I have searched high and low and cannot find a solution to this problem. I have a Canon 80D with the GP-E2 GPS module. When attached to the camera it records the GPS data of a photo taken in the CR2 file. There is an option to keep it off camera in logging mode and using the now defunct Canon Map Utility you should be able to add the data from the GP-E2 logs to the photos. Support ended for this app in 2019 and it doesn't seem to work for me. Lightroom will only create sidecar files from the log data and will not embed it in the CR2 files.
Sure, I can have the unit on the camera for every shot and do what I want but I would like to have it off camera and logging and add the data to the CR2 files later not as sidecar files. I know the compass data will not port over which is fine but the location data is important to me.
I have see people using exif tool to do this with all kinds of hacks and such, I am trying to find a simple reliable way to append the log data to the photos without a ton of effort. Thanks!