Backroad GPS Versions Changes

 

Version 5.0 (BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, NB, NS & AC)

Release Date November, 2014

 

British Columbia – VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive resource data updates including industry routable roads and oil and gas facility points-of-interest, we have added a wealth of multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, water features, hunting wildlife management units and more!

  • NOW INCLUDES Oilfield Pipeline right of way corridors
  • NEW! Oil and Gas Resource and Well-sites polygon
  • NEW! Resource POI locations for Gas Plants, Battery sites, Compressor, Disposal facilities, Refineries and more
  • Updated Route Road Freeways and Highways
  • Ferry Routes optimized for routing
  • Over 2,700 kms of NEW multi-use Trails
  • New & Updated Snowmobile Trails added
  • Close to 3,000 Km’s of newly discovered of ATV/OHV trails
  • 3,500 additional kms of Paddling routes
  • NEW Water POI features added including Rapids, Rocks and Waterfalls.
  • Newly added Backcountry Huts throughout the region
  • Hundreds of thousands of Kms of Pipelines & cutlines
  • NEW geocaching locations including 20 Backroad Mapbook Geocache tour locations and 244 Gold Country region Geocache locations

 

 

Alberta – VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive resource data updates including industry routable roads and oil and gas facility points-of-interest, we have added a wealth of multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, paddling routes, portages, winter access roads and more!

  • NEW! Oilfield Pipeline right-of-way corridors
  • Updated Reservoir and River sections
  • NEW! Over 60,000 km of Industry and Resource routable roads including Oilfield winter access roads
  • MORE! Resource and Oilfield road labels including private and leased roads
  • Up-to-date Urban Street Roads available including residential and Highways
  • NEW! Resource Kilometer posting
  • 1,400 km of newly discovered multi-use Trails added
  • Over 400 km of ADDITIONAL Snowmobile Trails
  • Over 800 km of NEW ATV/OHV trails
  • ADDITIONAL 800 km of Paddling routes & updated Portage trails
  • NEW! Hundreds of thousands of kilometers of Oilfield Pipeline corridors
  • NEW! Resource POI locations for Gas Plants, Battery sites, Compressor and Disposal facilities
  • Added Water POI features including Rapids, Rocks and Waterfalls

 

 

Saskatchewan – VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive resource data updates including industry routable roads and oil and gas facility points-of-interest, we have added a wealth of multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, water features, hunting wildlife management zones and more!

  • NEW! Extensive oil & gas data including compressor stations, gas plants, battery sites, etc.
  • Newly discovered multi-use trails
  • New & updated ATV/OHV trails
  • Updated snowmobile trails, including provincial and community connectors
  • New and updated water features!
  • Updated road names, geometry
  • Updated backcountry and winter roads
  • Updated railway lines, with the addition of stations and operators!
  • NEW park boundaries and parks
  • Up-to-date hunting Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ)
  • Updated POI, including trailheads, campgrounds, attractions, boat launches, shelters, hunting points, and more!

 

 

Manitoba – VERSION 5.0

In addition to significant road and snowmobile trail updates, we have also updated the water and hunting features along with many trails, paddling routes and recreation points-of-interest additions

  • Updated roads including names, road geometry and classification, and added unclassified roads and winter road updates
  • NEW! added operator and railway stations, as well as updated railway lines
  • New & updated water features such as rapids, rocks and waterfalls
  • Additional hunting information to over 60 Game Hunting Areas (GHA)
  • Newly discovered! multi-use trails around Winnipeg and in the backcountry
  • Over 2,500 km of ADDITIONAL paddling routes and portage trails
  • 600 km of NEWLY ADDED snowmobiling trails, additional route names, as well as extensive snowmobile trail updates
  • Numerous new & updated Points-of-Interest

 

 

Candian Praries– VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive resource data updates including industry routable roads and oil and gas facility points-of-interest for Alberta and Saskatchewan, we have added a wealth of multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, paddling routes, portages, winter access roads and more for all the Canadian Prairies provinces!

  • NEW! Oilfield Pipeline right-of-way corridors
  • Updated Reservoir and River sections
  • NEW! Tens of thousands of kms of Industry and Resource routable roads including Oilfield winter access roads
  • MORE! Resource and Oilfield road labels including private and leased roads
  • Up-to-date Urban Street Roads available including residential and Highways
  • NEW! Resource Kilometer posting
  • Thousands of kms of newly discovered multi-use Trails added
  • Thousands of km of ADDITIONAL Snowmobile Trails
  • Thousands of km of NEW ATV/OHV trails
  • ADDITIONAL Paddling routes & updated Portage trails
  • NEW! Hundreds of thousands of kilometers of Oilfield Pipeline corridors
  • NEW! Resource POI locations for Gas Plants, Battery sites, Compressor and Disposal facilities
  • Added Water POI features including Rapids, Rocks and Waterfalls

 

 

Ontario – VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive backcountry road & trail system updates, the Ontario Backroad GPS Maps now features MORE fishing lakes, motorized and multi-use trailheads as well as backcountry campsites locations. Also included are the Ontario fish management zone boundaries and countless park and basemap updates!

  • 725 km of newly discovered multi-use trails
  • 750 km of new ATV/OHV trails PLUS route names
  • New and updated Paddling Routes in addition to portage trails & Backcountry Canoe Camps !
  • New and updated water features, with nearly 150 lighthouse & hydrologic navigation aids!
  • Updated road names, geometry and classes PLUS backroads and winter roads!
  • Updated railway lines, passenger stations, and operators!
  • New municipal park boundaries and parks
  • Updated Hamilton Building Footprints
  • NEW! Ontario Fish Management Zones
  • Updated lake and river sections
  • ADDITIONAL water features include Rapids, Rocks and Waterfalls.
  • NEW! close to 150 Lighthouse and Hydrologic Navigation Aids

 

 

New Brunswick – VERSION 5.0

In addition to extensive resource data updates including industry routable roads, we have added a wealth of new points of intrest, multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, crown land areas, water features and more!

  • Reservoirs and rivers expanded PLUS oilfield pipeline right-of-way corridors
  • Newly discovered trails
  • New and updated ATV/OHV trails
  • New and updated water features!
  • NEW! Ferry system routing + updated ferry routes
  • NOW INCLUDING Crown Land areas
  • Updated POI, including trailheads, campgrounds, attractions, boat launches, shelters, hunting points, and more.
  • NEW road updates and labels, including resource class roads & gate POI!

 

 

Nova Scotia – VERSION 5.0

In addition to backcountry road and trail system updates, we have added a wealth of new points-of-interest, multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, conservation areas, paddling routes, water features and more!

  • Newly discovered trails
  • New ATV/OHV trails
  • New and updated water features, including on PEI!
  • Added paddling routes in New Brunswick
  • NEW! Ferry system routing + updated ferry routes in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
  • Conservation areas updated
  • Updated POI, including trailheads, campgrounds, attractions, boat launches, shelters, hunting points, and more!

 

 

Atlantic Canada – VERSION 5.0

In addition to numerous road and trail system updates, new points-of-interest, multi-use and ATV/OHV trails, conservation areas, paddling routes, and more, Version 5 now includes Newfoundland and Labrador!

  • NEW! Includes all of Newfoundland & Labrador
  • NEW! Ferry system routing + updated ferry routes
  • Now including Crown Land areas in New Brunswick
  • Updated water polygon geometry and attribution
  • Updated New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and PEI Route Roads
  • Updated & newly discovered multi-use Trails
  • Updated & ADDITIONAL ATV/OHV Trails
  • Updated Road Systems including road names, geometry and classification
  • New & Updated Paddling routes including Spednic Lake Protected Area
  • New & Updated Points-of-Interest including Trails, Shelters, Camping

 

 

Version 4.0 (BC, AB, ON, MB, Atlantic Canada)

Release Date September 16th, 2013

 

Backroad GPS Maps – VERSION 4.0


What is New:

  • New 3D View GARMIN functionality (applicable for Garmin units with 3D View capability and in GARMIN Basecamp).
  • Improved road levelling, contours and points of interest showing more details sooner.
  • New Detailed Shaded Relief for all of Canada. (A great tool for viewing elevations as well as changes in geography/lay of the land).
  • Elevation profiles for GPS tracks and trip planning.
  • Enhanced contour display.
  • Faster, more accurate guidance and trip planning now with “Via” Routing.
  • Route Profile view on Garmin MapSource.
  • Install multiple Backroad GPS Map products on Garmin Basecamp.
  • Ability to transfer multiple maps to GPS unit (DVD customers only).
  • The latest Contour and Elevation information including: Summits, Peaks and Geographic Points.
  • Updated Cartography for: Cities, Parks, Conservation Areas, Trails, Contours, Waterfalls, Rapids, Intermittent Water and Wetlands

 

British Columbia – VERSION 4.0

Over 10,000 km of new trails and paddling routes along with enhanced recreation points of interest for the north! Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Updated Route Roads
  • Updated Non Route Roads


Trails:

  • Updated Multi-use Trails – added 3,000 km
  • Updated ATV/Motorized Trails – added 1,000 km
  • Updated Snowmobile Trails – added 1,400 km
  • Updated Paddling Routes – added 5,000 km


General:

  • Updated BC Points of Interest locations
  • Updated POI for Trails (ATV, snowmobile & multi-use)

 

 

Alberta – VERSION 4.0

Over 26,000 km of new roads routes, enhanced recreation points of interest and searchable street names! Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • New Searchable Street Names feature.
  • Updated Route Roads – added 608 km
  • Updated Non Route Roads – added 26,159 km


Trails:

  • Updated Multi-use Trails – added 68 km
  • Updated OHV/ATV Trails – added 69 km


General:

  • Updated Alberta Points of Interest locations
  • Updated POI for Trails (ATV, snowmobile & multi-use)

 

 

Ontario – VERSION 4.0

Over 6,000 km of new trails, 2,500 km of additional roads, 1,400 recreational points of interest and searchable street addresses! Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • New Searchable Street Addresses feature.
  • Updated Route Roads
  • Updated Non Route Roads – added 2,500 km


Trails:

  • Updated Multi-use Trails – added 1,300 km
  • Updated ATV/Motorized Trails – added 1,100 km
  • Updated Snowmobile Trails – added 15,000km


General:

  • Updated Ontario Points of Interest locations – over 1,400 points
  • Updated POI for Trails (ATV, snowmobile & multi-use)

 

 

Manitoba – VERSION 4.0

Over 15,000 km of snowmobile trails routes, enhanced recreation points of interest and searchable street names! Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • New Searchable Street Names feature.
  • Updated Route Roads
  • Updated Non Route Roads


Trails:

  • Updated Multi-use Trails
  • Updated OHV/ATV Trails
  • Updated Snowmobile Trails – added 15,000 km


General:

  • Updated Manitoba Points of Interest locations
  • Updated POI for Trails (ATV, snowmobile & multi-use)

 

 

Atlantic Canada – VERSION 4.0

Updated Nova Scotia Trails and New Brunswick Road Network along with enhanced recreation points of interest! Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Enhanced Searchable Street Addresses feature for Nova Scotia.
  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points Route Roads
  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points Non Route Roads


Trails:

  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points Multi-use Trails
  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points ATV/Motorized Trails
  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points Snowmobile Trails


General:

  • Updated Nova Scotia & New Brunswick Points of Interest locations
  • Updated POI for Trails (ATV, snowmobile & multi-use)

 

 

Version 3.0 (BC, AB, ON, MB)

Released April 9th, 2012

 

British Columbia v3.0

Version 3.0 of the BC Backroad GPS Maps features over 55,000 km of additional roads, over 5,000 km of new trails, improved contours and several other improvements. Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Added 63,330 km of non-route roads…mostly unclassified/old road systems
  • Updated Sea-To-Sky Highway (road improvements)


Trails:

  • Multi-use Trails – 1,755 km added
  • Motorized Trails – 1,205 km added
  • ATV Trails – 1,120 km added
  • Snowmobile Trails – 990 km added


General:

  • Added water names to coastal regions
  • Added/Updated Restricted Areas
  • Improved colouring for snowmobile restricted areas
  • Improved colouring for buildings, cities, runways, Indian Reserves
  • Refine trail line styles to draw better on computer and handheld units
  • Updated Contours
  • Updated Points of Interest

 

 

Alberta v3.0

Version 3.0 of the Alberta Backroad GPS Maps features better industrial and city road information, more multi-use and motorized trails, improved contours and several other improvements. Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Updated city and street roads
  • Upgraded resource roads for the north
  • More roads than any other recreational map source out there (including Bush Map, Ibycus Topo Maps and Topo Canada)


Trails:

  • Added over 400 km of motorized and snowmobile trails
  • Updated and added to the multi-use trails including refining the Calgary Area trails


General:

  • Improved colouring for FLUZ & restricted areas
  • Improved colouring for buildings, cities, runways, Indian Reserves
  • Refine trail line styles to draw better on computer and handheld units
  • Updated Contours
  • Updated Points of Interest

 

 

Ontario v3.0

Version 3.0 of the Ontario Backroad GPS Maps now offers a higher level of routing with one-way information as well as searchable addresses and intersections. This major upgrade also features significant new road, trail and other information. Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Added one-way information to improve highway and city routing
  • Added searchable address and intersection information for computer maps and on GPS unit
  • Over 3,000 km of new routable and non-route roads


Trails:

  • Added over 130 km of new multi-use trails including Ottawa city trails
  • Updated Paddling Route information


General:

  • Addition of map tiles for the Great Lakes & Hudson Bay
  • Improved colouring for Crown land (private/restricted areas)
  • Improved colouring for buildings, cities, runways, First Nations
  • Refine trail line styles to draw better on computer and handheld units
  • Updated Points of Interest

 

 

Manitoba v3.0

Version 3.0 of the Manitoba Backroad GPS Maps features significantly more trail information, including multi-use, motorized and snowmobile trails, along with improved road information and several other improvements. Listed below are the details:

Roads:

  • Updated city and street roads
  • Upgraded resource roads for the north


Trails:

  • Multi-use Trails – 175 km new
  • Motorized Trails – 930 km new
  • Snowmobile Trails – 890 km new


General:

  • Improved colouring for restricted areas
  • Improved colouring for buildings, cities, runways, Indian Reserves
  • Refine trail line styles to draw better on computer and handheld units
  • Updated Points of Interest

 

 

Version 2.2 (BC, AB, ON only)

Released September 25, 2011


  • Improved routing yielding more intelligent routes
  • Route calculation is quicker
  • Fixed gaps in seemless maps to help connectivity issues between problem tiles
  • Refined installer package

 

 

Version 2.1 (BC, AB, ON only)

Released July 30, 2011


  • Improved routing over long distances
  • Creeks, trails, roads etc. text is now properly displayed on older Garmin GPS models (Map 60CSX, Map 76CSX, Etrex, Astro, Rhino 500, etc.)
  • Display colour contrast improvements for these older Garmin GPS models
  • Optimized display of road names and highway symbols
  • Improved unclassified roads, pipelines, etc. visibility level in Mapsource and Basecamp
  • Addressed contour display including labeling and viewing levels as well as instances of contours showing above water
  • Improved tile redraw speed
  • Fixed gaps in seemless maps as seen in Mapsource and Basecamp
  • Addressed issues where certain points were being symbolized incorrectly
  • Refined installer package

 

 

Version 2.0 (BC, AB, ON only)

Released May 30, 2011


  • Easier to see Backroads
  • Improved logging road routing
  • More named logging and Backroads
  • Better road differentiation between Main FSR and Secondary Roads
  • Thousands of new or updated trails and trailhead POI's
  • Tens of thousands new geographic feature names - search by water or land feature
  • Searchable cities, towns and rail stops
  • Many more parks, including urban parks
  • Added buildings, city areas, airports, cemeteries and other urban land features
  • Updated city and rural roads
  • Optimized zoom levels for better viewing of POI's, major parks, lakes and road systems
  • Added restricted use areas (for BC snowmobile)
  • Searchable and smart background Wildlife Management Units
  • Thinner contour lines so logging roads and trails are easier to see
  • Improved BasecampTM, MapSourceTM and RoadTripTM searching including adding Backroad Symbols and POI's
  • Dramatically expanded Custom POI categories