Add Thousands of Canadian B&Bs to your Portable GPS Device!
Frequently asked Questions (FAQ's)
Q: What is a POI?
A: A point of interest, or POI, is a specific location that someone may find useful or interesting. You already have thousands of POIs on your GPS device including gas stations, restaurants, malls, etc. By adding BBCanada's POI file to your GPS device, you'll now have thousands of Canadian Bed and Breakfasts available to you.
Q: Which GPS navigation devices do you support?
A: Garmin and TomTom devices are currently supported.
Q: Where can I find the BBCanada POI file?
A: Here are the links:
Garmin - BBCanada POI file for Garmin
TomTom - BBCanada POI file for TomTom
Q: How do I download POI to my Garmin GPS?
A: POI Loader is software from Garmin that's used to load custom points of interest into many of their newer GPS models.
Here are the basic steps for loading POI files to a Garmin GPS:
If you haven't already done so, download and install Garmin's POI Loader software onto your computer:
- Download and install the POI Loader Program from Garmin's website. This program allows you to install POI files onto your GPS.
Transfer POI Files to your GPS using Garmin's POI Loader program.
- Connect the GPS to your computer
- Start the POI Loader program
- Start > All Programs > Garmin > POI Loader
- Select save to Garmin Device
- Find and select your GPS device
- Select the option to install new custom POIs
- Browse to the folder where you saved files in Step 2 (see TIP below)
- Continue through the remaining screens (default choices should work just fine), and POI Loader will transfer the locations to your GPS.
TIP: There's a tricky spot in POI Loader (PC Version)
When you're inside POI Loader on the page where you tell it where the files are located, POI Loader shows folders but not the files inside them. Users are often confused because they don't see the files. POI Loader allows you proceed if it finds files in the directory you've selected (even though it does not show them).
Q: How do I download the POI to my TomTom Gps?
A: Before you can import POIs into the TomTom, you have to create at least one user-defined POI category on your TomTom.
Create a POI category via TomTom's Main Menu > Change preferences > Manage POIs > Add POI category.
Name the category "BBCanada". The next screen that comes up is a list of TomTom's standard icons. You can choose one of those or you can use the BBCanada.com icon by downloading this Artwork file (BBCanada.bmp) onto your GPS.
Download the BBCanada POI file for TomTom and save it to your computer
Download the optional BBCanada logo image too.
Connect the TomTom to your computer, and turn on the TomTom. Three things will happen:
- You'll be asked if you want to connect the TomTom to your computer. Say yes.
- The "TomTom HOME" program should start on your computer. If it doesn't, please load it.
- Your TomTom will appear as a removable drive under My Computer and Windows Explorer.
Find the TomTom drive in Windows Explorer (or under My Computer), and expand it until you see the name of the map you are installing the POIs to.
Using Windows Explorer, go to wherever you placed the new BBCanada.ov2 and BBCanada.bmp files on your computer.
Drag the new BBCanada.ov2 file to the folder containing the map where your POIs will reside (eg, North_America). That installs the BBCanada.ov2 file onto your TomTom. First, though, you'll be warned that a file with that name already exists in the folder. You'll be asked if you want to replace it. Say yes; the (small) file that's already there is just a placeholder that was created when you named the category. You need to replace it with the real BBCanada.ov2 file.
That's it. To view your POIs on the TomTom, go through the normal TomTom menu items.
Q: Where do I find the Garmin POI loader software?
A: Here is the link For Macintosh and Windows - Click Here
Q: Where do I find BBCanada Logo image ?
A: The BBCanada Artwork is here.
Q: How often are the BBCanada POI files updated?
A: Nightly. Download them as often as you wish to ensure that you have the most up to date list of Canadian B&Bs on your GPS.
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