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About our Maps

What sets Gem Trek maps apart from other maps
on the market?

Gem Trek maps are loaded with information.

Most Gem Trek maps are a "Trail Map and Guide in One," in that the back of the map includes descriptions of 25-plus easy, moderate and strenuous recommended trails, making it easy for you to choose a hike. We also include backcountry campground booking information, relevant contact numbers, photos and more.

Gem Trek maps are updated regularly.

Gem Trek maps are updated on a three to four-year cycle. We do extensive ground-truthing ourselves, and work closely with Parks Canada, Kananaskis Country rangers and other people in the field to make sure our data is current.

Gem Trek maps made by locals.

Gem Trek maps are made by people who live in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies and know the area well. That means you can trust our recommendations, as they are based on years of exploring the area.

Different trail uses are shown with different colors.

We use different colours and symbols to show hiking trails, mountain biking trails and equestrian trails. This information is particularly important for mountain bikers and equestrians, who are restricted to certain trails in the national parks.

Gem Trek maps are able to cover the major hiking destinations more efficiently.

Because we are not tied to a grid system like the federal government is, we can cover the most popular destination areas with only one map. For example, it takes four government topo maps at 1:50 000 to cover the same five major trail networks that we cover on our 1:50,000-scale Lake Louise & Yoho map, including the Chateau Lake Louise and Moraine Lake areas, Skoki Valley, the Lake O'Hara area and Yoho Valley. That saves you money and frustration.

We label the trails on Gem Trek maps.

We add trail names to each trail on the map to make it easier for map users to locate the trails that are described on the back of the map, in Parks publications or in other guidebooks to the area. We also label trail distances to make it easier for people unfamiliar with the area to plan their hiking trip.

Most Gem Trek trail maps are on waterproof material with relief shading.

Relief shading makes reading the topography more intuitive, while the waterproof material extends the life of the map.
The following maps are relief-shaded and on waterproof material:

     Banff & Mt. Assiniboine (7th edition)
     Jasper & Maligne Lake (7th edition)
     Lake Louise & Yoho (9th edition)

     Kootenay National Park (4th edition)
     Columbia Icefield - Map and Guide (5th edition)
     Waterton Lakes (3rd edition)

     Banff Up-Close (3rd edition)
     Best of Lake Louise (4th edition)

     Best of the Icefields Parkway (3rd edition)

Kananaskis Country maps:
     Canmore & Kananaskis Village (6th edition)
     Kananaskis Lakes (6th edition)
     Highwood & Cataract Creek (3rd edition)
     Bragg Creek & Sheep Valley (6th edition)

Gem Trek maps are fairly priced.

Gem Trek maps cost less than many other recreational maps, as well as the (less up-to-date) government topographic maps .

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Last update: July 15, 2016

Maps for the Canadian Rockies
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