Jeff’s Map of Central Temagami
Temagami’s a big place. So big in fact, that Jeff had to divide the park up into 5 different sections.
“Wait, so I need to buy multiple maps for my trip!?”
In laying them out I wanted to make them as zoomed in and detailed as possible while specifically trying to make sure that you’d only need a single map for most trips, even trips that are a week or more in length. It was tough, and as always there are exceptions, but that should be true most of the time.
Pick the map that best covers your area of interest. One of the really nice things with having so much overlap between the sections is that while a given route might only be partially covered by one map, it’s probably completely covered by it’s neighbour.
I bet you didn’t know…
- About the huge number of historic ruins scattered all around the Temagami area
- Exactly where a seemingly countless number of amazing scenic lookouts can be found
- Where to find all of the secret unofficial routes, trails and portages that’ll help you find solitude faster
But now you do – and that’s just the beginning.
Just imagine the adventures you’ll have on your next trip!
Trip planning reinvented.
Setting up your tent at 9pm because *someone* didn’t think to plan for the seemingly endless number of twists and turns on Pilgrim Creek and the gut-wrenching difficulty of the Centre Falls portage is… no fun.
There’s no need to go through that again though. Each route has been precisely measured and labelled, making it quicker and easier than ever to plan a reasonable trip.
Jeff’s map will get you where you want to go. That might not sound like much, but you’d sure notice if it didn’t.
I should know. Playing ‘find the missing campsite’ one too many times is what pushed me to start making my maps.
My solution? What I haven’t GPSed myself I’ve meticulously sourced from every trip log, forum post and GPS track I’ve been able to find, and from the hundreds of canoeists, kayakers and backpackers who’ve contributed their own experiences.
Beautiful meets functional.
It’s pouring rain. The sun’s setting. The last thing you want to do is spend 5 minutes looking at the map.
That’s why Jeff spent over 6 months choosing, tweaking, and perfecting the colour scheme so the most important features like the portages, routes and campsites stick out, while all of the less critical elements fade away into the background until you’re looking for them.
Free Download? What’s Up With That?
It’s simple. Jeff wants as many people as possible to benefit.
Jeff started making maps for his own trips after finding glaring mistakes on the official Algonquin map, telling park staff about them, and seeing nothing change. The fact that others have found them useful is just a happy coincidence.
In fact, Jeff didn’t even sell print copies of the map for the first few years because he thought it’d be too much work. It was only because people kept telling him that they couldn’t use the map if they couldn’t bring it with them that he eventually relented.
Jeff Couldn’t Do It Without You
The map’s pretty comprehensive.
Some of it comes from the fact that he’s pulled together information from all of his personal experience as well as every forum post, trip log, book, historic map and scientific report He’s been able to find…
…but all of that pales in comparison to the info Jeff has gotten from the hundreds of comments, suggestions, corrections and GPS tracks he’s received from canoeists, backpackers and kayakers like you. Conditions are constantly changing, but working together that’s a problem we can overcome.
Besides, it’s not just about finding errors that have slipped though the cracks – Jeff had people contribute new ideas and perspectives that‘ve made the map better than he ever could have all by himself.
I’ve been going canoeing since I was 8 (I’m 26 now).
There’s no other way to say it – I hated it at first. It was hot, buggy and painful. Why would someone enjoy doing that?? Well, fast forward a few years and I started taking friends on trips when I turned 15 so clearly my perspective changed at some point 🙂
To date I’ve tripped for over 500 days, but this is just the beginning :D. After graduating from university last May I’ve been working on the map full time – so I plan on upping the number of trips I take each year from here on out.
Be sure to say ‘hi’ if you see me around!