Backroad Mapbooks is pleased to announce that our industry-leading recreation maps for BC and Ontario are now available through the ViewRanger app! This user-friendly, versatile map app is trusted by outdoor explorers from around the world and turns your phone into a fully-functioning GPS device, jam-packed with features such as trip tracking and sharing.


Available for Apple iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as Apple Watch and Wear OS, the ViewRanger app will lead you through the backcountry with confidence, no matter if you are travelling by foot, four-wheel drive, horseback, mountain bike, ATV, snowmobile, cross-country ski or snowshoe.


ViewRanger App Features


Full Range of Backroad Mapbooks Recreation Maps

After you download the ViewRanger app for free from iTunes or Google Play, you will have the option to purchase any of our BC & Ontario Recreation Maps for $9.99 USD each. This includes Bulkley-Nechako, Prince George and Mackenzie, Squamish, Chilliwack and Merritt, Haida Gwaii, Kamloops and Interlakes, Okanagan Valley and Shuswap, Northeastern BC, Vancouver Island North, Vancouver Island South, and West Kootenay for BC along with Algonquin Provincial Park and Bancroft District for Ontario. Once you have the mobile maps loaded onto your device, you can use all of the handy features listed below.




Recreational Trails and Points of Interest

These mobile recreation maps are jam-packed with outdoor adventure information including trails for hikers, mountain bikers and ATVers, plus paddling routes for canoers and kayakers complete with put-ins, take-outs and portages. We show you tons of recreational Points of Interest including boat launches, backcountry and frontcountry campsites, waterfalls, fishing holes, beaches, viewpoints, picnic sites, cabins and more.




GPS Locator

After you have loaded the desired mobile map, ViewRanger will use your device’s GPS locator to pinpoint your location on the map. This means that you will have all the cartographic detail of a Backroad Mapbooks Recreation Map directly on your phone or tablet with the added bonus of knowing exactly where you are located on it. Best of all, these maps can be downloaded for offline use and are fully functional outside of cell and data service.




Droppable Waypoints

Want to mark a point on the map to indicate a landmark or stop of interest? Maybe you’ve stumbled upon a breathtaking viewpoint while hiking, or have found that perfect blind while scouting a deer hunting area? You can easily drop a waypoint anywhere on the map with the tap of a finger and save it for future reference.





Recordable GPS Tracks

An easy-to-use record option lets you track your movements in the backcountry, overlaying the track on top of our Backroad Mapbooks map. This tool also lets you view stats like elevation gain, distance travelled and time elapsed. Once you are back in network range, you can send your tracks to a friend to share your adventure.




View Live Stats

While you are out on your adventure, you can easily view trip stats including speed, average speed, trip time, trip distance, bearing, elevation, total ascent, time moving and more. ViewRanger even tells you when the sun sets and rises, along with the exact moment of solar noon.




Discover Routes

In addition to the trails and recreational POIs provided with the Backroad Mapbooks Recreation Maps, ViewRanger maintains its own user-submitted database of hiking routes. Easily find a route in your area of choice with the click of a button.





Skyline is an augmented reality tool included in the premium version of ViewRanger that allows you to pan the landscape with your phone and identify mountain peaks, towns, lakes, cliffs and glaciers – Skyline identifies over 9 million points within a range of up to 32 km (20 mi).






Get the ViewRanger app now!

With all of these features and more, plus the unparalleled cartographic detail of our Recreation Maps, it's easy to see why ViewRanger is becoming one of the most popular navigation apps available on the market. So why wait? Get BRMB's Recreation Maps on your phone or tablet today with ViewRanger!



Do you have a question about the app? Leave a comment below, or share your app-powered adventures with us on Instagram using #brmblife for the chance to be featured on our feed and win prizes.