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    GPS and Forest Service Roads..

    I'm considering buying the GPS add on for my laptop.. It comes with microsoft streets and tips which gives you all the maps for north america... What about forest roads? Is there anything available that has the maps of BC backroads?

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    I am by no means an expert in this as I just got a GPS myself.
    My brother has downloaded Ozi Explorer into his laptop www.oziexplorer.com and uses that with his GPS connected to it. Then he can upload the map to his GPS. He downloads the maps from the internet somewhere. I'll try and find out where. They are Canadian topographic maps and are quite detailed. They do show logging roads and trails but are very out of date. (1970's!) and some of the roads and trails don't exist anymore.
    Once the map is uploaded to your GPS you can compare the roads on the map to your actual track as shown on your GPS. Then download your track back to Ozi and update your maps with the new trails and roads in Ozi Explorer. We do this all the time and we now have excellent up-to-date topo maps of our favourite areas, with fishing and hunting spots, campsites and cool trails.
    This doesn't answer your original question, though. I will try and find out where the maps come from. It would be good to know just for myself.
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    These look good from what I've seen, though no experience using them....

    http://www.backroadmapbooks.com/inde...Id=vol1Digital


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    I've been running the Kootenay Version of the Backroads Cd through Ozi on my laptop in my truck and it's OK. They are useful in a general way.

    Despite the dated nature of the basemaps I much prefer Softmap GPS. The georeferencing seems to be much more rigourous and a bit of countour reading should let a person figure out where the road will be going anyway. The maps are also seamless which I find to be a big plus. The GPS module is not as featured az Ozi but I find it doesn't need to be.

    Keep following what is happening with Online Cadastre. When it is done,it is going to be an awesome tool. The ortho overlay is fantastically helpful where it exists.

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    FWIW, NSOR sells some digital mapping products. Here's the link:

    http://www.nsor.com/digitalproducts.cfm

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    Thanks for all the input guys... Sounds good. Is there any drawbacks go going with teh laptop GPS addon other than having to use ur laptop? Seems like its way cheaper as the GPS is only a 40 item and then you just load the software...

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    What about Canada TopoMap software sold by Magellan and Garmin for their respective GPS receivers?

    Does anyone have experience with this software?

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    Originally posted by slyman
    I am by no means an expert in this as I just got a GPS myself.
    My brother has downloaded Ozi Explorer into his laptop www.oziexplorer.com and uses that with his GPS connected to it. Then he can upload the map to his GPS.
    OziExplorer doesn't upload maps into a GPS. The reason being is that Ozi works with bitmap graphics where as the maps uploaded into GPS units are vector based AND use a proprietary format. I think Ozi makes a program that allows you to build maps (by hand) for the Eagle/Lowrance GPSrs. But it isn't as simple as loading a bitmapped graphic into Ozi, and then uploading into the GPS. FWIW, there are third party tools that also let you create uploadable maps for the Garmin GPSrs, and _maybe_ also a tool for Magellans. But in all cases, it requires a fair bit of effort to construct uploadable maps.

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    OziExplorer doesn't upload maps into a GPS.
    Please excuse my newbieness! Lars, you are correct. What I should of said was he uploads ROUTES from Ozi to his GPS.
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    I tried out Garmin Mapsource Canada Topo on the weekend and it seemed pretty good. Without color though it was hard to distinguish roads from contour lines.
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    Originally posted by Chet
    I tried out Garmin Mapsource Canada Topo on the weekend and it seemed pretty good. Without color though it was hard to distinguish roads from contour lines.
    When I was considering getting the topo maps for my Garmin III+, I was wondering if the mono screen would be a problem. Now I know. ;-)

    BTW, if anyone wants to see what their map detail is like, you can go to the cartography section at garmin.com and have a look. They have an on-line viewer for most of their map products.

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    Originally posted by Chet
    I tried out Garmin Mapsource Canada Topo on the weekend and it seemed pretty good. Without color though it was hard to distinguish roads from contour lines.
    On my eTrex Legend I had to tweek the contrast to see all 4 "colours". When I'm rich I'll go with true colour. The Topo Canada maps are very nice to have and download.

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    Originally posted by HiThere
    What about Canada TopoMap software sold by Magellan and Garmin for their respective GPS receivers?

    Does anyone have experience with this software?
    I have an eTrex Legend and Garmin Topo Canada software. Being able to download maps and upload tracks is so worth it. In October I downloaded an entire hunting management unit and tracked where I went for 10 days. When I got home I uploaded the tracks and could see where I went and where I should check next year. I haven't figured out how to annotate maps but I haven't really looked either.

    I use it to check out areas on the computer and you can print what's in the display window too.

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