Fun with Maps 179&180

Occasionally the maps on Fun with Maps are too centered around the United States. I live in the United States, so it’s not illogical, but sometimes I focus a bit too much on my home country. This particular edition of Fun with Maps will expand my focus beyond our borders by going to the distant lands of Mexico and Canada (baby steps).

Map 179 shows the many automaker assembly and parts plants in the country of Mexico.


President-Elect Trump (shudder) has made a lot of fuss lately about manufacturing jobs. He made bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States a signature part of his campaign and now that he’s won the American people are just waiting for those manufacturing jobs to return in droves. While he waits to take office officially on January 20th (shudder), Trump has been waging twitter wars on several American companies that have existing or are planning future manufacturing plants outside of the United States. His targets include Carrier and automakers like Ford and General Motors. As you can see in the map above, Ford and GM are not the only automakers taking advantage of the low manufacturing costs in Mexico. They are, however, American companies trying to do that in the age of Trump (shudder). The American voter is clearly concerned about the loss of manufacturing jobs but no amount of twitter-bashing is going to bring those jobs back. Trump can pretend that he single-handedly forced Carrier to keep 1100 jobs in the United States by scaring them with increased taxes on importing their products but the truth is vastly different. He had to offer up a huge tax reduction for the company over the next decade (paid for by the Indiana tax payer) in order to keep 800 manufacturing jobs. 300 of the jobs he says he saved were engineering positions that were never moving to Mexico. The CEO of Carrier also admitted that by agreeing to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States, his company was going to commit funds to improving their plant’s technology, a financial decision that will ultimately cut production costs and manufacturing jobs! I could go on writing about this but the Trump makes me grumpy so I should stop for now.

Map 180 is of a public project in Canada known as the Great Trail.


For 25 years, a non-profit group known as The Trans Canada Trail Foundation has been working with private and government bodies across Canada to fund the creation of new trails and the rehabilitation and connection of existing trails into one giant trail system that stretches from North to South and West to East. The foundation asserts that the trail is within 30 minutes of 80% of the Canadian population. It really should accomplish it’s goals of preserving nature and connecting all Canadians.

Here are close ups of some of the trail sections.



Vancouver Island to Calgary


West of Winnipeg to Nipigon on Lake Superior (Segment North of Minnesota)


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Lake Superior through Windsor, Toronto, and Niagara Falls to Ottawa



Ottawa to St. Johns on the Atlantic


How cool is this trail?! The trail, once fully connected, will be 24,000 kilometers (15,000 miles) long. At 90% connected, the trail is currently 21,452 kilomeappalachian-trailters (13,329 miles) long. By comparison, the Appalachian Trail in the United States is only about 2,200 miles (3,500 kilometers) long. The Trans Canadian Trail does include many natural waterways, of course, while the Appalachian Trail does not, but the size of the thing is still magnificent. You can, and should, explore the map of the entire trail in detail at (when you’re done reading this post, of course).

The trail map is awesome but I would be doing my readers a disservice if I didn’t show off some of the beautiful scenery the Great Trail has to offer. Enjoy the pictures and I’ll see you next time on Fun with Maps.


Bryan Signature 2



Bonus Map Link: All the Sears, Macy’s, and Kmart Stores Closing in the US (because a lot of American-focused maps come across my path)





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