How I Keep From Getting Lost In Toronto


To prevent myself from getting lost while driving around Toronto, I rely on the Magellan Roadmate 760 GPS Receiver. This handy device guides me turn by turn to anywhere I want to go. The unit even has text-to-speech technology that tells you when to take that next turn, including the name of the street and distance to the turn. Most GPS with voice turn by turn would say, “Turn left in two miles.” The Megellen unit will say, “Turn left in two miles on Steele Avenue.” Mind you it sound really funny when it says some of the street names, but at least you know what street to keep an eye out for.

You can program the GPS by using the simple menus to enter an address on the touch screen, or find nearby gas stations, restaurants, ATM’s, and more by selecting from 7 million, pre-programmed points of interest. To find the CN Tower, I simply entered CN Tower and then choose shortest time. I will be using the Roadmate to get around Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City as well.

You can read my TTZ review of the Magellan Roadmate 760 GPS here.

69 thoughts on “How I Keep From Getting Lost In Toronto”

  1. Ed Lau says:

    Satnav is quite useful. I had one with my laptop on my roadtrip down to San Diego. Without it, I wouldn’t have found that awesome Chinese restaurant in San Jose.

    1. Jane May says:

      Sounds like you’re in my neck of the woods…I’ll be moving to San Francisco soon…Yours was in a laptop huh…didn’t realize they came in laptops.

      1. Ed Lau says:

        Well…a Pharos USB GPS unit attached to a laptop.

        1. Gath says:

          I hadn’t heard of one in a laptopm either. This makes a bit more sense now.

  2. blabWire says:

    I use a similar system, and it has saved me MANY times.


    1. Jane May says:

      That’s why I need one!!!

    2. derrich says:

      Magellan FTW! Great system. 😎

  3. Jane May says:

    haha…I have to invest in one of those. Because I’m one of those girls that perpetuates the stereotype that women can’t drive 😛

    1. Thor Schrock says:

      LOL… I know what you mean. I can’t find my way out of a paper bag without a roadmap and my wife!

      1. Garry Conn says:

        The wife is an interesting mention as with my wife being the worst back seat driver I am lucky to get to whatever destination point (with or without a GPS!)


      2. uncle sha says:

        i thought the thumbrule is never to ask a woman for direction? hehe :mrgreen:

    2. Gath says:

      But can you navigate? My wife drives great – but is not so hot with a map.

      1. jake says:

        maps don’t make me horny either.

        1. uncle sha says:

          haha, the best line i’ve heard ever! :mrgreen:

  4. thepaperbull says:

    Turn left in two miles on Steele Avenue

    Get your money back on the Magellan John. For that kind of money it should be telling you the street name with 100% accuracy.

    It’s Steeles Ave – and it should be telling you if it’s East or West.

    1. John Chow says:

      But I didn’t pay for it. 😈

      1. Thor Schrock says:

        You gotta love the power of a top blog. Evil man, very evil!

        1. derrich says:

          Maybe he stole it? (Way more eviller) 😈

      2. Marc says:

        If you want to get really, really evil, try and get your money back anyways 😛

      3. uncle sha says:

        Freebies hur … i wanna be a top dot com evil blogger too :mrgreen:

      4. Of course you didn’t pay for it, John. 😆 I guess that just doesn’t make you evil; if anything, the heavens smile down upon you. 😎

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      I have a feeling that was a typo on John’s part and not the fault of the GPS.

      1. Jane May says:

        lol…I was thinking the same exact thing…hahah

  5. DanyO says:

    how does one get lost in Toronto? pretty much all streets run East-West and North-South, one of the easiest city to get around.

    1. John Chow says:

      When you don’t know where the street you’re trying to get to is, it’s very easy to get lost. 🙂

      1. derrich says:

        I agree. I used to get lost in Tulsa, which is viewed from above looks like a grid. 🙂

  6. Matt says:

    It’s funny, if you go past the street you should have turned on, it’ll say “If possible, make a legal U-Turn”. 😛 There aren’t very many places where a U-Turn is legal, so you really feel like it should be saying “You Moron, you pasted the street you were supposed to turn on, now turn around!”. 😛

    1. jake says:

      haha thats funny 😛

  7. Michael Kwan says:

    When I saw the title of this post, I thought it said “How I Keep Getting Lost in Toronto”

  8. jake says:

    same here Michael. i dont use one of these because i never have the time to go by one, i also hate comparison shopping.


    1. Marc says:

      Geez man… Ease off a bit. The all caps in harsh.

    2. Mr. Red says:

      Nice Jake, i go with the top commentators on Burned By The Man, same as here on john chow, people earn there links just by commenting, it goes on the right hand menu etc,

      back on topic, im to cheap to buy a gps, i’m old fashion, and suprisingly i dont get lost

    3. Jane May says:

      lol…probably not the best place to link bait Jake…that’s like link baiting on comments you leave on Digg. Not very many people dare 👿

      luckly we a fun group here!

      1. jake says:

        i guess im a daring guy. anyway sorry to everybody i offended. just wanted you guys to know you can get a free link.

        1. Jane May says:

          hehe…no worries, i dont think anyone did…i checked out your site…good stuff

  9. Hu$tler says:

    I’m checking out the MIO 310..anybody got a clue on how good this is?

  10. The Garmin Nuvi 350 from Costco is probably the best “bang for your buck” nowadays.


    1. derrich says:

      A good friend of mine got this GPS (from Costco as well) and likes it better than the GPS in his Cayenne…even though it doesn’t play videos, allow for your PS3 to be hooked up, or make you coffee. :mrgreen:

  11. shokthx says:

    I never get lost. 🙄

    1. jake says:

      you must not go anywhere.

      1. Gath says:

        :mrgreen: Now thats funny.

    2. Wish I could say the same; I’m at home doing nothing and I STILL get lost. Seriously though, I could definitely use something like the Magellan GPS Receiver. I’ve read other GPS reviews, but only a handful were as convincing.

  12. jake says:

    john you should start a forum. i can imagine it now.…. help im losing the image.

    1. Mr. Red says:

      half of it would be people complaining, and the other half would be people complaining about people complaining, viva la internet

  13. Russ says:

    heh, these are very handy. When I get a car I’m destine to buy one so I don’t ever get lost heh…I hope it shows you the shortest time and stuff to.

  14. Ronaldo says:

    In Brazil GPS devices are prohibited by traffic authorities. They say GPS could cause accidents by distracting the drivers.

    I’m not kidding.

    1. jake says:

      how can anyone in Brazil afford a gps? i was there 2 years ago and everyones dirt poor.

  15. I prefer the good old $10 map!

    1. Jane May says:

      good luck reading those suckers!

  16. Russ says:

    I cant stand the big $10 map lol, GPS or mapquest is the way to go!

    1. Multi-fold road maps…now those are driving hazards, no? GPS can definitely make life easier on the road (if you know how it works).

  17. Chris M says:

    Great GPS mate, I need to get myself one of those babies!

  18. Piggy says:

    hm it’s about 500$ though… out of my budget

  19. Running late, road rage, extra gas expenses for getting lost all the time, less time spent on the phone for asking directions — could be worth it to install a GPS after all.

  20. I had to laugh, when you used “CN Tower” as your example for using the GPS reciever. I live in Toronto and the CN Tower has to be the easiest thing to spot,since it holds the title for tallest tower in the world. I can even see it from Richmond Hill, which is like 50 KM away (well except for the smog days)

  21. Mr. Red says:

    why is all my text gone on the last post?

    1. derrich says:

      I was wondering the same about my Avatar. Just disappeared all of a sudden. 😥

  22. Matt Jones says:

    It looks pretty cool… how much did that set you back?

  23. Amanda says:

    I need one of those buggers.

  24. uncle sha says:

    wow! john chow comment area looks like a forum post these days … everyone so ‘evil’, the making of john chow clones 😈

  25. yae you should figure out how to better organize comments 😯

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