Frequently Asked Questions –FAQs
Backroad Recreationl Maps
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1) What are the Backroad Recreation Maps?
The Backroad Recreation Maps are an explorer's map to popular areas of Canada. Featuring all the great recreation and topographic information as the Backroad Mapbook maps, they combine the individual maps into a larger map at a better scale. In addition to being easier to read and see larger areas, we also add unique things like fish species and local service providers.
2) What is the benefit of a Backroad Recreation Map over the Backroad Mapbook or another map product?
The Backroad Recreation Maps cover smaller areas at a better scale and a lower retail price than the mapbook. If you compare these maps to other maps, you will find more roads, trails and recreation information along with fish species and wildlife management units. If you want to explore the area with the confidence of a good map, then look no further!
3) Who uses your maps?
Whether you are a weekend warrior, a serious backcountry explorer or working in the bush, our maps are designed to get you there safely and confidently. We show more information like roads, trails and recreation points to allow for easier navigation when outdoors. This information will allow you to spend less time looking and more time fishing, hiking, paddling, ATVing and so on.
4) How easy are your maps to use?
Our maps are simple to use. We colour code and classify all roads and trails to allow you to see what are the paved roads versus logging or industrial roads, what are main roads versus four-wheel drive or ATV roads and what are hiking or multi-use trails versus motorized trails. A legend is provided to show the various road and trail classes along with the symbols used.
5) How up to date are the Backroad Recreation Maps?
Generally, our maps 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 BC and Ontario.
6) Where do you get the information found in the Backroad Recreation Maps?
We work with a variety of local sources to ensure the maps are up to date. In BC we work with Recreation Sites and Trails, BC Parks as well as the local tourism and retailers. In Ontario we work with tourism and local retailers, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ontario Parks. We would also like to thank all of our readers for their updates and comments on how to improve the maps.
7) What topographical information is included on the maps?
In addition to adding topographical lines or contours and relief shading, we also include UTM grids and latitude and longitude coordinates on the map borders. The associated scale bar has also been adjusted to match the UTM grid to allow for more accurate distance calculations between points on the map. These technical features add a new dimension to the maps and are used to help navigate into unfamiliar areas.
8) What are the scales of your maps?
Our recreation maps are a larger scale than the mapbooks. Ranging from 1:125,000 for Algonquin Park in Ontario to 1:200,000 for Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte) Islands in BC you will see detail not found on other maps. The text is also bigger and easier to read than in our mapbooks.
9) Where can I find the maps?
Our maps 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, 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.
10) 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.