Backroad Mapbooks is pleased to announce that our industry-leading topographic maps for Canada are now available on the Backcountry Navigator XE and Gaia GPS apps. These user-friendly, versatile map applications are trusted by hundreds of thousands of outdoor explorers and turn your phone into a complete outdoor topo mapping GPS device, featuring handy tools such as trip tracking and waypoint marking.


The benefit of these Dynamic mobile maps over our Static mobile maps is that you can view our entire Canada-wide base map, allowing for seamless navigation from coast to coast. In contrast, Static mobile maps require the purchasing of individual maps or Mapbook bundles equivalent to our printed Mapbooks.


With the addition of Backroad Mapbooks’ finely detailed maps, Backcountry Navigator XE and Gaia GPS are the perfect navigational tool for hikers, off-road enthusiasts, ATVers, hunters, mountain bikers and equestrians. Here are a few of the features that you will find on your Backroad Mapbooks maps while using these apps:


Canada-wide Coverage

The Backroad Mapbooks digital map layer is available for purchase as part of the Backcountry Navigator XE Gold Membership and as part of the Gaia GPS Premium Membership, and covers the entire country from coast to coast, including the northern territories. From the rugged coast of Newfoundland to the Haida Gwaii rainforest, you can enjoy seamless map coverage and the most detailed and current topographic data possible.


GAIA Canada Wide
Backcountry Navigator XE Canada Wide

Easy-to-Read Topographic Relief and Shading

The Backroad Mapbooks map layer overlays our award-winning maps onto your Backroad Navigator XE or Gaia GPS display, providing you with the topographic relief, contours and shading that help make our maps so popular. You will also see familiar map details like named mountain peaks, provincial park boundaries, roadways and much more.


Industry-leading hillshading gives you the clearest and most accurate representations of Canada’s topography available on any mobile map.


GAIA Contours
Backcountry Navigator XE Contours


More Roads Than Any Other Map

These dynamic mobile maps provide you with an unprecedented level of road detail. In addition to highways, secondary highways and rural roads we show you thousands of logging and resource roads, recreation roads, unclassified roads and even deactivated roads. No other mobile map provides you with this level of road coverage.


Gaia GPS Roads
Backcountry Navigator XE Roads


Lake Bathymetry

Unique to the Backroad Mapbooks base map is the addition of lake bathymetry (depth contours) for Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta, BC and Yukon. This added feature is especially useful for anglers, allowing you to target the deep pools or shallows as the fishing conditions require.


Gaia GPS Depth Contours
Backcountry Navigator XE Depth Contours


Full GPS Capabilities

More than just a set of digital maps, these dynamic mobile maps use your phone’s GPS locator to pinpoint your exact location. You can then track your movements and drop waypoints, then share this information with friends once you are in cell or data range. Backcountry Navigator XE and Gaia GPS turn your phone into a fully-functioning GPS device ideal for hiking, hunting, ATVing, mountain biking and more.


Gaia GPS Tracking
Backcountry Navigator XE GPS Tracking


You can discover all of these features and more by purchasing Gaia GPS (iOS or Android) or Backcountry Navigator XE (Android only). We’re confident that the Backroad Mapbooks base map will help you explore the backcountry with ease and accuracy!


Download a copy of the Legend Here