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BICYCLE / RUNNING / HIKING ROUTES AROUND DUNDAS
Note: This section is “under construction.” I will post more routes soon.

Multiple Trails:
(These can be displayed and colour coded one at a time, or only selected, or all simultaneously on the Google Earth map or on your iPhone and iPad using the GPSKit application)

Download from my Google Drive:

Single Routes:
(These can be displayed simultaneously, or one at a time in Google Earth and in GPSKit but can only be displayed and followed one at a time on your Garmin Edge GPS.)

Download from my Google Drive:

Alternatively, you can view and download the Single Routes from my Ride With GPS account:

Instructions for Google Earth

How to download the KML files to your computer?

  1. Download and install Google Earth on your computer from HERE. The program is called “Earth”.
  2. Download your selected KML files (links above) and save them to your desktop.

How to open and save the KML files in Google Earth on your computer?

  1. One by one, click on the downloaded KML files on your desktop. Google Earth will open and load the route(s) included in that file. You will see it/them displayed on the map.
  2. Find the route at the bottom of the left panel, in the Temporary Places folder. It will have a Google Earth globe icon. This is a container in which the actual route is stored. Routes have icons that look like three small rectangles connected with line segments. If there are more then one routes included in the KML file, they will be stored in a folder containing all the routes.
  3. In the left panel, drag the actual route (or the folder containing routes) out of the container and drop it above the ‘Temporary Places’ folder.
  4. Right-click and delete the Google Earth container left behind in the ‘Temporary Places’ folder.
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 5 for all downloaded KML files.

Now, you can do several things in Google Earth:

  • Check or uncheck the square boxes in the left panel to make the routes visible or invisible on the map;
  • Right-click on the routes in the left panel and select ‘Properties’ to change the name or route colour, add a description, or check the measurement (distance);
  • Right-click on the route displayed on the map and select ‘Show Elevation Profile’;
  • In the top menu, go to ‘View’ –> ‘Make this my start location’ to have Google Earth open in the future at the currently displayed view.

Instructions for Garmin Edge

How to download the GPX files to your computer?

  1. Download your selected GPX files and save them to your desktop. Here is how:
    1. Click on a file;
    2. When you see the ‘No Preview available’ message, click on the ‘Download’ button;
    3. ‘Save As’ the downloaded file on your desktop;
    4. Repeat steps A, B and C for all other GPX files you want to download.

How to install the downloaded GPX routes on Garmin Edge 810?

See the instructions here:  http://ridewithgps.com/edge_810

  • Check the recommended settings of your Garmin 810, listed under ‘Quick Summary’;
  • If you don’t have a Micro SD card with Garmin’s City Navigator maps, read the information under ‘Installing Free Open Street Map Data’. The GPX routes should show up on your Garmin without detailed basemap but it is easier to relate your route to the surrounding area, if you have one.

How to install the downloaded GPX routes on Garmin Edge 800?

See the instructions here:  http://ridewithgps.com/edge_800

  • Check the recommended settings of your Garmin 800, listed under ‘Quick Summary’;
  • If you don’t have a Micro SD card with Garmin’s City Navigator maps, read the information under ‘Installing Free Open Street Map Data’. The GPX routes should show up on your Garmin without detailed basemap but it is easier to relate your route to the surrounding area, if you have one.

You can access the installed route by selecting it in the Menu –> Courses screen.

You can make one or more courses show permanently on your map screen by going to Menu –> Courses, selecting a course (route), then tapping on the Settings button (the wrench), selecting ‘Map Display’ and setting ‘Always Display’ to ON.

How to install the downloaded GPX routes on Garmin Edge 705 and/or 605?

See the instructions here:  http://ridewithgps.com/edge_705

  • Check the recommended settings of your Garmin 705 or 605, listed under ‘Additional Tips’;
  • If you don’t have a Micro SD card with Garmin’s City Navigator maps, read the information under ‘Installing Free Open Street Map Data’. The GPX routes should show up on your Garmin without detailed basemap but it is easier to relate your route to the surrounding area, if you have one.

How to install downloaded routes on Garmin Edge 500?

See the instructions here:  http://ridewithgps.com/edge_500

How to install downloaded routes on Garmin Edge 305 and/or 205?

See the instructions here:  http://ridewithgps.com/edge_305

Instructions for the iPhone and iPad

How to install KML routes on the iPhone’s/iPad’s GPS Kit application

  1. If you don’t have the KML files emailed to you as attachments, download them to your computer and email them to yourself as attachments. They can all be emailed in one email message. Email the KML files to your email account that you can access from your iPhone/iPad.
  2. On your iPhone/iPad, open the email containing the KML attachments.
  3. One by one, touch and hold the attached KML file icons until the Open options are displayed.
  4. Select “Open in…” and/or “Open in GPS Kit”. (The second option will be presented to you, if GPS Kit is installed on your iPhone.)
  5. The imported set is a container with one or more tracks inside it. This set will appear under Saved Sets in the GPS Kit’s Data screen. It will have a name in a form of <today’s> date. This will have to be changed to a more descriptive name, later.
  6. In the Data screen, tap on the newly imported Set. In the next screen, you will see the name of the imported set (the import date) in the upper part of the screen. The Tracks (and/or Waypoints, if any) included in this set are listed in the lower part of the screen. Some of the KML sets contain only one track. Other sets contain several tracks and/or waypoints. They should have their proper names already. This screen is also where you toggle the visibility of the entire set on the main map. The main map opens by tapping on the button Map located in the lower left corner of the screen.
  7. Now, we will change the name of the set:
    1. Tap on the Data button, then tap on the imported set under Saved Sets (the one with the name in a form of <today’s> date);
    2. In the upper part of the next screen, tap on the Name line and enter the original name of the KML file that you have imported from your email.
    3. Tap on the data button, then again on the imported set, and again on the data button to see the new name of the set.
  8. Now, we will change the colours of the tracks contained in the imported set so that each track in the current set has different colour and can be distinctly recognized:
    1. Tap on Data, then on the imported and renamed set.
    2. Tap on the first Track listed in the lower part of the screen.
    3. In the next screen, tap on the Globe button at the top of the screen.
    4. In the next screen (the map with the imported track), tap on the Color button in the lower right corner of the screen.
    5. Assign a colour to this track.
    6. Go back to the Data screen by tapping on the middle button at the bottom of the screen.
    7. Tap again on the newly imported set.
    8. Repeat steps 8. a – h for each track included in the newly imported set.
  9. Repeat steps 3 – 8 for each KML file attached to the email.
  10. 10.  To view the sets on the main map, toggle their visibility ON. You have to move the map to the DundasValley area to see the DundasValley tracks and waypoints.
  11. 11.  If the Location Services in your iPhone’s privacy settings are turned ON, you will see a triangular arrow representing your current position, as you make your way along the displayed track.
  12. In GPS Kit’s settings (the gear button at the top-right of the map screen), select the map type you want to see in the background and the colour of the position arrow. You can also save your battery while navigating by turning ON the Proximity Sensor.
  13. While following the track, activate the Locate Me button. It is the second button from the left at the top of the map screen (next to the down arrow). This will keep the center of the map on your current location (on the arrow indicating your position), so that you don’t “walk off the screen”.

Additional Information

For more information on the GPS Kit, check the User Guides here: http://gpskit.garafa.com/groups/gpskit/ http://gpskit.garafa.com/GPS_Kit/User_Guide_files/GPSKit_iPhoneiPad_UserGuide_5_2.pdf

Disclaimer:

By downloading the KML and GPX files through the links shared on My Dundas Valley blog, on my personal Google Drive account, and on my Ride With GPS account, you agree that you will use all GPS routes downloaded through and/or from the said blog and accounts at your own risk. You further agree that neither I nor the editor, publisher, and the host of the My Dundas Valley blog, will be held liable for any accident, damage, death, or injury acquired while using the GPS routes downloaded through the My Dundas Valley blog, from my Google Drive account, or from my Ride With GPS account.

I have done my best creating and recording the routes included here, but the degree of accuracy may be lower than in commercially available maps and courses. Use my GPS routes as reference only. They are not meant as a tool for strict and exact navigation.

You are also solely responsible for the technical operation of your GPS gadget, your bicycle and other equipment as well as for only following the routes that are safe in each season, safe for chosen means of locomotion or transportation (e.g., hiking, cycling, skiing, snow-shoeing, etc.), and are suitable for your age, health and fitness level. You are responsible for making similar determination for children and handicapped persons who accompany you, are under your care, or of whom you are a legal parent or guardian.

Lech Biegalski
My Dundas Valley blog at: http://mydundasvalley.com -or- https://dundasvalley.wordpress.com

[End of the Disclaimer]

Having said that, I must add that, personally, I find my GPS files accurate enough to plan my trips and successfully find my way along each of the routes, trails, and single tracks available through this page.

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