The primary purpose of the CanadianMaps.ca
website is to provide customers and a general audience
with information about QV Navigator maps, TTQV software and topographical and
other maps compatible with Garmin GPS receivers.
Kalinowski, from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, maintains this website. He also
co-authors www.GPSNuts.com and serves as an
instructor / moderator in the Global
Positioning System (GPS) Classroom of Find's
Treasure Forums .
To find out more about Andrew and history
behind CanadianMaps.ca, just read below;
My name is Andrew Kalinowski and I am the man behind CanadianMaps.ca . By day, I
am a V.P. Operations, in a manufacturing company in Mississauga, Ontario. Maps
and navigation are primarily my hobby, but now they are also my part time
For as long as I can remember, maps played a key role in my outdoor activities.
Advances in computers and electronics turned my attention to GIS, GPS and
digital mapping. Visiting various Usenet news groups and websites, I quickly
realized that it was hard for an amateur to find good, reliable, manufacturer
independent information about various options for GPS receivers and mapping
programs. To help with the situation and to share in our hobbies, Ron Wilson and
I started the GPS Nuts website in February of 1999.
The GPS Nuts website quickly gained popularity. Not only users, but also
manufacturers and developers started to seek our advice. In turn we gained
access to more information and had opportunity to try various software and
hardware. As a Canadian I was still missing an important thing: I could not find
good and affordable digital maps of Canada! The available ones were few,
expensive and did not cover the areas that interested me the most. Scanning and
calibrating paper maps, while possible, was time consuming and at $10 to $15 per
map sheet was a substantial investment to cover a large area. I was not very
happy with the situation.
A breakthrough came when prior to my vacation in Quebec, I was offered a
look at QV Navigator topographic maps of that province. I found them to be not
only good but also priced very reasonably! I was thrilled to find that QV
Navigator coverage would be expanding and I eagerly agreed when the author of QV
Navigator approached me asking for help in selecting maps for Ontario CDs! The
final product exceeded my expectations. Canadians were finally getting value for
their money and I was happy that I could take part in making it happen.
There was no hesitation on my part when asked to join the forces as a consultant
and to help with popularizing the QV products and locating re-sellers and
distributors. I knew that QV was an excellent product - I was using it myself.
Since, I also added to the products offered for sale a number of Garmin GPS
compatible maps. Friendly atmosphere and honesty in internal and customer
relations made me proud to become a member of a good team. All of these values
and virtues are as strong today as they were the day I joined the team and I
pledge to uphold them!
Whether you are a user, a potential customer or,
just looking for some information, I will be happy to help you.