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NEW BRMB Algonquin Park App – Your Offline Map & Guide for Algonquin Park

Interested in exploring one of Canada’s greatest treasures with the confidence of a good map that works deep in the backcountry? Then look no further! Backroad Mapbooks has just launched a new app specific to Algonquin Park and the surrounding area. Available for both IOS and Android users, the Algonquin Park Adventure Map app shows all the paddling routes, campsites, …

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Camping Alternatives in Ontario

If you think it seems impossible to get a campsite at an Ontario Provincial Park this year, you are not alone. With folks wanting to get out into nature due to COVID restrictions, parks are getting slammed with campers, many exploring this activity for the first time. Even the National Parks and Conservation Areas are booked up as well. What’s …

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Exploring Northwestern Ontario

Northwestern Ontario is a vast landscape, home to some of the most spectacular scenery in the entire province. While roads travel as far north as Pickle Lake, over 60% of Northwestern Ontario has no road access! Highway 11 and 17 make their way into Northwestern Ontario from the east, merging from Nipigon through to Thunder Bay. Separating at Thunder Bay, …

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BRMBMaps: Adding Photos and Reviews

As you plan an adventure, it’s always great if you can view photos of the actual location and read any reviews, positive or negative, as an aid in helping you make the most of your trip. Because Canada is so large and there are so many possible outdoor activities, BRMBMaps has an option for users to not only upload photos …

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Trip Planning with BRMB Maps Adventure Layers

With the most detailed maps of Canada, eleven different outdoor activities/adventures broken down into 99 separate layers, including overlays for Crown land in nine provinces and resource & recreation roads across Canada, BRMBmaps web and mobile apps make it easy to plan your next outdoor adventure. BRMB Adventures include Backroad Attractions, Fishing, Hunting, Paddling, Parks, Recsites, Trails, ATV (OHV), Snowmobile, …

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Canoeing Trips for Beginners

– Guest Post by John Rivers – It’s Time to Explore the Outdoors! With the weather cooling down and fall in full swing, it’s time to fit in one last paddle of the year. This fall, if you’re looking for something new to add to your outdoor adventure bucket list, consider canoeing! A wonderful way to connect with nature and explore …

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Camping Across Ontario without a Reservation

With summer in full swing, more and more Ontarians are heading outdoors with tents, canoes and fishing rods in tow to spend a few nights under the stars camping in the province’s beautiful backcountry. Ontario’s Provincial Park system offers many of the best opportunities for camping in the province and, understandably, these parks can fill up fast or have long …

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Wild Turkey Hunting Across Canada

While the Wild Turkey all but disappeared from Southern Ontario in 1909 after being eliminated by unregulated hunting, they were reintroduced to the region in 1984. 30 years after they were reintroduced, the population has grown to an extremely impressive 100,000.

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Top 11 Provincial Parks in Ontario and Manitoba

Ontario and Manitoba are home to an abundance of provincial parks that offer some of the region’s best outdoor adventure opportunities. From birding and wildlife viewing to fishing, hiking and canoe tripping and much more, there is an unforgettable park experience waiting for you. Take a look at the list below for a few suggestions of the best parks to …

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Twelve Fishing Hot Spots Across Ontario and Manitoba

The provinces of Ontario and Manitoba are well-known for their fishing. In the north, remote fly-in lakes hold monster fish that rarely see a lure. Big rivers cut across both provinces, offering amazing angling both in their main stems and in countless tributaries. There are hundreds of easy-access lakes in the south that will impress any angler, and the massive …

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A Day Trip Through Scout Valley

BY COLIN HUGHES – A beautiful Sunday, one of the first in a long time, had me looking at my Cottage Country Backroad Mapbook for a trail for my daughter and I to explore. We settled on Scout Valley near Orillia. Once through Orillia, we parked at the north trailhead off Old Barrie Road. Dropping into the forest, the canopy …

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Hitting the Trails at the High Lonesome Nature Reserve

  A great series of hiking trails with a micro-brewery close by for refreshment? It doesn’t get any better than that. And even the threat of rain couldn’t keep us from heading out to explore High Lonesome Nature Reserve, a short distance from the hamlet of Pakenham.   Donated to the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust in 2012, this 81 hectare …

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Exploring Ontario’s Egan Chutes

  As you walk along the sandy trail from the parking area, the calm York River gives no preview to what’s ahead. But the closer you get to the chutes, the more the sound of rushing water grows, assaulting your ears with its volume.   Egan Chutes is a non-operating Ontario Park and unless you know where you are heading, …

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Ten Must See Attractions in Ontario’s Cottage Country

  Because of its close proximity to large urban centres such as Toronto, Kingston, North Bay and Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Cottage Country destinations require less driving and feature some impressive day trip locations. Even though this part of Ontario is heavily populated, major expressways leading to winding backcountry roads allow explorers to quickly get away from the crowds and …

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Canadian Adventures to be Thankful For

Before you dive into that stuffed Thanksgiving turkey, it’s time to have a toast and give thanks to the incredible opportunities we have here in Canada. Not only are we a diverse, welcoming and peaceful country, but we are also home to some of the best adventures in the entire world. With over 9.9 million km2 (3.8 million mi2 ) of breathtaking …

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Awesome ATV Trails Across Ontario

The province of Ontario offers ATVers every type of adventure, from adrenaline-pumping backcountry rides over rugged, challenging terrain to leisurely sightseeing tours perfect for beginner riders. Many trails follow old logging roads and railroad beds, and some of the best riding areas often contain fishing and camping opportunities as well. To give you an overview of the province’s amazing ATVing …

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Backroad Mapbooks – Your Ultimate Trail Guide to Canada

On New Brunswick’s rugged Atlantic Coast, the Fundy Footpath charts a course through some of the last remaining coastal wilderness areas on the east side of the continent. In Nova Scotia’s Cape Breton Highlands National Park, terraced boardwalks lead to viewpoints over the winding coastline, with the Atlantic Ocean disappearing into the horizon beyond. In Ontario, trails lead to the …

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The Best Hunting in Canada From Coast to Coast

From the majestic moose to the elusive white-tailed deer, Canada is full of incredible hunting, with a unique opportunity found in every corner of the country. This year, we’re looking to cross off a few Canadian hunting adventures off our bucket list, and you can see what we have our sights set on in the following blog.

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CANADA’S BEST OFF-ROAD ADVENTURES

Canada is full of roads and trails that are perfect for off-roading, with world-class four-wheel drive terrain found from coast to coast. This year, why not cross a few must-do off-road routes off your bucket list? To get you started, we’ve put together the following list.

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Polar Bear Dips Across Canada

Although it may sound crazy, thousands of sound-minded Canadians choose to ring in the new year by taking a Polar Bear Dip on January 1st. Plunging into freezing waters from coast to coast, Polar Bear Dips are not only the most refreshing way to ring in the new year, they also raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Here is where to find a Polar Bear Dip near you.

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Winter Adventures Across Canada

The seasons are changing, but that does not mean we have to stay indoors. Backroad Mapbooks has you covered for all seasons with our industry-leading maps and detailed Adventure listings, including the very best in winter adventure across the country.

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The Best Guided Sledding Adventures Across Canada

With so much terrain to explore all across the country, planning your snowmobile adventure can be a daunting task – but hiring a professional snowmobile guide can take the stress out of your sledding, whether you are a first-timer looking for some pointers or an experienced rider searching for that hidden play area. To give you an idea of the …

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Snowmobile Lodging Across Canada

With snowmobiling season just around the corner, many of us are already planning our winter sledding getaways. And with a developed trail network stretching from coast to coast, there are plenty of options to choose from across Canada when deciding on a vacation destination. Finding a place to spend the night that is snowmobile-friendly, however, can at times be a …

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Canada’s Most Exciting Hunting Adventures

It’s no secret that Canada is full of amazing hunting opportunities. From the plentiful deer of the west coast to the legendary waterfowl of the prairies, the bears of the Ontario woods and the moose and caribou of Newfoundland, the hunt of a lifetime can be had no matter which part of the country you find yourself in. To celebrate …

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Northern Canada’s Most Exciting Hunts

Canada’s north is a sprawling, wild region where wild animals often outnumber humans outside of major communities. The area’s abundant animal population has been sustaining the Inuit people for thousands of years, with hunting playing an integral role in their day-to-day lives. Animals such as polar bear, caribou and muskoxen are emblematic of the Northern territories, and for visiting hunters …

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Get set for Ontario Hunting Season!

The hunting season is upon us, and Backroad Mapbooks offers a wide range of products to make sure you have the most productive hunting season possible. With Backroad GPS Maps, Waterproof Maps and our classic Mapbooks, you won’t find a better hunting buddy than a Backroad Mapbooks product, no matter if you are looking for bear, deer, moose, waterfowl or hare.

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Announcing the Latest Edition of our Northeastern Ontario Backroad Mapbook!

From the lush boreal forest to the sparkling shores of the Great Lakes and the vast wilderness of the far north, Northeastern Ontario is an incredible destination for outdoor explorers. To help you make the most of this sprawling region, we have updated and expanded our Northeastern Ontario Backroad Mapbook and are releasing the popular recreation Mapbook’s 5th Edition. To learn about everything we have packed into this latest edition, check out the blog below.

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Canada’s Parks Day 2018

Each year millions of people from Canada and around the world head out to our incredible backcountry to enjoy our 39 breathtaking National Parks. With over 330,000 km2 (127,000 mi2) of land protected within our national park system, representing 30 distinct natural regions in every province and territory, these parks are a bottomless source of outdoor adventure.   This Saturday, …

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BRMB’s Top 10 Picks: Hiking Trails in Eastern Canada

Your browser does not support the video tag.   From the lakeside lookouts, lush forests and Canadian Shield rock of Ontario to the panoramic ridges of Quebec and the rugged coast of the Maritimes, Eastern Canada offers an incredibly diverse landscape for hikers to explore. And while the eastern half of the country is full of trails, choosing the right …

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Welcoming Spring With an Algonquin Park Camping Trip

Story and photos by Colin Hughes As I stood in the shade of a hundred foot tall rock wall, watching rushing water cascade down a boulder-strewn streambed, I thought “is this the best trail in Algonquin Park?”     The park is a wondrous outdoor adventure destination any time of the year, but each spring, I try to get out …

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BRMB’s Fishing Mapbooks

Here at Backroad Mapbooks, we love all sorts of outdoor adventure. From hiking to ATVing, skiing, camping and beyond… we do it all! But we have to admit, there is one activity that holds a special place in our hearts. When you mention fishing to a member of the BRMB team, all other adventure plans have to take a backseat. …

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Winter Wildlife Viewing Across Canada

Winter has a varied effect on Canada’s furry and feathered residents. While some animals, such as bears, prefer to sleep it out and skip the season entirely, others, such as foxes and lynx thrive in the snowy wilderness. Birds, including owls and eagles, can be found throughout the country despite the cold, as can small mammals like otters and martens. …

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Canadian Bucket List Adventures

Canada is full of one-of-a-kind adventures from coast to coast. No matter which type of adventurer you are, there are some places that you just have to see. To fill you in on a few of them, here is our list of Canadian bucket list adventures.

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Celebrating Canada’s Veterans

At Backroad Mapbooks, we are immensely grateful for the freedom to go out and explore our beautiful outdoors. With this in mind, we have put together a list of some of Canada’s most spectacular and lesser known monuments to our esteemed veterans.

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Reel Your Kids into Fishing with Canada’s Learn to Fish Programs

Get you and your kids hooked on fishing during license-free fishing weekends in various provinces across Canada. Although rules and regulations do still apply on these special weekends, you and your family will have the chance to learn a new skill while also enjoying some memorable time together! See the full schedule to see when your province is celebrating license-free fishing days!

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The Wild Turkeys of Southern Ontario

The wild turkey disappeared from Southern Ontario in 1909, eliminated after 60 years of concentrated, unregulated hunting and displaced from their habitat by emerging farms and infrastructure. But as time went by and science progressed, The Eastern Wild Turkey was reintroduced to the region in 1984. Previous to this, there were several unsuccessful attempts to introduce wild turkeys raised in captivity to the region, only to eventually lose them to predators like hawks, racoons and coyotes.

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Top 8 Family Friendly Hikes in Canada

Many families live hectic lives, with working parents and kids involved in more than one activity, and rarely get a chance to even sit down for a meal together let alone spend the day. Luckily many provinces in Canada have set aside a Family Day, one statuatory holiday a year that you are guaranteed time to spend with the whole …

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Winter Hunting Across Canada

Most hunters know that the winter season offers some incredible opportunities all across Canada, despite the cold weather. We have put together a list of the top species to target this winter, along with some tips and tricks to make the most of your winter hunting adventure!

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Top 10 FREE Camping Spots in Ontario

Labour day is just around the corner and many Ontarians are gearing up to get out camping and squeeze every last drop out of Summer. But with paid campsites heavily booked in advance, it’s getting harder than ever to find that perfect campsite.

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