My Online Maps

There are three sections on this page. The Online Maps section, My Downloadable Maps, and information on whether to use a Garmin GPS, Cell Phone or Tablet as your main GPS unit.

I created the map in the picture below in Google Maps. I traced it by hand and then exported it in two formats - a GPX and KMZ. Click on it and it will appear in it's own window so you can explore it in detail without having to download it. You can zoom in very close, and you can click on almost every track or picture for more information.

There are links to download it a little further down the page.

The picture below shows the entire trip map - it has all routes we've ever taken. in one file. The other picture below that shows the extra details I provide when you zoom in and click on any of the little pictures on the map.
In the image below I zoomed in tight around Corner Brook where the trail ends and you need to get trucked to where the trail starts again. I clicked on the picture of the little truck in the map, information pops up on the left of the image. You can click on just about every picture or gps track for information like that.​​

My Downloadable Maps and Day by Day Guide

Click either of these tracks to save them. 

Clicking on either one will automatically download them to your computer, smart phone, or table.   Both maps are the same but one is a GPX and one is a KMZ. I explain the differences below.

Download Entire Trip GPX File

Download Entire Trip KMZ File

Download Day by Day Guide

I have several tracks you can download and each track has an explanation to help you decide what one is best for you. 

In some instances I have two file types listed for the same track. What is the difference you might ask - the difference is the file extension. There are GPX, and KML files. Basically the GPX files are for Garmin GPS units and the KML are for Smartphones or tablets. I explain both below.

GPX file for GARMIN -
GPX files are created on hand-held GPS units such as a Garmin unit. If you use a Garmin then you probably will want to download the GPX file above to your computer and transfer it to your GPS.

If you don't know how to install the tracks on your Garmin you will need to download free software from Garmin called Base Camp. Open Base Camp and plug your GPS into the computer using a USB cable. Base Camp will detect your GPS and it will allow you to transfer my Newfoundland tracks to it.  You might not be able to do it if your particular Garmin model is too old.

If your GPS is too old an alternative to buying a new one is using a smartphone. You probably already have a smartphone like an iPhone, or Android. So, read below to see how you can use your SmartPhone as a GPS instead.

If you prefer to use a hand held GPS and are trying to figure out what one to buy then 
Click on the image of the GPS units below to see an excellent article comparing some of the differenet models Garmin has to offer.

Download BaseCamp for Window

Download BaseCamp for Mac

KMZ file for Smartphones & tablets -
A KMZ file is a GPS track generated by Google Maps or Google Earth. In comparison, GPX files are created by hand held GPS units like the ones Garmin makes. 

Basically KMZ and GPX files contain the same information except KMZ's have a bit more information such as unique image icons from Google Maps like the ones I use to show where hotels, gas stations and restaurants are. Other than that, there isn't much difference.

I like the icons because I can quickly recognize what they represent with a quick glance rather than having to click on them. I find that very helpful when riding on the trail. 

The two images below show the NL Map on my cell phone using Locus Maps. Look at the picture on the right and you can see several image icons I use to display locations for motels etc. Those icons are still there in a GPX file but they all look the same with little squares or circles. You have to click on each one to see what it is.

Garmin GPS vs Smart Phone or Tablet

Each has benefits and drawbacks - someone that uses a Garmin could argue the benefits of having one in addition to a cell phone. I only use my cell phone  so I'll  explain why I chose that option from my perspective.

Three reasons  I prefer a smartphone or tablet over a hand held GPS: 

  1. Like most people these days, I ALWAYS have my cell phone with me. I use Google Maps all the time and I'm used to using my phone as a GPS.

  2. Why spend upwards of $700.00 on an extra piece of electronics to carry around when my cell phone has an excellent GPS already?

  3. I like big screens. Most GPS units have rather small screens that are difficult to see especially when you're moving down the trail. There are a few GPS units with screens as big as those on smart phones, but they're very expensive and lack the benefits of a cell phone. You can even buy GPS units with screens the size of a tablet, but again, they're cost prohibitive. Why not just get a tablet for less money and have the benefits of a tablet.

I use my Samsung Galaxy S7 Android Smart Phone with Locus Maps. It's a very capable GPS unit and still has all the benefits of a smart phone. Tablets that are SIM card capable have excellent GPS chips in them and you don't have to have a SIM card in it for the GPS to work.

If you have watched some of my videos you've probably seen me using an iPad a few times. I put a tough waterproof case on it to protect it from the elements. My cell phone is waterproof but to keep it from getting full of trail dust I put it in a waterproof case to keep it clean and my touch screen still works.

So, that's my two cents worth. Take it with a grain of salt.
Important Note:
​If you use a cell phone as a GPS you won't be able to see any maps when you're out of cell range unless you downloaded them before hand. Don't worry because if you import my GPS track into a GPS App like Locus Maps you can still the track itself and your location on it, so you won't get lost. 

See the picture below of me using my cell phone while out of cell range. The background is white and doesn't show any maps. The track is still visible though and I just followed it. It's possible to download maps for offline use but I don't bother to do that unless I'm exploring an area without a GPS track to follow.