At one time the Natural Resources Canada had the specifications for the National Topographic Series (NTS) maps online at http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/earth-sciences/cartospecs. It included things like the exact CMYK colour numbers, size and width of every symbol in points and so on.
Web.archive.org has a record of it here (be patient, time travel is slow), but it only has the text. The image examples are missing. Before that I remember having a pdf document of the same, but I can't locate it now. I do have a hardcopy from 1988, but that is hard to search and a little long in the tooth...
Does anyone know of another place for this useful resource?
(And yes, I've already asked NRCAN, but I've yet to get an answer other than "someone will get back to you". I'm sure I will eventually get some kind of answer, but I'm getting impatient P:-)