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Free Digital Maps for Garmin GPS

I’ve recently been preparing to take my Garmin Oregon 600 to the Alps so have been researching some free GPS mapping sources.

Here are a few i’ve come across that might be of interest to you:


Here is a nice little blog post explaining how to get Open Street Map mapping onto your GPS…

and here is’s own wiki on “OSM Map On Garmin”…

The have a tutorial on loading digital mapping to a Garmin Unit using BaseCamp

And finally here is how you geolocate and uploading a scanned JPG map to your Garmin GPS in a KMZ file using Google Earth…


I’ve also learned that you can get MapSource for free legally:

  1. Download the Garmin Training Centre:, and install it…
  2. then download and install Garmin MapSource Updates:



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