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Old 07-02-2013, 07:05 AM   #1
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Trail Map options for Eastern Canada?

Is the Garmin Topo Canada East map the only option for this area? Is there anything else? Anything better?

I'm currently using an Oregon 550 (together with my Zumo 660) but I plan on getting the new Monterra when it becomes available. If I buy a topo map now, does that mean I'll have to buy it again when I get the new GPS? The Garmin site leads me to believe that the map becomes locked to a specific GPS unit, even if it's on an SD card. Is that right?

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Old 07-02-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
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don't know about the Canada 'East' map but the Topo Canada V4.0 was not locked to a specific gps and is auto routing. You may want to check out Ibycus Topo maps for Canada. It is free but is a big dowload,,about 3GB
City Navagator also does a decent job with smaller roads but is locked to 1 gps but only shows larger bodies of water and not streams...
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #3
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Check to see if BACKROADS the area you want:
http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:28 AM   #4
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Thanks, but it seems BACKROADS has most of Canada but nothing for Quebec.

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Check to see if BACKROADS the area you want:
http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:35 AM   #5
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Thanks very much. I'm checking into Ibycus.

Someone told me that one of the big off-road organizations in Quebec has a detailed topo map for sale in SD format, but all my searching isn't turning up the map or the organization.

I have an old version of Topo Canada (not sure what the version is, my Oregon is at home) and you're right, that's not locked to a specific GPS unit. But the Garmin website gives me the impression that their current products are. In that case, I'd probably be better off waiting until I can get my hands on one of the new Monterra units and then get the map locked to that.

Unless I can find a better map now, that isn't locked to a specific device.


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don't know about the Canada 'East' map but the Topo Canada V4.0 was not locked to a specific gps and is auto routing. You may want to check out Ibycus Topo maps for Canada. It is free but is a big dowload,,about 3GB
City Navagator also does a decent job with smaller roads but is locked to 1 gps but only shows larger bodies of water and not streams...
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:46 AM   #6
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Anyone know about TrakMaps? Supposedly they have Quebec topo maps showing dual-sport roads/trails and they offer them as downloads, CD or SD cards.
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Old 07-02-2013, 08:49 AM   #7
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I've traveled much of Quebec just north of NB and the interior of Gaspe by using the path command on google earth and translating Kml file with WinGDB3 or importing into basecamp as kml.

I have the Backroad Atlas by Mapart for a general guide and then get pdf maps from the Reserves and Faunique de whatever and ZECs. Mapart also has a Quebec Atlas which is somewhat helpful
Also get some ATV/Quad maps to help locate woods roads, not every quad track is a good bike track....

http://mapart.relationalhost.com/sto...l?cid=1&step=2
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Old 07-02-2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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Bought TrakMaps Quebec Topo

I just bought TrakMaps "Off-road Motorcycle v2" topo map on SD card. As luck would have, it, the company is only about 3 miles from my office and I called them, they had it in stock, so I hopped on my bike and went out and got it.

Only I have my Oregon back at home so I won't be able to look at it until I get there after work tonight.

I'll report back as soon as I have an impression of it.

Thanks for the help, guys.
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