Tim Hortons locations on GPS in Ontario ?

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Alaska & Canada' started by Raphy, Dec 11, 2006.

  1. Raphy

    Raphy Adventurer, eh?

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    OK, this is a stupid question...but... anyone ever find POIs (or whatever... I'm new to the GPS thing) of Tim Horton's locations in Ontario?:shog

    Let us assume that one may be so obsessed with Timmies coffee, that being out and about on a new adventure suddenly gets a craving and says..."well, let's just see what the GPS says where the closes TImmies is so I can feed my addiction"

    I'm just asking for a friend... :D :huh
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  2. PhilSpace

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    I will check with Rider. If anyone has a database of Tim Horton's, it would be him :brow :poser
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  3. Raphy

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    I found this one after a few mins on google, bust since i'm still waiting for my GPS to show up at my door, I can't try it out... it's a zip file containing a .csv file, which I don't think i can open with GoogleEarth (i think it only takes .gpx and .loc)

    http://www.gpspassion.com/forumsen/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=66445
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  4. GB

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    The Zumo map software installed has them all listed. The guy at the bike show this weekend went to pains to explain to his audience how you can easily find the nearest Tim Horton's.
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  5. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I swear the raspberry filled timbits are laced with narcotics.

    If I knew I could find timmies w/ a gps I would have bought one by now.
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  6. Drif10

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    In Columbus, maybe. :lol3

    Load the POI's, and they're all there...:wings
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  7. V-Tom

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    I use a Garmin GPS 60CX with City Navigator North America V8.

    There are lots of Tim Hortons listed. there are variations on the spelling.. Tim Horton, Tim Hortons, Tim Horton Donuts, Tim Hortons Donuts.
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  8. Big Doug

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    Just use a radar detector to find the police cars...
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  9. klxmack

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    You sure a hell don't need a gps to find a tim's in canada. There is one on almost every friggin corner. They are more common than gas stations. If I can only jet my bike to run on doubledouble, i would never run out of fuel.:evil
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  10. Big Doug

    Big Doug Been here awhile

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    When I lived in London, it seemed that there were two on every corner, i.e. Wharncliffe & Southdale, where there was one by Hully Gully and another one on the opposite corner.
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  11. Drif10

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    Now it's accurate for me. :lol3
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  12. Emmbeedee

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    The question was asked a long time ago but here goes anyway:

    Check out POIFriend for lots of different collections of Points of Interest.

    http://www.poifriend.com/
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  13. pckopp

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    City Nav NA v2009NT shows 50 in Ontario.
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  14. Emmbeedee

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    PoiFriend list 3385 locations in Canada and the US.

    Tim Hortons locations

    Compare that to Starbucks - 6312 locations in the US only!

    But I bet this number is going down by the minute... :1drink
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  16. EmmEff

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    Unfortunately, the GPX file from POIfriend causes MapSource (and GPSBabel) to choke :(

    I haven't figured out how to install the CSV files into MapSource (or my eTrex Vista)
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  17. pckopp

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    POIfriend has several different formats to choose from. Three are probably the most useful for Garmin owners.

    1. Garmin - this is a .csv (comma seperated values, common in spreadsheets) file that is the standard format for POI data. If you download this file you will need the POI Loader utility from Garmin. There may be other tools available on the net for this as well.

    2. Garmin (direct) - when they say direct, they mean directly to your gps. Your gps must be on and connected to your PC and you must have a special plug-in installed in your pc/browser. If you don't know if you have it, you most likely do not.

    3. GPS Exchange - this is the .gpx format file. This is probably the most direct way to get all these locations (although if you have a recent version of City Nav North America you likely have most of Tim Horton's locations in your map data already). This file is about 530K or so.

    That's the good news. The bad news is that the Tim Horton's gpx file is corrupt in some way, because my version of MapSource (6.13.7) can not read it. I downloaded it three times and got exactly the same file each time. MapSource says it is 'not a valid file...'. I looked at it and it seems okay, but there are 20,000 plus lines in it so who knows where the glitch is. Oh well.

    Hope that helps.
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  18. Emmbeedee

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    This is the way I recommend - there's no point in using up the limited number of waypoints with this kind of thing. You'd soon run out. I've used this method with the POIfriend files and it works well.

    The other method would be to use the "Garmin Direct" which uses a plugin to connect directly to the gpsr. But then of course it does use up your 500 or 1000 waypoints, depending on the model. That's okay if you're loading a small file but with 3385 Tim's locations, it's not going to get very far.

    Mike
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  19. EmmEff

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    Same here, that's why I tried the CSV file...

    I think I will write an app to convert the CSV file into a GPX. It's helpful for all those POI databases at [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica]GpsPasSion as well.
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  20. Emmbeedee

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    Have you used POILoader?

    Mike
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