Since our humble beginnings in the early 1990s producing a single Mapbook for Southwestern BC, Backroad Mapbooks has steadily grown and evolved to chart new territory and expand our line of products. We now cover Canada from coast to coast (to coast, with our new Northern Canada maps) and offer a wide range of products, from our classic Backroad Mapbooks to foldable waterproof maps, custom TOPO maps and mobile maps for smartphones and tablets.


One product of ours that is especially popular among outdoor explorers is our GPS Maps. These Garmin-compatible maps put all the cartographic and adventure information of multiple Mapbooks right in the palm of your hand. Easily installed on your Garmin GPS Unit, BRMB’s GPS Maps offer handy features such as routable roads, an advanced search function, GPS tracking, waypoint marking and more.


Not only do our GPS Maps lead the industry in topographic detail, with 3D views and easy-to-read contours and shading, but they are updated yearly, providing you with the most current cartographic and recreation information available on the market. Out latest Version 2019 Maps are currently available for every province and all three territories, and contain numerous expansions from our previous edition. To give you a better idea of what our Version 2019 GPS Maps have to offer, here is a brief overview:


Expanded Road Coverage

Backroad Mapbooks is well known for showing you all the roads that get left off other maps, from forest service roads to industry roads, rural roads, deactivated roads and unclassified roads. For the Version 2019 GPS Maps we have greatly expanded our road coverage by adding 34,000 km (21,000 mi) of backroads to our Ontario Maps and enhanced and named an additional 25,000 km (15,500 mi) of forest service roads to our British Columbia Maps. Most other provinces and territories have also undergone enhancement and refinement of their road system, so you can count on our GPS Maps to provide you with the most up-to-date and comprehensive road coverage on the market!




Updated First Nations Lands

In your Version 2019 GPS Maps you will find First Nations reservations have been added for all provinces and territories, with almost 3,150 reservations now featured. This is crucial information for all types of outdoor recreationists including hunters, fishers, hikers and campers, since different rules and regulations apply to First Nations land than to the rest of the country. Our latest GPS Maps provide you with the most comprehensive First Nations land coverage ever compiled!




Improved Trail Style

Brand new to Version 2019 GPS Maps is an improved Snowmobile route line style, allowing for easier viewing of snowmobile trails and the roads or trails that share the same area. Of course, you can also count on our industry-leading coverage for all other types of trails including ATV, hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Notable additions to our Version 2019 GPS Maps include over 4,450 km (2,765 mi) of new motorized trails for British Columbia, over 2,800 km (1,740 mi) of new motorized trails for Alberta, close to 1,000 km (620 mi) of new paddling routes for Saskatchewan, close to 4,000 km (2,485 mi) of new paddling routes for Ontario and over 600 km (370 mi) of new paddling routes for Nova Scotia.




More Detailed Railroad Coverage

In our latest GPS Maps you will find the addition of thousands of mile markers to railway corridors across the country. Since many of these corridors now serve as recreational trails, this greatly improves the navigation experience for hikers, ATVers, snowmobilers, cyclists and cross-country skiers.




Compatible with Latest Garmin Technology

BRMB’s Garmin-licensed GPS Maps are available on the latest and greatest Garmin GPS devices, including the brand new 66i. This unit utilizes inReach technology, allowing you to send and receive messages, navigate your route, track and share your journey and, if necessary, trigger an SOS for emergency help from a 24/7 global monitoring center.


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Thousands of Points of Interest

The Backroad Mapbooks team has worked tirelessly to catalogue thousands of additional Points of Interest, from waterfalls on Vancouver Island to lighthouses in Nova Scotia. Our Version 2019 GPS Maps are jam packed with recreation sites, boat launches, scenic viewpoints and more, and most are supplemented with detailed descriptions created by our team of outdoor writers and researchers. With so many options, your biggest challenge will be deciding where to visit first.




Industry Leading Cartographic Detail

Of course, you can count on BRMB’s GPS Maps to bring you the industry benchmark for cartographic detail, with easy-to-read shading and topographic relief, clearly defined area boundaries for parks and Crown land, countless natural features such as creeks, wetlands, mountain peaks and more, thousands of recreational Points of Interest, lake bathymetry (depth charts) for many provinces and much, much more. No other map provides you with this level of detail.





With 16 GPS products covering the entire country, it would be impossible to list all of the updates in a single blog post. Suffice it to say that these maps contain a LOT of recreation information. To get a handle on the full scope of the product, you may just have to try one out for yourself. Our GPS Maps can be found online or at an official Backroad Mapbooks retailer near you.