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Virtual Outdoor Adventures Guidebooks

Canadian Map Makers also sells products from Virtual Outdoor Adventures – the company the owner formed and operated before starting Canadian Map Makers. Virtual Outdoors Adventures created and brought to market a number of digital guidebooks for outdoor recreation areas in British Columbia (Canada), and their products feature interactive digital guidebooks and a paper maps.

Virtual Outdoor Products are show below:


Bike Vancouver!

With new bike lanes on the Golden Ears, Pitt River, Burrard and Canada Line bridges, the newly expanded network of Greenways, and now this guide telling you how to link it all together it has never been a better time to be a cyclist in Metro Vancouver. From Horseshoe Bay to Maple Ridge and Deep Cove to Tsawwassen these 700+km of bike routes allow cyclists to discover the fabulous trails in their own back yards, or explore parts of the city you never though accessible by bike.

Bike Vancouver!With a wide selection of paved, dirt and gravel paths, and the ability to create custom routes of any length, the perfect trip for any level of rider and for any occasion is at your fingertips. Follow the Trans Canada Trail and circle Stanley Park and False Creek. See the majesty of Capilano and Lynn Canyons, or experience the peace of Burns Bog and Barnston Island.Visit the wineries and migratory bird sanctuary of Westham Island, or follow the PoCo Trail around the Tri-Cities. See the Fraser River, Georgia Strait and the Olympic Oval from Richmond's Dyke Trails. Explore the popular trails of Old Colony Farm, Deer Lake and Watershed Parks.

Whether your goal is exploration, transportation, exercise or seeing the wonders of the Lower Mainland as more than a blur through a car window this guide is for you.


City Explorer: Stanley Park & Vancouver

The world renowned tourist destination of Vancouver nestles in the mountainous west coast of British Columbia Canada. This truly cosmopolitan city has something to offer for visitors of any persuasion. Vancouver’s downtown core offers great opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment. Jutting out into the sheltered waters of Georgia Straight, visitors to this city have access to beaches, ocean side parks, sea front walks and water sports.

Stanley Park and Vancouver digital guidebookStanley Park is Vancouver’s “jewel in the crown”. This 1000 acre “super park” occupies the northern portion of Vancouver’s downtown peninsular, and is crisscrossed with an extensive network of trails. The park is characterized by extensive forests (including some magnificent old growth), scenic trails, magnificent views, tourist attractions and a variety sporting facilities.

Use this guide to browse photos around the city and parks, or to plan walks and bike trips along the trail networks. We take you from U.B.C. in the west, around False Creek, through Stanley Park and out to Waterfront. Bus stops and Skytrain access are included in this guide to help you integrate public transit into your excursions, as are the primary tourist attractions within the downtown core.


Indian Arm Explorer

Cutting deep into the Coast Range Mountains, Indian Arm is Vancouver’s very own “local fjord”, and offers a wealth of exploration opportunities to kayakers and boaters alike. Visitors to these (relatively) sheltered waters will experience rocky islands, cascading waterfalls, secluded beaches, camping spots, quaint oceanfront dwellings and a wealth of marine wildlife.

Indian Arm ExplorerSouring over the western flanks of Indian Arm is Mount Seymour. A ski resort in winter and a hiking haven in summer, Mount Seymour offers hikers an extensive trail system, ranging from easy lake side rambles right through to challenging high mountain routes. Hikes here are typically rewarded with magnificent views out over the Coast Mountains and Greater Vancouver. Buntzen Lake lies to the east of Indian Arm. The hills and mountains surrounding

Buntzen Lake contain some of the best hiking trails in the Tri-Cities vicinity. Eagle Mountain rises above the eastern shore of Buntzen Lake and the connected mountain ridges stretch from the upper suburbs of Westwood Plateau in Coquitlam to the northern reaches of Indian Arm. These mountains provide access to rugged wilderness hiking within a stone’s throw of the Tri-Cities.

This digital guidebook takes you through all of these areas, with detailed coverage of over 250km of hiking trails and kayaking routes. Plan a short afternoon ramble or a multi-day backpack – the choice is yours!


Kamloops Explorer

Kamloops has many year-round hiking and biking trails in forests, grasslands, and along shorelines. From Dewdrop to Paul Lake and Lac le Jeune to Buse Hill this guide includes 15 trails that allows you to discover fabulous trails in your own backyard, or to explore parts of the city and the surrounding area that you never knew existed.

Kamloops ExplorerAlong with providing detailed trails descriptions and splendid photographs of scenic views, amenities and trail junctions, this guide includes the wide diversity of trails available in Kamloops. Follow the Tranquille Creek and try your hand at gold panning. For sweeping views of Kamloops Lake hike Tranquille Lookout, Mara, or Dewdrop. Cinnamon Ridge has easily accessible hoodoos and a box canyon. Douglas fir forests and open grassland vistas await the hiker willing to venture on the lengthy Grasslands Community trail. While Deep Lake provides glimpses of open grasslands but is much shorter in length. For commanding views of Paul Lake hike up to top of Gibraltar Rock. See spectacular views of the South Thompson Valley by venturing up The Pinnacles trail. Kenna Cartwright, Peterson Creek, Rivers Trail and the Bike Ranch are municipal parks that offer a wide variety of hiking and biking trails. City views abound on the Skyline Park and Upper Sahali trails. Hike forested lakes at Lac Le Jeune or McConnell Lake provincial parks.

Whether your goal is to get up close and personal with hoodoos, seek breath-taking panoramic views of the Thompson Valley, or soak in the solitude of vast open grasslands, this guide is for you.


Trans-Canada Trail Explorer: Myra Station to Penticton

The section of the Trans-Canada Trail that runs from Myra Canyon to Penticton follows the old Kettle Valley Railway line and is both spectacular and diverse. It offers hikers and cyclists of all abilities the opportunity to easily enjoy this beautiful region of the Okanagan.

The route from North to South is predominately downhill and can be cycled in a leisurely two days, or in an energetic single day. Alternatively, certain sections of the route make ideal one-day outings.

Kettle Valley Railway GuideLandscapes vary from lush forest through to dry desert, and picturesque views out over Okanagan Lake are abundant. The 12km section west of Myra station is world renowned for its 18 Trestles. Mostly destroyed in the devastating Okanagan Mountain Park Fire of 2003, these Trestles have now been restored back to their former glory. Other highlights include the magnificent Bellevue Trestle, the cool clear waters of Chute Lake, Rock Ovens Park, Tunnels, and a multitude of Cliffs, Creeks and Canyons. The large portions of this region that were affected by the 2003 forest fire give a firsthand appreciation of the devastating power of fire, whilst also showing nature’s amazing ability to recover and regenerate.

The DVD-ROM covers the whole area from Kelowna to Penticton in fine detail, enabling you to plan and prepare for your trip, be it an afternoon excursion or the full 2-day outing from end to end. The DVD-ROM provides maps, photos and route descriptions, including all the main access points to the trail heads. Custom trip plans can be created and printed for you to take out onto the trail. Alternatively, your trip plans can be uploaded to your mobile device if you have one. The DVD-ROM includes waypoint and tracking data for all the routes, and these can be uploaded to a handheld GPS unit… there is no excuse for getting lost!

The rich abundance of photography included in this DVD-ROM also makes it an ideal souvenir for those people who have already done all or some of the route. The ability to virtually explore this area on your PC or Mac allows you re-live the experiences of your trip. Maybe you have done the trip, but the photos were no good? This DVD-ROM offers you a rescue from that situation!

This area of the Okanagan has an abundance of Bed and Breakfast, Vineyards, Wineries and restaurants. So there is plenty of opportunity to relax with a glass of wine and a fine meal once your cycling or walking is done! Many of the local restaurants, wineries and Bed and Breakfasts are included in our DVD-ROM (as interactive links) enabling you better plan your non-energetic activities.