Projecting to Yukon Albers

Yukon Albers is the default projection for most Yukon Government data and projects. Here are 3 methods to get your data into that projection.

InteractiveOne-at-a-time: Set data frame to desired projection, then export a layer to the data frame coordinate system.

Interactive Bulk: Create a template Feature Dataset with the desired target coordinate system, then import to that template.

Geoprocessing: Use the Project tool (in Data Management tool box).

Interactive One-at-a-time Method

Set data frame to desired projection, then export a layer to the data frame coordinate system.

  1. Start a new ArcMap session
  2. Load a standard YT layer such as Yukon border or NTS tile grid
  3. Add the new data to be projected to the map
  4. Use context-menu to export
    1. Select layer in ToC >> r-click >> Data >> Export Data
    2. Choose “the data frame” for coordinate system

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Interactive Bulk Method

Create a template Feature Dataset with the desired target coordinate system. Anything imported into that template will be reprojected to match.

  1. Start a new ArcMap session
  2. In ArcCatalog pane create a new File Geodatabase
  3. Create a new Feature Dataset, assign YT Albers projection
    1. NAD 1983 CSRS Yukon Albers
    2. CGVD2013 (height) – optional, can be skipped.
    3. 0.001 for X,Y,Z & M tolerances (one millimeter)
  4. Select the “_yt” template Feature Dataset and from context menu “Import >> Feature Class Multiple”

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Geoprocessing Method

Use the Project tool (in Data Management tool box).

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“NAD83 Yukon Albers” or “NAD83(CSRS) Yukon Albers” ?

The CSRS (Canadian Spatial Reference System) variant is newer and more accurate, but that greater accuracy doesn’t mean anything until you get to fine scales, e.g. surveying. For mapping at 1:50,000 and coarser, the differences are slight to non-existent.

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