Headed for the Mountains
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Grande Prairie, AB, Canada.
I know this is not what you are looking for, but I have not found any digital maps to go on my Garmin 60CSx that I prefer over a traditional printed NTS map. Digital maps are (in my opinion) lacking detailed information for most of Canada - maybe the maps are better in the lower mainland, but I doubt they include many trails. The most useful GPS data you may come across is a waypoint file from a person who has previously hiked a trail. For instance, I have noticed several entries in our "Trails" section contain waypoints. This site doesn't seem to support uploading a GPS track (for example, a .gpx file), but that is the ideal way of sharing a route. You can then upload a set of waypoints or a GPS track to your receiver to follow while out on the trail. This is not a digital map, but a way to navigate the trail.
My approach when going to a new trail is to search for information - trip reports, route details, GPS information, and the NTS map - prior to heading out. While on the trail, I refer to the printed map and the route information that I have. I run my Garmin to track my route, and to see statistics like distance or elevation. To find out where I am in relation to my surroundings, I do cross-reference my Garmin's UTM position to the UTM grid on the NTS map.
This is just my two cents. There is nothing wrong with digital maps and many people use them. I just have found that the information is not useful enough when hiking on trails.