Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Could you tell us how to get to......?"

We make it a habit to carry a small map when we go on our walks in the neighbourhood. We use it to make notes of the location of interesting finds along the way. We usually pack a spare which we can give away to any tourists finding themselves lost in the meandering ever name-changing streets of the Gonzales/Oak Bay area. But sometimes even maps can lead you astray.
Here is a bird's eye view of a little corner of Harling Point. You'll notice that Maquinna St. and Penzance Rd do not join. Actually there is a tiny, rocky, public path that joins the two – but no road.
Here is how MapQuest, correctly, maps the non-intersection:
While Google Maps enthusiastically decides to intersect the two roads:
And the Tourism Victoria official free tourist map follows suit:

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