Researching a New Edition of the Egypt Lake Map

Gem Trek has always prided itself on the accuracy of its maps. While modern technology helps immensely, hands-on research out in the field is very important. Through the years, all hiking trails covered by our map set have been hiked with a handheld GPS to ensure the...

Two New Kananaskis Country Maps

We’ve just published new editions of our two best selling Kananaskis maps: Canmore and Kananaskis Village (7th edition) and Kananaskis Lakes (7th edition). As always, we worked closely with Alberta Parks and Kananaskis Country to ensure the maps are as...

Kananaskis Press Check

We’ve been to many press checks through at Friesens for books we publish under the Summerthought Publishing banner, but this was our first map press check. The Burke Group in Edmonton did a great job going through their processes and the vagaries of printing on...

The History of Gem Trek Publishing, Part 2

Click here for the early history of Gem Trek Publishing. Gem Trek Publishing was founded by Donna and Roger Nelson in 1991. Here is the second part of the Gem Trek story. By the mid-1990s, Gem Trek maps had a wide following in the Canadian Rockies, especially among...

The Early History of Gem Trek Publishing

Gem Trek Publishing was founded by Donna and Roger Nelson in 1991. The Nelsons had opened Map Town, a retail map and travel bookstore, in downtown Calgary, Alberta, in 1989. Here, they were deluged by requests for up-to-date hiking maps of Kananaskis Country, a...

Gem Trek Maps Under New Management

As the proud new owners of Gem Trek Maps, we’d like to introduce ourselves, Andrew Hempstead and Dianne Melton. We live in Banff, Alberta, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where we spend as much time as possible exploring the mountains with our two children...