Over the past thirty years as at map retailer, Map Town we've seen all sorts of World maps and realized that most are either very tough to read because they have too much detail (especially in areas like Europe, Asia and the Caribbean) while others lack sufficient detail to make the map useful except as wall art. Our goal from the beginning was to find a balance between the two. We have designed a map that finds that balance.
The latest mapping technology was applied to show the World in a unique way never produced before. This includes the use of transparent labels; points, lines and polygons that glow to help draw the eye to important features, distinct fonts to easily reference national capitals and large cities, oceans, lakes, countries, continents, geological and geographical features. We have added many of the largest cities and metropolitan areas in the world that you simply will not see on other maps. Everything on this map is projected properly in the real world using GIS mapping software. We also wanted to focus on aesthetics using time tested cartographic methodologies to blend layers, have limited automation and move labels to their best possible location.
Four corner insets were designed to show the World in ways not before seen on a World map. The first shows the World's current population including countries with over 100 million people plus cities and metropolitan areas over 5 million people. The second inset called "The World at Night" depicts a firefly representation of the cities. The third inset shows the World's Tallest Mountains, showcasing all peaks over 3,352 meters tall (what climbers in our neck of the woods call the eleven-thousanders, or those exceeding 11,000 feet in elevation, including Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii, which rises from the depths of the Pacific Ocean and is actually taller than Mount Everest! This inset will satisfy the avid climber. The fourth and final inset shows the Fascinating Wonders of the World, including the 7 Wonders of the World, Natural Wonders and some of the most popular mountain peaks. It's sure to educate you on sites that you likely haven't heard of before. Consider this to be a quick Bucket list checklist sort of speak.
Check out the video below to see some detailed shots of the map.
SW Alberta & SE British Columbia Regional Map - Gem Trek. The sixth edition of this popular 1:500,000 scale map covers Edmonton and Calgary, south to the U.S. border, and west as far as Jasper National Park in the north and Castlegar, in the B.C. Kootenays in the south. All the major highways are shown, as well as national and provincial parks and wilderness areas. The map also shows lesser-known back roads, and pinpoints the location of lodges, campgrounds and hot springs. Mileage charts on the front and back provide distances between major towns and cities.
SW British Columbia & Northern Washington Map - Gem Trek. Spanning both the U.S.A. and Canada, this map takes in all the popular vacation destinations in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle, the Olympic Peninsula, Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, plus all of Vancouver Island. Coverage extends east to cover Spokane, the Okanagan, and, in Canada, the Shuswap area and Revelstoke. With secondary roads, parks, campgrounds and ski areas shown, both visitors and locals find it ideal for getting around.