A few years ago Santa Claus brought me a Garmin GPSmap 60CSx. Like most electronic devices they change quickly, usually with improvments. My GPS receiver is old now but it is doing what I want and need. My interest in map and compass dates back to my days as an officer in the Canadian army militia. Now most of my
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Suggested Hikes & Scheduled Group Hikes
GPS tracks of some of my hikes are available in the Hikes section.With this information you may wish to plan a hike(s) with family or friends. But, don't hike alone. Also available is a list of my Group or Upcoming Hikes. These are hikes that may be posted on other websites such as the Grand Valley Trails Association.
Do You Need GPS Technology to Hike?
In southern Ontario, many of the trails are well marked. For example, the Bruce Trail clubs create and maintain the footpath. In a case like the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the trail is marked with directional blazes on trees and posts. There are other trails blazed the same way. Ontario conservation areas usually have their own, well marked trails and part of the admission fee usually includes a trail map (ask for it). The Bruce Trail sometimes passes through a conservation area and one will find trail signage done by the Conservation Authority and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. One example would be Crawford Lake Conservation Area. So, in places like southern Ontario you may not need GPS tracks and electronic devices like a Garmin GPS receiver, a quality "app phone", or tablet.
Trend is Toward Trail Information via GPS Technology
In 2018 one can still buy paper maps of trails from most hiking associations. However, there is a move underway to shift away from producing and selling paper trail maps to producing and selling trail information electronically. So you may wish to examine the Bruce Trail Conservancy website for details or the Fugawi Bruce Trail App web page. Also, a number of trail organizations, that are members of Hike Ontario, are investigating the possibility of producing their trail data electronically and providing it via an "app" to replace the older, paper maps sold in a guidebook.
The reality is that more and more people possess app phones (replaces the old smart phone term) or app tablets. Depending on the device and the quality of the app you use, such a resource for those who hike frequently this new method may be worth the investment. Here is one link to a website where the article is entitled 15 BEST HIKING APPS and it is only one of many available via Internet searching.
An aquaintance of mine in British Columbia tends to explore some trails in more remote locations. That is, the trails he walks are not walked by many people and are not blazed. Using his realtively inexpensive android tablet he can acquire the appropriate map(s) and GPS files of a trail (maybe posted by another hiker) while is is connected via WiFi at home. Then he heads out to the trail (no cellular chip) location. When on the tyrail he has the map and the GPS track on his tablet & the tablet contains a GPS receiver. So he can walk the trail that may not be that evident at times but he can see if he is on the trail by checking the tablet screen. At the same time he is recording his own walk. It is my understanding that he uses the app called ViewRanger.
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More Online Samples
Here are some freebies that are rather good quality.
CotswoldsWayPoints.gpx (gpx only) - POINTS format for whole trail & may be outdated
CotswoldsWayRoute.gpx (gpx only) - ROUTE format for whole trail & may be outdated
CotswoldsWayTrack.gpx (gpx only) - TRACK format for whole trail & may be outdated
Other Resources >>> If the next two links are outdated, check GPS Cycle and Walking Routes for up-to-date links.
Cotswold Way Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Cotswold Way Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map