Planning a trip to Canada soon? I wish this app was out when I was offered a free trip to a Slayer concert in Saskatoon last summer.
The Canadian Tourism Commission has launched a social media platform and mobile app called “Explore Canada Like a Local,” which offers locals and visitors’ inside tips on the best of Canadian attractions while traveling through the country.
Users can build an itinerary on the site or app and follow it on their smartphone while traveling; they can connect with other travelers and add photos and reviews, and more.
For example, had I used this app I could have learned there was a Fox & Hounds Pub and Brewery in Saskatoon.
“Chicken fingers and cross-tracks, enough said,” the description reads.
Location-specific apps are popping up all over the place. San Francisco Travel Association (rebranded from the San Francisco Convention and Visitors’ Bureau in 2010) names a couple to use such as dining app Cheap Eats in San Francisco, and this SF photography guide, which lets visitors know the best spots for great photos.
But by and large the most popular travel apps are the ones that aggregate travel details and help find people good deals. Recently, Forbes named the top 10 travel apps in 2011, and the list was topped by this one.
For the Canada-bound, however, this new app warrants exploring. Check out a tutorial here.