain vested in the City at all times. The City's original copyright and other proprietary notices included with Q the Map must remain intact at all times.
  6. The User will indemnify the City and its officials, employees and agents from and against all losses, claims, demands, actions, payments, expenses, costs, suits, and damages (including any damages that are direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential), whether or not caused by the negligence of the City, or its officials, employees or agents, which are incurred by the City and would not or could not have been incurred but for the User's use of Q the Map or the User's breach of these Terms of Use.
  7. Failure of the User to comply with these Terms of Use will result in the automatic termination of the User's rights to access Q the Map.
  8. These Terms of Use are governed by the laws of British Columbia, Canada, and the User now irrevocably agrees that the courts of British Columbia will have exclusive jurisdiction over all matters relating to these Terms of Use. If any part of these Terms of Use are found to be unenforceable, then that part will be severed so that the remainder of these Terms of Use can continue to be enforceable.
  9. The User is reminded that all lot sizes and legal descriptions should be confirmed at the Land Title Office and the User should not rely on Q the Map for this information.

Mobiles Devices

There are two basic options for mobiles devices such as iPads and Androids:

  1. Access the QtheMap content using a browser on a mobile device by visiting the ArcGIS Online.
    • The home page for the City of Coquitlam application will open on ArcGIS Online.
    • After the page has loaded, click on the Open button and select "Open in ArcGIS.com Map Viewer". 
    • To view all of the specific Coquitlam content and data, click on the "Show Contents of Map" button (middle icon in the table of contents on the left hand side).
  2. Install the ArcGIS app by ESRI by clicking the applicable link below on your mobile device:
    • Launch the application after it is installed and then follow the applicable instructions below:
      • For Apple Devices, first click on the Maps button in the top left hand corner and then click on the magnifying glass of the pop-up window.  Enter "City of Coquitlam" in the search dialog and click enter.  From the list of search results, select the "City of Coquitlam, BC, Canada" application. 
      • For Google Android devices, first click on the Find Maps button in the top left hand corner and then click on the magnifying glass in the top right hand corner of the screen.  Enter "City of Coquitlam" in the search dialog and click Enter or Go.  From the list of search results, select the "City of Coquitlam, BC, Canada" application.
    • All QtheMap content will be added to your ArcGIS application and you can use the native tools provided to enable/disable layers, zoom in and out, and search for addresses and locations.

QtheMap Help Guide

General Navigation

  • Use the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
  • Click, hold and drag the mouse to pan and move North, South, East or West.
  • Double-click to zoom in on an area.
  • While holding the shift button, draw a box to zoom to that area.

Navigation Bar

  • Click on the arrows on the compass tool to pan around the map.
  • Click on the zoom slider bar to zoom in and out.
  • Click on the + and – icons to zoom in and out.
  • Click on the globe icon to zoom to the full extent of the map.
  • Click and hold the compass and spin it around to reorient the map.
  • Click on the North icon, N, to reset the map orientation.

Scale Bar

  • The scale bar indicates the scale of the map in metric and imperial units.
  • The scale text indicates the current scale of the map as a ratio of the distance on the map corresponding to the distance on the ground.

Main Toolbar

  • Basemap
    • Use this menu button to select which basemap to use in the map.
  • Map Contents
    • Use this menu button to display the map contents window which allows you to toggle on and off various municipal layers.
  • Address Search
    • Use this tool to search for a specific address, an approximate address or an entire street.
  • Search
    • Search for features across multiple layers and attributes.
  • Measure Tool
    • Use this tool to draw measurements on the map in a variety ways. You can draw your own measurements using one of the drawing methods available or you can measure features directly by selecting a map layer and clicking on a feature in that layer.
  • Export Tool
    • Use this tool to export the map as a jpeg image or create an 8.5” by 11” PDF image that is formatted and ready for printing.

Locating a Property or Street

  • To search for an address or street location, click on the Property Search button on the main toolbar.
  • To search based on an address, enter the house number and street name in the available boxes and click on search. The list of street names is pre-populated and will auto-refresh as you type so you may only need to enter the first few letters of the street name before selecting it from the list.
    • If an exact match is found, that property will be selected and the map will zoom in to that area.
    • If an exact match is not found based on the house number provided, the search tool will geocode your input and attempt to find the best approximate location for that address. In this case, a point marker will be displayed near that approximate address and the tool window will indicate that an exact match could not be found.
  • To search for a street only, leave the house number field blank and type in the desired street name. All matching segments of that street will be highlighted and displayed.

Alter the Map Contents and View Symbology/Legend

  • Use the Map Contents button on the main toolbar to display the Map Contents window.
  • Select the checkbox beside any dataset or individual layer to toggle that layer on and off.
  • Use the arrow beside each dataset or folder to expand the contents and view the individual layers beneath.
  • To view the symbology for a layer, click on the arrow beside the individual layer to expand the contents.

Identifying Features and Displaying Attributes

  • Most feature layers in the map have attributes associated with them. 
  • Use the Map Contents window to turn on the applicable feature datasets and layers.
  • Once the applicable layers or datasets are enabled, single click on any features in those layers. A pop-up window will display the attributes for that feature if it has any. The pop-up window may also list multiple results when features are in close proximity to each other. Use the right and left arrows at the top of the pop-up attribute window to navigate through the results if there are multiple features identified.

Performing Measurements

  • Use the Measure tool button on the main toolbar to display the Measurement Tool dialog window.
  • There are two main ways to perform a measurement:
    1. 1. Select a drawing method using the icons displayed and perform a measurement on the map.
    2. 2. Select a feature from a visible layer in the map and the measurements for that feature will be identified. Note, this feature will not be enabled if there are no municipal layers turned on.
      • 1.a. To perform a measurement using one of the drawing methods, first click on the icon for the desired measurement type.
      • 1.b. Next, follow the on-screen instructions to draw the point, line or polygon. The measurements will be displayed on the measurement tool dialog window.
      • 1.c. After measurements are displayed, you can use the drop-down menus to the right of the measurements to alter the unit type and display the measurement in different units.
      • 2.a. To measure an existing feature, ensure that the layer you wish to measure has been turned on using the Map Contents window. After displaying the measurement tool dialog window, select the option, “Select features to measure.”
      • 2.b. From the list of available datasets and layers, select the layer you wish to measure.
      • 2.c. Navigate to the desired feature and click on that feature to measure it. The measurements for that feature will be displayed on the measurement tool dialog window.
      • 2.d. After measurements are displayed, you can use the drop-down menus to the right of the measurements to alter the unit type and display the measurement in different units.

Exporting and/or Printing the Map

  • The Export tool will allow you to export the current map to a jpeg image or create an 8.5” x 11” printer-friendly, portrait map in PDF format.
  • To export the current map view, click on the Export tool on the main toolbar.
  • Select the desired output type (jpeg image or PDF document). If you intend on printing the map output, then it is best to select the PDF option.
  • Using the check boxes provided, confirm which map elements are required in the output.
  • Click on the Export button and save the jpeg or PDF file to a local drive.

Searching for Other Features

  • To search for other features in the map, click on the Search button on the main toolbar.
  • If searching for an address, please use the Property Search tool.
  • Enter your search criteria (e.g. "Town Centre" or "Scott Creek") and click on Search.
    • Search results are organized by layer.
    • Each matched result lists the name of the matched attribute followed by the value that was matched.
    • If the number of matches for any given layer is displayed in red then you have exceeded the search result limit for that layer.  If needed, revise your search criteria and search again.
  • Expand any layer and click on a feature to zoom directly to it.
  • Hovering over any matched feature on the map will display a pop-up dialog with other attributes for that feature.
  • Use the Clear button at any time to clear the search results window.