FOT releases map for Spring!
Saturday, 28 April 2012 20:20

FOT map: one map to rule them all

A backcountry planner and regional all-in-one

By:  Brian Back - Ottertooth.com 


Tear down every other wall map of Temagami. Friends of Temagami released the regional-map-on-one-sheet that people have wished for years.

This tour de force covers 15,000 square kilometres from River Valley north to Elk Lake, and Lake Timiskaming west to Lake Wanapitei. In between it has the backcountry canoe routes, field notes, paleo-historic features of interest, 10-metre contours, elevation colours and hill shading. It also has grid finder for the NTS 1;50,000 federal topos and a UTM grid.

Friends (FOT) has been working on the map for four years starting with the wisdom collected by Hap Wilson, Craig Macdonald and Ottertooth.com, then topping that with the knowledge of the active regional travellers within the group's membership.

"It has been a labour of love," says mapmaker-in-chief, carto-hacker Alex Broadbent. On top of his own backcountry work, he has put in at least 1,000 hours at the keyboard — yes, his marriage did survive.

Until now, canoeists had only Ontario Parks' Canoe Routes Planning Map. It does not cover the entire region, and hasn't been updated in decades. Toss it out.

The FOT map, like Parks' planner, is not intended for field use. The fine portage detail can be found in Hap Wilson's book or here on Ottertooth.

But it is not just a canoeist's map. It belongs on the wall of every cottage on Lake Temagami and every cabin on Rabbit Lake.