Topo maps for Canada - free!

Discussion in 'Mapping & Navigation' started by Yaktrain, Feb 7, 2008.

  1. Viking

    Viking Ækt trønder!!

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  2. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    I've downloaded it, installed Alberta, BC, and some of SE Saskatchewan, and I have saved the entire 3.3 gb on an external, but I'm wondering if I can delete the areas I will never use, and where would I find the info to find which regions are which files?
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  3. markbvt

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    The Garmin software (MapInstall since I have a Mac, but I would imagine that MapSource works the same way) allowed me to choose which portions of the map I wanted to install on my GPS -- no need to install the whole thing.

    Or are you talking about deleting the unneeded map portions from your computer? If that's what you're after, I don't know.

    --mark
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  4. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Yup, that's the one I'm after. I'm just trying to be frugal with space, and I have the entire file on my back-up dive. Realistically, I will never use 90% of the maps.

    I'm working on the last gen 12" powerbook, is it slow as molasses to select maps to load onto the GPS, or is my computer finally starting to show it's age?
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  5. markbvt

    markbvt Long timer

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    I've got a 12" Powerbook too and use the Ibycus maps in Road Trip without any real issues. At work I have a very fast Intel Mac Pro with lots of RAM, and so that's where I chose to load the maps onto my Garmin... but as it turns out, map segment selection is slow as molasses even on a fast, modern system. I think it's just the software. Hopefully it'll get faster in future versions.

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  6. B-Rod

    B-Rod RubberNecker

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    Thanks Mark. One program running slow is no problem. They are loaded on the GPS now, so it's pretty much a one time thing to have to tolerate.
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  7. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    This is baffling.

    I just got a bigger CF card. I downloaded more maps, and now my (*(*&#&# 2610 will NOT let me see anything other than the City Navigator. Whazzup?
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  8. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Dumbass me. Problem solved. Apparently, Ibycus barfs if you name yer map. Odd.
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  9. PenGun

    PenGun Old and In The Way

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    Google Earth murders this stuff. I have no idea why so many people use these useless maps.

    Even in low res areas like the example map near Canmore there is no comparison.

    A laptop with the area cached will get you anywhere you can get to. These topos are so vague I don't know how they are usable. Well if you never leave major roads I guess they will work.

    Kananaskis Village and the Ski Hiil

    Attached Files:

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  10. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    That's really handy for someone who knows where they're going to go.

    But if you don't know where you're going to go, and would like to know where you've ended up...
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  11. PenGun

    PenGun Old and In The Way

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    Um I have a USB GPS device I attach to my laptop. Works well in Google Earth. I play in the mountains on Vancouver Island. There are no maps with my trails and roads on em'. This is why I decided regular GPS was useless for me. It only works where there are maps.

    Google Earth works everywhere and even the lowest res is better than most topos. You can zoom and tilt the area and in high res areas see cars and trucks. I have measured logs on Googel Earth then gone out and measured them on the ground.

    A 2 gig cache gives you any area off line at about 50 miles square, any shape of that area, in high res. A few caches can take you a long way.
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  12. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    So, the gps shows Google Earth ? Or do you need to lug a lap top? So far the regular gps still amazes me. Maybe I'm in the dark ages?!:D
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  13. PenGun

    PenGun Old and In The Way

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    I haul a cheap laptop. It goes with me in the backpack only when I'm going exploring. It works amazingly well on the logging roads out back of my place. I have roads back there spanning a century of logging and some are almost invisible even when you are on them.

    It has a 14.5" screen which is very nice but it is heavy and large compared to a regular GPS. I think when the netbooks get a bit lighter it will be a very good way for "no map" navigation.

    I believe you can get some phones to run Google Earth and with the cheap many gig USB sticks, stashing the cache is not a problem.
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  14. lateapex31

    lateapex31 Been here awhile

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    Well bully for you, but I am getting sick of reading your off topic posts about how much GPS sucks and how awesome carrying a computer around on a motorcycle is. Maybe you can make a thread detailing the use of Google Earth with a GPS and stop spoiling threads that others find useful.

    Back on track here I have the Ibycus USA and Canada and both are awesome. Maybe they lack some of the fancy autorouting stuff but they have all of the railroads marked (even the old ones) and other neat features that Garmin doesn't.
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  15. johnnyadventurepants

    johnnyadventurepants Been here awhile

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    I have tried lots of times to download this, but only get horrible download speeds (and it isn't on my end). Anyone else download this lately (without it taking 450 hours!)
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  16. PenGun

    PenGun Old and In The Way

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    Cool I'll leave you alone. I was just pointing out there are things that work where there are no maps.
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  18. Luke

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    For anyone looking to download it, search for ibycus on thepiratebay.org There's a zip and iso version available, as well as the USA non-topo version.

    It's much faster than regular download, and it saves ibycus's bandwidth.

    It's a legit copy; one of the seeders was the ibycus website itself.
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