Frequently Asked Questions –FAQs
You can navigate via our Quick Links or click on the FAQ questions below to see the answers. Hopefully this helps. We always welcome any other questions or comments as well as updates.
1) What is a Backroad Mapbook?
The Backroad Mapbook is a guidebook that combines detailed topographic maps covering an entire area or region with a series of listings describing all the various recreational activities in the area. Whether you are fishing or hunting, hiking or ATVing, camping or exploring the backroads, we provide all the information you need to travel safely and confidently into the outdoors.
2) Why would I trust a Backroad Mapbook map as opposed to another mapbook or map product?
We are the map source for search and rescue, emergency response, fire suppression teams, loggers and oil & gas personnel. If they trust us, so should you.
3) What is the difference between a Backroad Mapbook map and a government topographic map, Google maps or other road atlases?
We focus on providing the most up to date and accurate road and recreation maps available in Canada. Unlike topographic maps, we regularly update the maps and add things like road names, named recreation features, defined trails (multi-use vs. motorized) and even wildlife management areas.
Unlike Google or other internet based maps and other road atlases we extend our value added features well beyond the rural roads and into the backcountry. We also show all the various logging/bush road networks as well as trails and recreational activities not shown on other map sources. Further, our writing and reference information provides insights no other map can claim.
4) If I drive a car or RV as opposed to a four wheel drive vehicle will your maps be of assistance?
Yes! We show and classify all roads allowing you to stay on the main route or venture off road if you prefer. Our paved road networks are shown in colour, while the logging/industrial roads start out as thick black lines (for main roads) before petering out into thin lines or even dashed lines that may or may not be driven at all. Simply stick to the paved roads or main logging/industry roads if you are in a car or RV and you will find some truly wonderful sites not shown on other maps.
5) What sort of outdoor activities are covered in the Backroad Mapbooks?
Our books are designed to be used by anyone interested in getting outdoors. Whether you are looking to visit the local park or find that hidden wilderness retreat, you will find a destination that suits your needs in our books. We cross-reference the maps with the writing to highlight backroad attractions, fishing and hunting, parks and camping, paddling or canoeing, multi-use trails and motorized trails (hiking, biking, ATVing, etc.), wildlife viewing and winter recreation (cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, etc.) and more.
6) How up to date are the Backroad Mapbooks?
Generally, our mapbooks are updated every three years to ensure the information is as current as possible. This may sound like a standard answer of any mapping company, but you can be assured that when we do update the books everything is reviewed. We pride ourselves on being the most up to date source available to explore Canada.
7) Where do you get the information found in theBackroad Mapbooks?
In addition to hiring local researcher/writers, we consult a wide range of sources. From forestry/mining/oil & gas companies to government sources, from clubs and organizations to tourism we leave no rock unturned.
It should also be noted that we rely heavily on readers to help us update and improve the maps and writing. Please continue to provide feedback and updates and be sure to take advantage of our update contests!
8) Where can I buy the books in stores?
Our books are found in a wide range of locations that range from fishing and outdoor stores to bookstores and big box locations. Although we encourage you to visit your local outdoor store to pick up the books (you can try our dealer locator search for a store near you), they can also be found at Canadian Tire, Chapters/Indigo Bookstores, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Wal-Mart, Wholesale Sports and other big national chain stores.
9) What are the PDF versions of the mapbooks?
Our PDF books are digital files that can be viewed on a variety of devices (computer, tablets, iPad, iPhones, smart phones, and so on). You get the full mapbook (introduction, maps, recreation information, etc.) and can search the content. You can also zoom in and out easily allowing for easier reading, but you cannot print the pages.
Note: You will need to unzip the file before transferring the PDF file to any device that you want to read it on. The best way to get the PDF version on your iPhone or iPad is by using iTunes. Drop the PDF book into the book's category through your computer and then synch your device.
10) Where do I find the Backroad PDF book I just purchased?
Once your purchase has been successful and you are back in our online store, you can download the file by the "download" link provided. The link can also be found if you need to log back into your account. Click to "view" the order containing the PDF book and click "Download". You can attempt 3 downloads, before the link expires.
11) Can I just buy an individual map as opposed to the whole book?
Yes, we offer a few options for individual maps. The most popular are our printed TOPO Maps, that are basically enlarged Backroad Mapbook maps at a better, easier to read scale. We also offer Digital TOPO Maps that come in a variety of file extensions allowing you to view them in various mapping software's or applications. See our Backroad TOPO Maps section of the website for more information on these options.
12) Are the books and maps copyrighted?
The writing and maps are protected by copyright. No reproduction in whole or in part is allowed without the expressed written consent of the publisher. Yes, that even includes scanning or photocopying the pages and/or posting the maps on the internet. If you ask, we are generally supportive of noncommercial reproduction.
13) How long have the Backroad Mapbooks been around?
We published our first mapbook in 1993 and have steadily grown our coverage across Canada. Over the last 20 or so years we have built a pretty impressive road, trail and recreation dataset. Most of these features are not found on other maps…not on Google, not on Government topographic maps and not on other free internet based maps.
14) How come there is no Backroad Mapbook for our area?
We hope to map all of Canada and perhaps venture into the northern United States. However, we need your help! Not only are these very time consuming and expensive mapbooks to make, we also need the support of local retailers and tourism to ensure they are received successfully. If you think a Backroad Mapbook is long overdue for your area, please spread the word and be sure to let us know what interest is out there. We would love to explore the possibility of expanding to your area!