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

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

Getting Around During the Olympics

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to converge on downtown Vancouver for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, plus road closures and very limited parking, the easiest, fastest and safest way to get around Vancouver during the Games will be public transportation.

But don’t worry: Vancouver’s public transportation is up to the task, with new lines and new routes, plus fast, effective rapid transit.

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Getting Around During the Olympics

Canada Line Opens for Transit

canada-line
Today was the opening day for the Canada Line, the much-anticipated rapid transit system that connects downtown Vancouver to the Vancouver International Airport, Richmond and Sea Island. On the Canada Line, you can get from downtown Vancouver to the airport in just 26 minutes.

Canada Line Map and Travel Times

The $2 billion system was due to open in November 2009, in time for the 2010 Olympics, but was completed ahead of schedule. After a grand opening ceremony today, the line opened for business and 30,000 people poured through the doors in the first three hours.

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Canada Line Opens for Transit