New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

About a week ago, during Afternoon Tea at VanDusen Botanical Garden’s Truffles Cafe, I met Annemarie Tempelman-Kluit: Vancouverite, mom, and the founder of yoyomama, a parent- and kid-related resource for families across the Lower Mainland. As a busy, on-the-go parent, Annemarie knew first-hand how frustrating it can be to find things to do with the kids on any given day (I feel her pain!), so she and yoyomamma created “an app for that:” OnTheGoKids, a free iPhone app for finding kid and family activities in Vancouver.

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New, Free App for Finding Family Activities in Vancouver: OnTheGoKids

Free Ocean Wise iPhone App Helps You Support Sustainable Seafood

By now, most Vancouverites know about Ocean Wise, the non-profit organization founded by the Vancouver Aquarium to support and promote sustainable seafood. Most of Vancouver’s top seafood restaurants carry the Ocean Wise seal of approval next to their sustainable seafood menu items, and there are now Ocean Wise restaurants participating in the program across Canada.

To help you find restaurants and markets that use Ocean Wise sustainable seafood, there’s now a free Ocean Wise iPhone App that covers over 3,000 Ocean Wise restaurants, markets and supplier venues from coast to coast, as well as a comprehensive list of ocean-friendly seafood options.

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Free Ocean Wise iPhone App Helps You Support Sustainable Seafood

New, Free App for Vancouver Parks

Almost two years ago, Metro Vancouver debuted their iParks Explorer App, a mobile guide to Metro Vancouver’s 22 regional parks. At the time, many wondered why there wasn’t a similar app for City of Vancouver Parks. Now there is. Last month, the Vancouver Park Board unveiled their new, free app for iPhone, iPad and iTouch, the Vancouver Parks App.

The new Vancouver Parks app features all of Vancouver’s 200+ city parks, providing information on each park’s amenities and facilities as well as park photos, plus directions for reaching the parks closest to your current location.  Users can also search for Vancouver parks by map or by alphabetical order and create lists of personal favourites.

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New, Free App for Vancouver Parks

Find Free Parking in Vancouver with the Free Park ‘in’ Spot App

Free Vancouver Park 'in' Spot App

Anyone who has ever driven in Vancouver knows that finding parking—even pay parking, especially downtown—can be difficult. Of course, the best way to deal with limited parking is to bike or take public transit, but sometimes you just need to drive.

Vancouver developers at A Step Above Apps launched a free app for iPhone, iTouch, and iPad in April 2011 that is designed to help Vancouver drivers find parking. Called the Park ‘in’ Spot App, the app has a built-in GPS function that pinpoints your location and then shows you the locations of all nearby parking, including free street parking spaces and the rates for nearby public lots and parking meters.

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Find Free Parking in Vancouver with the Free Park ‘in’ Spot App

8 Must-Have Smart Phone Apps for Summer in Vancouver

Bard on the Beach's new iPhone App.

Summer in Vancouver is one of the best times of year for festivals, outdoor adventures and exploring the city. And there are loads of (often free) smart phone apps to help you make the most of Vancouver’s summer months.

8 Must-Have Smart Phone Apps for Summer in Vancouver

1. TransLink App – Free
This free app from TransLink helps you get around Vancouver easily by letting you access complete schedules for buses, SkyTrain, Canada Line, WestCoast Express and SeaBus.

2. Vancouver Tap App – Free
Find free sources for refilling your water bottles—a necessity in summer—with this free app from Metro Vancouver.

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8 Must-Have Smart Phone Apps for Summer in Vancouver

New, FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone & iPad

Screenshot of the Vancouver Street Food App

It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a year since Vancouver’s street food scene exploded (due a new-in-2010 initiative); today, there are over 20 Vancouver street food vendors serving everything from Pan-Asian and Dim Sum to pulled pork sandwiches, pizza and fresh croissants at locations throughout the downtown core. (For a look at the vendors, see Remy’s post Vancouver Street Food: The Complete List of Food Carts.)

Want to know where the nearest Vancouver street food cart is? Or whether or not Re-Up BBQ or Cartel Taco are open? Now there’s an App for that: the FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

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New, FREE Vancouver Street Food App for iPhone & iPad

Explore Metro Vancouver Parks with the New, Free iParks Explorer App

A few weeks ago, Remy wrote about the new iPhone and iPad app from Metro Vancouver that shows you where to find drinking water in Vancouver; now Metro Vancouver has released another free app: the iParks Explorer.

Screenshot of the IParks Explorer on an iPhone

The iParks Explorer is a mobile guide to Metro Vancouver’s 22 regional parks—from Aldergrove Lake in the south to Lynn Headwaters in the north and all regional parks between—with maps, photos, information about park features, advisories, a calendar of events, and more. The app can also give you directions to the parks from your location.

Metro Vancouver has plans to develop versions for Blackberry and Android, and will continue to develop the iParks Explorer app, adding interactive maps and streaming video to future versions.

Have you used the iParks Explorer app? Please leave a review in the comments!