After successfully launching "GPS Tour Guide of
the Canadian Rockies" during the summer of 2005, an even better version is available for the
summer of 2009.
So you’ve arrived in the
Canadian Rockies. You’d like to enjoy driving though this beautiful World
Heritage Site and visit the wonderful destinations you’ve heard about. You
could buy a book, study, and then try and remember everything as you drive
along. But wouldn’t it be better if someone just tells you about what
you’re seeing and where you’re going as you drive along?
Have no fear the
Sawka Tour Guide
are no maps, brochures, tapes, CDs, or odometer settings to worry about.
Just plug the STG device into your cigarette lighter and tune your radio to
88.5 FM. Through the magic of GPS, as you reach each of over 1450 locations
along 1300 km of mountain highways, the corresponding audio information is
transmitted to your radio.
The (STG) unit can be
placed between the seats or on the floor. This makes installation simple and unobtrusive. There is nothing
on your car's dash or window to block or impair your vision.
The (STG) unit has been developed and specifically
engineered for the purpose of "Tours", and is not an adaptation of other
technologies. This has resulted in cost effectiveness and a unit that is
extremely simple to use.
roads in Banff, Kootenay, and Yoho National Parks are featured, as well as the
Trans-Canada Highway from the mountain front to the park boundary and the
Icefields Parkway to Jasper Townsite. You choose where you would like to travel
and when. Your STG tour guide is always there with you.
Just Think; Your own virtual tour guide!
The Sawka Tour Guide, (GPS-Audio
Tour Guide of the Canadian Rockies) presents over thirteen hours of information
in a pleasurable and entertaining manner as you travel along 1,300 km of our
mountain highways. As you enjoy the views, interpretive information related to
what you are seeing is automatically played over your radio. It’s the ideal way
to connect what you are actually looking at to the natural and human history of
As you drive through the Canadian
Rockies you will be introduced to:
- The geological history –how the mountains were formed
and then sculpted into their present form by glaciation
- The names of the glaciers, lakes, rivers, and
mountains you’re looking at, and how they came to have these names
- The landforms and forests you are passing through and
the animals you may see in these locations
- The natives’ history and long-standing relationship
with the mountains
- The history and stories related to the non-natives who
first explored and studied this area and the mountaineers who came to climb
- How the Canadian Pacific Railway was forced through
the Rockies to bind a nation together
- Short hikes and other activities that you may wish to
- The challenges of managing preservation and use in
Canada’s Mountain Parks
Information regarding destinations such
as Lake Louise, Takkakaw Falls, the Columbia Icefields, Moraine Lake, Radium Hot
Springs, Emerald Lake, Johnston’s Canyon, and Peyto Lake is presented as you
The Sawka Tour Guide, (GPS-Audio
Tour Guide of the Canadian Rockies) provides interpretive material for the
- BANFF NATIONAL PARK
- The Trans-Canada Highway
- Bow Valley Parkway
- Lake Minnewanka Loop Drive
- Johnson Lake Road
- Mount Norquay Drive
- Vermilion Lakes Drive
- Lake Louise access road
- Moraine Lake Road
- Highway 93S to the Kootenay National Park
boundary, and the Icefields Parkway.
- BANFF TOWNSITE
- Tunnel Mountain Drive and the access roads to
various attractions within the townsite.
- KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK
- Highway #93 from the Banff National Park boundary
to the town of Radium.
- YOHO NATIONAL PARK
- The Trans-Canada Highway, Emerald Lake Road, and
the Yoho Valley Road.
- JASPER NATIONAL PARK
- The Trans-Canada Highway from the foothills to the
Banff National Park boundary.
The Sawka Tour Guide includes almost
1500 audio files totaling over 13 hours of interpretive information. The system
knows which direction you are heading and different material is heard, depending
on your direction of travel along the highway. Information is played at numerous
viewpoints along the way as well.