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Install CBDR MicroSd card and Import Waypoints

Install the supplied MicroSd card in your Zumo unit. Be careful, the slot and holder for the card are fragile. You need to slide the metal retainer towards the outer edge of the unit to release the card.


Turn on the unit, if you don’t see a progress bar loading maps, you likely won’t see any new maps in "Settings"  "Maps and Vehicle"  “My Maps”.

Garmin has changed where the Zumo firmware looks for Map Files on recent units. So the files have to be in two folders on the MicroSD card, and "some" units will find both copies.  If your unit offers you the same CBDR map twice, just enable (check mark) one of the maps.

Your Zumo may need a hard reboot to recognise the new microsd card.

To hard reboot: Hold power key until you are prompted to “Turn off the device” pick “Ok”.

Then Long hold the power key to re-start.

The MicroSd card does not contain any Tracks. The CBDR ride is displayed as a Garmin format map, which is much easier to read than a track. You can see the wide blue route in the samples below.


First, some basic settings:

Go to  "Settings"  then "Map & Vehicle"

Find "Auto Zoom" change that to "Disabled" or "Manual". The Auto setting zooms in and out on the map according to your speed. On Manual / Disabled, it will stay at whatever level zoom level you pick.

If you are new to GPS navigation, I suggest you try a zoom level of 120 meters for your normal level. Zoom in or out as needed, but return to 120 m.


Next in “Map Detail” change that to “More” instead of “Normal”. With the “More” setting the CBDR route lines show at zoom level 8 km. On “Normal” you must zoom in to 1.6 km level to see the route lines.

If you find the map re-draw is slow, then change back to "Normal" map detail.


Importing Waypoint Symbols for the CBDR.

All the Zumo units use the automotive operating system, so the waypoints for the CBDR do not display normally. All you get in the Zumo is the name of the waypoint displayed in black text. This is Ok, but is difficult to read while riding. You can display both the waypoint symbols and text by importing the waypoints to a collection, then editing the symbols. I recommend you make the effort to import the waypoints, but it's your choice. Below is a sample of both options.

No import, no editing

No import of Waypoints.jpg

After import and editing

After import of Waypoints.jpg

This method has only been tested on a Zumo XT.  Please let me know if it works on any other models.

To import and edit Waypoints you need to have Garmin “Explore” and Garmin “Drive” Apps installed on your computer or tablet and enabled. I haven’t tried this on a phone but Garmin says it works.


Next connect your Zumo to your computer with the OEM cable. You will get a message  “Entering File Transfer Mode” select “Continue”.

Your Zumo will show up as an additional hard drive in your file manager. (Windows Explorer)

On you web browser Go to to open your Garmin Explore app

                Select the “Map” tab from the top menu bar

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Select “Add Collection” by clicking the + sign beside Collections on the left menu column

Name the Collection  “Kootenay CBDR 2022”  click “Next” in the bottom of the Collection column.

Do not “Make this Collection Visible on Map Share”


Do select your Zumo under “Sync this Collection to these Devices”


Click “Save Collection” in the bottom of that column.

You will get a pop-up notifying you that a “Sync will be Required” this is automated, no worries.


You may get an error (Connection to server difficulties), to fix, unplug the Zumo and turn it on. Once the error clears, re-connect the Zumo to your computer.

Explore Name Collection.jpg
Explore Import.jpg
Explore Import Dialog Box sml.jpg
Explore Import Data sml.jpg
Select Waypoint file to import sml.jpg
Import Data Preview sml.jpg

On the main Explore screen, In the upper right corner, click on the down arrow to “Import”


In the Import dialog box select “Import as Tracks”


Then select “Add your imported items to existing Collections”


Then select the new “Kootenay CBDR 2022” that you made earlier.


Click “Next”




Select the file to import by clicking on the center box of the “Import Data” dialog box.




Navigate to your Zumo drive in your file manager (left column, Zumo will appear like a hard drive)

Click on Zumo

This opens a window with “Internal Storage” and “Memory Card”, select “Memory Card”

Pick the file name “ Waypoints Kootenay CBDR 2022”

When you get the Import Data preview, click "Import"

Kootenay Collection Blue Flags.jpg
Waypoint Symbols Used sml.jpg
Waypoints Done.jpg

You will see your Kootenay CBDR 2022 collection now has 159 waypoints, “Click” on the collection to open it as a list of waypoints.


You can see that all the waypoint names have been imported, but all the symbols have been replaced with a Blue Flag.


We need to edit the waypoints to show the correct symbols.


To start select all 159 waypoints, click on the top waypoint, hold the shift key, scroll down to the last waypoint and select that. This will pick all the waypoints.

Now click on the “pencil” icon next to any selected waypoint, it will pop-up as “Select Icon to Switch”

Do not pick the "pencil" icon up at the collection name.


Pick the Yellow Flag from the pop-out box of waypoint symbols.   Then pick "Change" on the symbol change dialog pop-up.

All the waypoints now have a Yellow Flag symbol, the yellow shows up better than the green and many of the waypoints can retain that yellow flag symbol.



Next you change the symbol for the Gas Stations, Campsites, Motels and Restaurants.


You change one group at a time. To select the group to change, pick the first Gas Station waypoint, then hold down the Ctrl key while you select the rest of the gas stations.

Once you have your list of waypoints to change, click on the “pencil” icon for any gas station and select the Green Gas Station symbol (find it in the Transportation list).


Repeat this process for Campsites, Motels and Restaurants.

You may miss one or two as you do the groups, you can find and change those symbols by scanning the remaining waypoints showing yellow flags.

When you are done you can just close the website. Your Zumo will be synced by the explore and drive apps, so you will see that new collection and the waypoints in your unit. If you find a few more waypoints later that you want to change symbols, You can do that in the ZUMO unit by picking them from the map page and editing them one at a time.

The final thing to do is "Set your waypoint collection" to be visible on the map.

Enjoy your ride!

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