Calgarians that dualsport

Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.

  1. cal08

    cal08 Long timer

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    I've always been partial to back roads map books. I like looking at possible routes when I'm not riding.
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  3. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    Thanks, they're a bit pricey but look like they're worth it.
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  4. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    Much appreciated!
  5. powderzone

    powderzone Been here awhile Supporter

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    If you're an iphone user the Gaia app subscription includes the BackRoads maps. Can't recall what the subscription costs but it's a fraction of the downloadable backroad maps that I've got on my Garmin (I think it was $250 just for BC and AB).
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  6. Pjammer

    Pjammer Been here awhile

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    I agree that although pricey, the Backroads map books are great. Nice for flipping thru in the cold months, and if you have space on a trip.
    For digital, I use my my rugged phone(Kyocera Duraforce pro. Water/dust/shock proof for $150cad) as a GPS. Lots of good apps, like Locus(free and pro versions. Quite a steep learning curve, but very powerful) Osmand, and others. I'm too cheap to buy a stand alone GPS, plus I have music or podcasts.
    Put your phone in airplane mode, and the battery usage is quite low. All kinds of free downloadable maps that are very detailed.
    Good for on the fly checking trails out.
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    Gaia is 39.99 USD per annum for the premium package - allows you to overlay the base map which is MapBox Streets HD with Backroad Mapbooks Canada, BRMB ATV Trails and Canada Topo or more if you want at the same time. Highly recommended.
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  8. cal08

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    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    Great idea, I've thought about using an older indestructible phone rather than a GPS. I have Garmin but it's not that easy to use just as a map, and no apps.
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    xscoobysnack Been here awhile

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    I use Osmand and a Garmin now. The Osmand maps on a phone are WAY better for the backroads and I find it easier to follow the tracks that Lycan1 has posted over the years.
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  11. Bakfarht

    Bakfarht Been here awhile

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    I installed Gaia on my android, great maps even without a subscription. Thanks!
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    Could not find written verification on a gov.bc site: Other threads are talking that BC provincial parks are closed to non-residents for camping. Anyone search savvy to verify?
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    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bc-parks-closed-nonresidents-1.5579086

    Bummer, I was hoping to do NWT/Yukon/Alaska this summer, but they are still closed.
    So was gonna base-camp outa buddies place in Terrace and spend a week doing everything on The Cassiar.
    Not now. May not open up till an actual Vaccine becomes available to all, or a Clorox Smoothie?
    There is Motel Accommodation in Dease Lake, availability unknown. Last I was there (Feb/2019) it was $137/night (and then a stack of BC taxes).
    I would think Private Campgrounds could still accept anybody.
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  14. cal08

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    Q for those more informed: how does all of that off grid, user-maintained site access fit in here?
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    Assuming you mean the forestry sites that don’t require reservations, open for use by anyone. They are outside the purview of BC Parks.
    To restrict access would require a constitutional something-or-other (insert lawyer stuff here) from the Feds as I understand it or a broad area closure from the province - affecting locals as well.
    Crazy times.
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  16. MCMXCIVRS

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    I've been trying to find that info too. I haven't found any mention of the BC Recreation sites in the orders and find it hard to imagine how they would restrict them. That said, the hostile natives might make it unbearable to travel in the province.

    At this point, my early plans are focusing on staying in AB, with hopes for a more open welcome for later in the summer into BC.
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    I thought I'd read about firebans here in Alberta this summer, too. Particularly, if the Covid situation continues - the government didn't literally want to fight fires on two fronts. Could be the same in BC?
    I'd like to sneak over into the Chilcotin as a shorter trip this summer. A lot of wait and see...
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    I'm putting off my Tuk ride until next summer :(
    Definitely this only affects BC provincial campgrounds at this point. Should be no issues with random camping.
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    Looking to do a loop up 1A going through Morley. What’s in Morley or should I continue to 1X. I’ve just never taken that road.

    Thanks all.
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