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Experience:  Giving Directions to wayward GPS devices for over a decade. Worked in The US Army as A Network Switching Systems Operator/Controller
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I am traveling in canada and do not have canadian maps on my

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i am traveling in canada and do not have canadian maps on my garmin nuvi 55LM. Can I install. I am traveling and have a mac, but running older os system 10.7.9
JA: What is the exact model of your Garmin? And can you guesstimate how old it is?
Customer: bought it early 2016 thru amazon. garmin nuvi 55LM GPS.
JA: What troubleshooting have you tried?
Customer: i am on google trying to figure out how to load. not finding quick answer.
JA: The GPS expert can solve this for you. Anything else you want him to know before I connect you two?
Customer: i have the unit plugged into my laptop
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: GPS
Expert:  Dustin replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to assist you.

You can use your mac, and the free garmin express program to update or change the maps on your Garmin. Depending on what maps came installed, you may be able to change the region to include canada for free. Heres how ( once you have garmin express installed )

If your device shipped with the full north american maps, you can switch to a Canadian map following the page above without cost.

Most likely though, you will either need to purchase a Canada Download or SD card. Id suggest the sd card as its much simpler to use.. You can get the sd card here at a 6$ discount

Or, if you opt for the downloaded map version, you will still need a SD card to place the map on.. These steps will help you if you are using the downloaded version instead ( after you purchase the canadian map)

Download and install the map install program, Then insert the SD card into your garmin, and then connect your garmin to the mac and then run the map install progam.. it should detect your garmin and then allow you to download the new map directly to the SD card on the garmin.

If you get stuck or run into any issues, let me know.

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Dustin S.

Senior Technician and Network Switching Systems Operator / Maintainer.