HCBC Geo-Referencing Project and Contest!


Be prepared for your next adventure with trail info and maps from Horse Council BC and Avenza Maps. We have partnered with Canadian company Avenza Maps https://www.avenza.com/ who offer a free Smartphone App that tracks your position on a map. The Avenza App also allows you to create and save GPX tracks of your trails. Send those tracks to us at HCBC and we can add them to the trail listing in the Online Database. Head over to the trails database at https://hcbc.online/Trails to see all the website improvements. You can quickly see the trails in your area as pins on a map, print trail maps, upload and download GPX tracks and send us photos. We do need your help to review the information already listed for the trails you know. Please send us updates and comments on the trail conditions using the forms provided here https://hcbc.online/Trails?State=ContactUs. We will accept your GPX  tracks data and then create “Geo-referenced” maps that will be available in the Avenza App on your phone for free.

How can you partner with us on this Project?

Visit the trails database at https://hcbc.online/Trails to review the trail information already there for the trails you know. If the trail record needs corrections, you can send us corrections and updates using the form provided here https://hcbc.online/Trails?State=ContactUs.

Follow this link https://hcbc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Avenza-how-to-doc-for-enews-udated-june-11.pdf  to a “how-to” document covering downloading the Avenza Maps App to your smartphone, saving your tracks while riding your favourite trails, and sending us those tracks to be added to a downloadable map.

We’ll equip your tracking expedition!

Take advantage of our loaner Garmin 64 ST GPS units. We’ll send you a kit with GPS unit, NiMH batteries and charger, and a cheat sheet on using them, for up to a 3 week period.

Why is this important to all of us who ride our province’s trails?

Current information ensures that the trail you’re expecting is the trail you’ll find when you arrive. Is there potable water? Can you camp? How many pens are there? It’s important that we provide the best quality information we can obtain. Being able to download a map to your smartphone before you leave, allows you to ride the trails confidently. You
won’t need cell service or use any data while using the Avenza Maps App on the trail. We hope that offering a comprehensive, reliable trails database may increase equestrian tourism, aiding the
economies of our communities.

Win a Garmin 64 ST GPS unit with NiMH batteries and charger! The contest is open from June 1 to September 30. The biggest contributor of GPX files, new trail information and existing trail updates/corrections and comments will win a new Garmin 64 ST GPS unit complete with Energizer rechargeable NiMH batteries and charger.