The GPS-Audio Tour of the Canadian Rockies
Enjoy and learn the high-tech way.
Sawka Tour Guide (STG) successfully introduced the “GPS – Audio Tour Guide of the Canadian Rockies” during the summer of 2005. Now, the technology has been improved and additional content added. It will again be distributed through the Friends of Banff during 2006.
Through the magic of GPS technology, it’s possible to have an accredited interpretive guide with you in your car–virtually. There are no maps, brochures, tapes, CDs, or odometer settings to worry about. Just plug the device into your cigarette lighter and tune your radio to the specified frequency. Then, as you approach each of over 1800 locations along 1600 km of mountain highways, the corresponding information is heard through your vehicle’s sound system.
All the roads in Banff, Kootenay, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks are featured, as well as the Trans-Canada Highway from the mountain front to the park boundary. You choose where you would like to travel and when. Your virtual tour guide is always there with you. As well, you’ll also hear from established experts and authors, such as Ben Gadd, Michael Kerr, and Chic Scott.
The GPS-Audio Tour Guide presents over sixteen hours of interpretive information. As you enjoy the views, all aspects of the natural and human history is heard at the appropriate locations.
It’s the ideal way to connect what you are actually looking at to the natural and human history of the mountains. As well, prior to arriving at the various destinations where you may wish to visit, you will have all the background information you need.
The “virtual” tour guide is Dave Birrell, author of “50 Roadside Panoramas in the Canadian Rockies” and www.peakfinder.com. Dave is accredited as a Professional Interpreter by the Mountain Parks Heritage Interpretation Association. For additional information please see www.stgcnd.com.
(Photo:”Tunnel Mountain Campground, Banff National Park”, courtesy of Travel Alberta)