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Started by sockmonkey, October 08, 2020, 01:03:57 PM

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I don't want to sound insulting but will assume we're starting from scratch as it's come up on this thread, pm and other posts on the forums since day one.  In the case of my maps it's more insert that install

-Download the windows version from the link below.  When unzipped, you should have a file name CA-TerritoriesTopo.img
-Get a micro sd card, 16 or 32gb should be fine
-format card in fat 32
-Create folder on card and name it "Garmin" without quotes
-Copy CA-TerritoriesTopo.img to the Garmin folder on the sd
-May need to power cycle, go to maps setting to enable

The longer way
-go to link and download the mac version, extract and open until you're at CA-TerritoriesTopo.gmap
-install garmin basecamp, if mac I think you also need a map install program as well
-In windows, go to C\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps(may need to show hidden) if not present create a folder Garmin and within that create a folder Maps
-copy CA-TerritoriesTopo.gmap into the Maps folder, open basecamp and it should be in the drop down for maps, from there you can plug the gps in to your computer and send the maps to gps

I believe for mac, extract, click on gmapi and it will "install" or place where it needs to go

Let us know how it goes,  out of curiosity what is the something for the Yukon


Quote from: sockmonkey on October 13, 2020, 03:47:02 PM
First of the Canadian Topo maps is up.  This one includes the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Hope I can get an answer here, hope its simple.

I dowloaded this map to my desktop, shows as a 7z zip file. I want to put it into Garmin Basecamp and load it onto my Montana 610.

I'm not getting it to load. Maybe I need an extra step to unzip it or something. Someone who knows the steps help me out please.

Don't really need Alberta and Saskatchewan, if there's a smaller file of BC and Vancouver Island




It is fairly simple, though there is a specific process to follow.  It looks like you are interested in the CA-WestProvTopo.  I'm going to assume you are using Windows.  I'm not sure what version you downloaded already, but you you need to download the MAC version.  Yes, it is zipped but it is in standard zip format not 7z, as that's an allowed format to upload.  With whatever tool you use unzip that file and you should have a folder.  In that folder it is named CA-WestProvTopo you should have two folders inside that named, WestProvTopo and WestProvRouteable, both of these will end in .gmapi  Depending on your archive utility you will need to open that folder you desire one or two times until the end is just gmap.  (If you see Product1, etc you've gone too far and back up one step).

Go to C\ProgramData and make sure show hidden items is enabled.  You may see a folder named Garmin with a folder within named Maps, if not create them and you should end up with C\ProgramData\Garmin\Maps   Copy the folder ending in gmap to the Maps folder, now open Basecamp and this map should now be in your drop down on the toolbar and select it.

Now transferring to you GPS.  Since you are not necessarily interested in the whole mapset I suggest your install Garmin Mapsource if you don't already have it.  I find it easier than basecamp to select smaller areas to install to the gps, not just my maps but also Garmins own maps or any other compatible maps for that matter.  Hope this helps!




I'm glad to hear that Great Lakes Topo should be working now! It's always frustrating when something goes wrong, but it's good to know that the issue has been resolved. If you have any further questions or concerns, feel free to let me know and I'll do my best to assist you.


I've recently uploaded updated maps for Canada and Mexico.  I'm beginning to process US maps now so maybe later in the week they will start rolling out.  There won't be any significant changes to the maps, primarily updated data and minor/unnoticeable tweaks.  The one map I'm probably not updating at this time is Alaska.  For the last couple of years there is the "flooding" occurring in that area of the map.  When is is converted from osm to garmin things get out of wack.  As far as I know I'm the only map author who has kind of corrected this.  I finally figured out what was up and had to open about 20 raw data tiles in JOSM and make several edits/changes to the tags.  It was very laborious and I'm not up for doing it again right now.   

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