Coquitlam, BC – What started out as a living room enterprise by two brothersÂ from Trail, BC has grown into a cross-country venture that embraces Canadaâ€™sÂ great outdoor spaces. The widely-popular Â Backroad Mapbook series tacklesÂ BC`s Kootenay Rockies region with a comprehensive new 144-page guide.
“Fishermen, families who enjoy camping, hikers and hunters, people who likeÂ canoeing or cruising backroads — we appeal to all of them,” explains companyÂ co-founder Russell Mussio.
This broad appeal is the reason the Kootenay Rockies BC Backroad Mapbookhas been the local guidebook of choice Â for over 15 years and a National Bestseller. It combines reference information with highly detailed maps whichÂ feature up-to-date forest service and logging roads, extensive trail systems andÂ a wide range of recreational features that are not found on other maps.
The series was born out of the Mussio brothers` frustration with what wasÂ available for exploring BC`s backcountry. Â Russell recalls. “We’d literally have aÂ different map or guidebook for hiking, for canoeing and for fishing, along with aÂ few outdated Topo maps with us; it was Â almost comical. It felt like we had toÂ carry Â around Â a Â box Â full Â of Â stuff Â in Â the Â bush Â with Â us.” Nearly 20 years later, theÂ rudimentary maps have evolved, the printing press has been replaced and theÂ small apartment has been upgraded to a working office and warehouse whereÂ Russell no longer needs to sleep.
The in-depth reference and map information requires a team of localÂ researchers and writers to ensure regional information is accurate andÂ noteworthy. Also, relationships with fishing and outdoor clubs, parkÂ superintendents, hiking enthusiasts, Government Ministries, and of course,Â feedback directly from readers, contribute to maintaining the most up-to-dateÂ maps available. Partners like ATV BC, BC Parks, Golden Hikes, Camping & RVÂ in BC, Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, Trails BC and Recreation Sites andÂ Trails BC were instrumental in providing insider details for readers.
The universal appeal for taking off into the backcountry has seen the BackroadÂ Mapbooks series expand to include GPS Maps, Digital Editions and twenty-eightÂ books for BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario as well as theÂ Maritimes with over 1.5 million books in circulation.
For more information, check outÂ http://backroadmapbooks.com/main/index.html
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We’ve been using the Backroad Mapbooks for years on for our “off the beaten track” road trips. They are a great resource for any area of BC. Just need more time to explore!