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Street Map Program for Garmin GPSMAP 295

I recently purchased a used GPSMAP 295 for my airplane and am wondering if there is a software program I can acquire that will give streets and mapping programming for use in my RV when holidaying. Need Canada and US map programs. What is compaitible and where is a good source for same?

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Re: Street Map Program for Garmin GPSMAP 295

Detailed road map data, with addresses, hotels, gas stations, etc. can be loaded into a data-card/cartridge/memory-card using Garmin's Mapsource software such as Metroguide or City Navigator. This can be changed as needed via a PC.
The 295 does not have driving routing/guidance through the streets as most of today's GPSs have, but it will show you exactly where you are on the street (but it should be switched to Road mode).
Driving routing is possible on the PC using Mapsource, but ithe route doesn't transfer well to the 295 because of the limits on waypoints.

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