Canadians are known for embracing the summer months with camping weekends, watersports and road trips spent exploring their great country. GPS technology has increased in popularity for recreational use, we here at GPS City thought we'd share a few tips on choosing the right mapping for the area and activity.
Hiking, camping, geocaching, ATVing and many other outdoor adventures are best paired with topographic maps. Garmin has an extensive lineup of handheld GPS units and a variety of options for topographic mapping. Survey the landscape in Banff National Park with the preloaded Topo West microSD card. Take the kids on a geocaching expedition through Cottage Country using a GPS running Southern Ontario maps loaded from the Topo Canada DVD.
Vancouver Island's inside and outside passages are a haven for boaters of all kinds. Lowrance's Elite 5 series and the compatible Navionics Gold Coastal Canada charts will have you navigating both the shore lines and open water on either coast with total confidence.
While Navionics offer great coverage for the East and West coasts, inland lake coverage is best left to Garmin and their aptly named Inland Lakes Canada software. The provinces/territories that are currently covered include the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Nova Scotia. Garmin also offers detailed charts for the Great Lakes and coastal regions of Canada with their Bluecharts G2 and G2 Vision maps.
Motorcyclists and road trippers alike will want to have Garmin's City Navigator by their side when hitting the open road. The City Navigator line of software is global in coverage, from the expansive North American highway systems to the cobblestone alleys of Italy and Greece. Find addresses, hotels, restaurants and other tourist attractions with the extensive POI (points of interest) database.
Let's all enjoy the last of summer outdoors and look forward to the exciting activities fall and winter will bring.