I never thought I’d be writing about a map. What a sad life I must lead! WRONG! This is a post about the best map you’ll ever see. No, I don’t work for the company that make it, but I am very excited about landing in Vancouver and whipping it out (the map) in order to find our way around our new home city. I like maps, but what I don’t like is that once you open them, chances are they will remain open forever. They never fold up again as they should! Well, at least never how they were when they left the map factory, so perfectly folded and wrapped in a glossy plastic film, only to bring disappointment and anger to the person who bought it.

So when I received a gift from my sister a few months ago only to see it was a map, I’m sure she won’t mind me saying that I thought to myself “Useful, but it’ll be used only once”. Again, wrong! Because this is the greatest map to ever have graced my presence, for one simple reason. IT’S A POP OUT MAP! Yes, you heard me, just like all those children’s pop out books that I can’t reference because I don’t remember the names of any.

Just when I thought things couldn’t get any better, they did! There are in fact two pop out maps, one providing a view of the city of Vancouver, and the other a more detailed view of Downtown. If only I could show you how amazing these things actually are through still images, I considered making a film and uploading it but I think that would be going a bit far. Suffice to say the opening and closing action is of a high quality. In addition to the pop out maps for the city and Downtown there are three normal map images showing the Victoria/Vancouver area, the Pacific Northwest, and finally a detailed map of Stanley Park.

I hope by now you will all agree that this is a pretty great map. Well, the final icing on the cake, or pièce de résistance, if you’re feeling fancy, is that the map’s height is less than the size of an iPhone, and its width it about two and a bit iPhones wide (yes, my phone is the only thing I have to measure the map with to hand that will provide any real context for you). Basically, it’s small and would fit comfortably within your back pocket, or even a shirt pocket, if you’re that way inclined.

So there you have it! This is the only map you’ll need if you’re visiting Vancouver. What’s more, it’ll only cost you £3.99 from Amazon. Cashback, as Alan Partridge would say!