A dog’s guide to Essex County

Regular readers of this blog will know that my four footed friend and I make frequent trips around the area.  It’s important to do this regularly to maintain our friendship.  Using National Geographic’s Mapmaker Interactive, we decided to show you the highlights.


You should be able to see

  • The King’s Navy Yard
  • The Amherstburg-Essex Greenway
  • Colchester Beach
  • Seacliff Park
  • Point Pelee

We could have marked more but ran out of pins at 09.  We kind of ran out by tagging each of the concession crossings on the Greenway.  Oh well.

We were impressed with the collection of tools available.


They were truly drag and click to drop on the map location.

The opportunities for use in the classroom are limitless.  Upon landing, you locate the area you want to tag and then zoom in to the appropriate level.  (if you zoom too far, just back away and you’ll find the map returns.)

We’re big fans of creating your own maps but there are all kinds of other ways to use this.  Clicking layers on the right side bring up a listing of pre-defined layers.   Load the layer and set the appropriate viewing area and you’re off.


Go ahead and give it a shot.  Whether you’re exploring your community or discussing big worldly issues, this mapping tools really is a nice presentation package and is truly interactive.



2 thoughts on “A dog’s guide to Essex County

  1. One language expectation that people explore from at least Grades 1-8 focuses on point of view. What an interesting way to connect language and social studies/geography (mapping). You could look at why different people or animals might highlight different areas in their maps or why they leave specific areas out (some inferring involved here). And when you look at more popular walking or driving map tours, whose point of view is missing? Why might they not want to highlight these areas as much. This missing point of view is a big addition to the expectation come Grade 6. Lots to ponder here …


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  2. Interesting curriculum interpretation there, Aviva. That’s one of the reasons why I like creation tools like this as opposed to the tutorial types – they can be use and reused in a number of different ways. Just focus on the desired result.

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