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Latitude and longitude basics for the modern explorer!

As you can tell we are passionate about geographic coordinates, especially Canada's. We're even more passionate about our 60°N 95°W line of quality made in Canada apparel. We've put together an informational post on how to view the latitude and longitude on your iPhone and Android's photos based on the location that you took them. In addition, we'll show you how to turn coordinates from degrees, minutes, seconds (DMS) to decimal format using a simple formula.

The earth's latitude and longitue gridlines

iOS and Android Instructions:

To get the latitude and longitude of your location you first need to:

  • Turn ON your location services in your privacy settings. This will record your location in the photos metadata.
  • To view the metadata of the photos you’ve taken download an Exif and GPS viewer app like Koredoko - Exif and GPS viewer. This will show the latitude and longitude coordinates of where the picture was taken.
  • In the Koredoko app you will see that the picture has the latitude and longitude of where the picture was taken. Click on the (i) beside the coordinates and you will see the metadata of the photo from where you can copy the latitude and longitude coordinates.
  • To place the coordinates on a photo simply download any photo editor app where you can add text to your photos. With this app you can paste the coordinates to your photos and post it on our Instagram page. This way, others can look up where you took the photo.

Map of Canada with latitude and longitude gridlines

Used with permission from SuperTeacherWorksheets.com

Converting Latitude and Longitude to Decimal Format:

If you are given coordinates in ° ' " (degrees, minutes, seconds) there is a simple formula to converting the coordinate to decimal format:  D + (M/60) + (S/60)

Divide the ' (minutes) by 60 and divide the " (seconds) by 60 and add them to the ° (degree) value. If there are no (“) seconds then just calculate the (‘) minutes using the formula.

Example:             Latitude:  43° 40.00'N      Divide 40.00 by 60 =.67 and add to 43 = 43.67

                           Longitude: 79° 24.00’W    Divide 24 by 60 = .4 and add to 79 = 79.40

Map of Canada with numerous latitude and longitude degrees

Google Maps and Maps app on iPhone:

Entering coordinates into Google Maps can be tricky and might give you the wrong location if your coordinates are entered incorrectly. If you have coordinates to a location and want to look them up there are two ways to enter coordinates into Google Maps and the Maps app on iPhone:

  • 43° 40’ 00”,-79° 24’ 00” (Note there is no space after the comma)
  • 43.666667,-79.4 (These decimal degrees were created with the above formula)

Note: The minus (-) character is required as Canada is west of the Prime Meridian (Western Hemisphere) which is 0° Longitude and passes through Greenwich, England.

Armed with this bit of knowledge you're now ready to start exploring all that Canada has to offer. And if you happen to find yourself at exactly 60°N 95°W we'd love some photos. :)