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Some of the best apps to make your trip to Alberta better

Jennifer Allford

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Jun 12, 2018 - 4 minute read

Alberta is a pretty big place – bigger than all of the U.K. in fact – and your small screen can help you make the best of it. Whether you’re looking for the perfect hike, campground or city food truck, here are some apps for your mobile device to make your trip better. Charge up your phone and get exploring.

DISCOVER

Parks Canada: Alberta is home to five National Parks from Wood Buffalo at the top to Waterton Lakes at the bottom. Whether you’re hiking in the mountain parks of Jasper or Banff or checking out buffalo at Elk Island near Edmonton - this app provides trail maps, hidden gems and special events. It also helps you plan itineraries and share your pretty photos on your feeds. 

Available for iOS and Android.

 

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DRIVING

GyPSy Guide: Forget Spotify for your road trip through Alberta. Download this app and choose from a whack of guided tours in the province for a few bucks each. From learning about dinosaurs to bears, the app is loaded with hundreds of places, stories and tips.  It’s just like having a tour guide along for the ride, but they don’t hog the front seat or have to stop to use the can. If you download before your trip, the app won’t burn through your data or need WiFi either. 

Available of iOS and Android.

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CYCLING

VeloGuide: So you want to go for a ride but you’re not sure where to go and don’t have time to hit up local bike shops to find out? This app lines you up with a local cycling geek who will take you out and show off some serious scenery. Whether you want to go easy or clock some hardcore mileage, your VeloGuide will show you the best places to ride in Alberta, on the road or in the mountains. They can also line you up with a quality rental bike. 

Available on Web only.

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MOUNTAIN BIKING

Trailforks: With detailed maps, difficulty ratings and up-to-date information about 2,300 mountain bike trails in Alberta, Trailforks helps you find the perfect trail—urban or mountain, beginner or extreme, well known or hidden away. The app includes a database of recent reviews about trail quality, plus photos and videos from other riders so you’ll get all the info you need about where to head out for a day—or days—of adventure. 

Available on iOS and Android.

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HIKING

AllTrails: Detailed trail maps plus plenty of reviews and photos from other hikers help make this this app as indispensable as your water bottle. With easy-to-use filters you can find exactly what you need—different trails for hiking/running/biking, dog-friendly and/or kid friendly, big views and/or big scree. And once you find the perfect trail, you can record your pace, elevation and distance and share your Alberta adventure with your friends back home.

Available on iOS and Android.

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FISHING

iFish Alberta: This app tells you everything you need to know about fishing, profiling more than 700 lakes, ponds and reservoirs across Alberta. Search your fishing hole by name or proximity--from the world-famous Bow River to a tiny trout pond—get directions to the boat launch, check the weather and the catch limits. Other anglers share intel and there’s plenty of info on the different fish species swimming around Alberta. The app can also store your fishing licenses and record your catch. 

Available for iOS and Android.

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EATING

Street food Edmonton + Calgary: Hungry? With apps for food trucks and food carts in Calgary and Edmonton, you can find the best street food near you when your stomach starts growling. The schedules are updated every day and include daily specials from dozens of inventive chefs. Whether you have a hankering for buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches from Drift in Edmonton or apple pie perogies from Perogy Boyz in Calgary, this app will get you where you need to go. 

Edmonton, available for iOS and Android.

Calgary, available for iOS and Android.

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GAZING

Aurorasaurus: Alberta is a great place to see wild green, red, purple and yellow lights dancing in the night sky. But you can’t always stand around waiting for the Aurora Borealis. This app, built by scientists, incorporates information from NASA and citizen scientists (including the Alberta Aurora Chasers) to give you the lowdown on when to look up. Whether you’re in one of Alberta’s dark sky preserves or camping near a clearing, this app will help you turn the lights on. 

Available for Web only.

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CAMPING

Alberta Campground Guide: Alberta has more than 550 campgrounds—from backcountry mountain hideaways to full-service RV lots lakeside—and this app will line you up with the right one to be, well, a happy camper. It’s loaded up with all the deets on private, national, provincial and municipal campgrounds. You can search by name or location and apply filters to help you find a spot based on everything from baseball diamonds to bathrooms.  

Available for Web only.

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GAMING

Mystery Town Tours: It’s like a giant escape room, but outdoors. This game will send clues to your phone via text message or an app. You and your group then solve the clues by exploring places in Calgary or Canmore. Great for small groups of people, the game will challenge your observational and thinking powers, and makes for a fun day with friends.

Available for Web only.

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HIT THE LINKS

Golfind: You could spend years golfing in Alberta and never play the same course twice. That’s now many are in the province. With such a selection, however, how do you choose? That’s where Golfind comes in. It’s a robust listing site of 331 courses in Alberta, with information, links and even bookable tee-time links for many of them. Pull out that furry teddy-bear club headcover and get planning. 

Available Web only.

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Others to check out

There are many more great apps that can help make your trip to Alberta memorable, but it’s impossible to list them all. Here are a few more worth a look: 
The History Check app on iOS gives you insight into the heritage and culture of northern Alberta
Mountain Apps Inc offers several iOS apps that offer insight into travelling the Canadian Rockies
Parking Panda on iOS and Android can help find open parking spaces in Edmonton and Calgary
 
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