In the age of digital technology, apps are an important part of the technologically-savvy way. What are some of the most useful apps Torontonians or visitors need to explore Toronto? Here is the list and descriptions of some of our suggestions (in no particular order):
*We are constantly updating this list with new applications for your phone. If you discover a new release before us or you want to share your experience, let us know in the comments below.
1. The Best of Toronto, by Baffled by Travel (2010/2011 edition)
2. Toronto in Time App (free)
3. Mobilefring Toronto Eatons Centre App (free)
4. The Globe and Mail App (free)
5. Transit Apps (TTC, GO, etc.)
6. CityTV iPad App
7. Coffee Apps
8. Toronto Maple Leafs App
9. Toronto PATH App
10. Green P App
11. Toronto Bike Map App
12. Virgin Radio App
13. The Swim Guide App
14. Zeitag TO
15. Apps for Toronto Malls – Dufferin, Scarborough, Yorkdale
16. Bloor-Yorkville App
17. The Air Canada App (free), Developed by IBM Canada
18. The AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) App
1. The Best of Toronto, by Baffled by Travel (2010/2011 edition):
This easy-to-use, stylish app places the best of Toronto right at your fingertips. The app features:
• Sights and Attractions – more than 100 Toronto sites and attractions, including museums, local favourites, and places for kids
• Food & Drink – over 400 top-reviewed restaurants featuring over 30 different cuisines, local favourites, the best bars and pubs, cocktail lounges, new hotspots, and cheap, good eats
• Arts & Entertainment – information on Toronto’s live-theatre productions, along with the best music and dance venues
• Shopping & Hotels – over 100 of the best stores for women and men’s clothing, books, and specialty shops, coupled with the best hotels in the area for several different price ranges and styles (luxury, bed-and-breakfast, family-friendly, and business accommodation)
The app features amazing photos, videos, and articles, and the places can be easily sorted by price, location, alphabetical order, distance from your location, and more. You can save your favourites and use this app not only to explore areas in the downtown core, but also Midtown, Uptown, the Waterfront, High Park area, The Beach, and The Danforth — with directions and information for the best places in the outlying areas. Oh, and even with all that amazing information, the app is still free!
2. Toronto in Time App (free):
Get ready to explore Toronto’s long gone past as you go grab a coffee! This free mobile app for iOS and Android reveals more than 150 historical sites and events around the city. Discover the old stories, walk the suggested trails with short commentary, compare the look of the city through “then and now” photos and slideshows! History is all around us and now you have the exclusive access to all these incredible stories and pieces of information. Some of the comments were written by the team from Historicist (Toronto’s history series) so be prepared to learn some interesting facts! The authors promise more content being added along the way!
3. Mobilefring Toronto Eatons Centre App (free):
an app that has an interactive map and store directory and caters to any shopper’s needs. Whether you are a shopaholic who needs to know all the best deals, or a frazzled visitor who needs a guide to get you through the maze of a mall, the Eatons Centre app can do it all!
4. The Globe and Mail App (free):
This is an app that brings you the latest in local and national news, making your commute a little less boring and a lot more fun!
5. Transit Apps (TTC, GO, etc.):
Toronto is a commuter city; apps like those of the TTC or Go Transit will make your commute so much easier. With options to plan your route, live updates on Go Bus and Go Train schedules, and easy-to-navigate functions, both these travel apps will save you a lot of hassle.
6. CityTV iPad App:
This amazing app allows Canadians to view popular shows like Modern Family, Cougar Town, 30 Rock, Fringe, and The Biggest Loser. Along with full episodes of TV shows, you can view clips of interviews, extras, and webisodes. In addition, you can watch the Canadian morning show Breakfast Television live from 6:00 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. EST. One of the best features of the app is the notifications you can receive about your favourite TV shows. Best of all, the app is completely free!
7. Coffee Apps:
Everyone likes a cup of their favourite morning java to put them in a good mood! Whether your patriotic feelings for coffee means you love Tim Hortons or you prefer Starbucks, both apps – The Timmy Me app and the myStarbucks app – will help you find the closest coffee place to you!
Ready to show some serious Toronto pride? Coined the “The Official Mobile App of Leafs Nation,” this app will give you everything you need to track the Toronto Maple Leafs on your iPhone or iPod Touch. You can get live NHL hockey scores, stats, standings, schedules, team news, and video — right at the touch of your fingertips. And to boot, it’s free!
9. Toronto PATH App:
Have you ever walked downtown Toronto and seen the colourful PATH signs? Certainly, if you have wandered into the maze of 2,000 retail stores that pepper the PATH, a map could do you some good! This app locates your position and any store/business easily, has an interactive map, and will even update you with the latest promotions! Have no fear! Downtown Toronto is easy to conquer!
10. Green P App:
In our article “Toronto for the Technologically-Savvy,” we told you about the website GreenP (for Parking) that helps you maneuver through the chaos of parking in downtown Toronto. Now, GreenP even has an app! With the best priced-parking suggestions in the city, the $0.99 GreenP app is worth the money! Plus, you pay for it once, and you can download it onto your iPhone, iPod Touch, and even iPad for no extra cost!
11. Toronto Bike Map App:
Time to get off your tush, and save some money on parking! Toronto (which, incidentally, is Canada’s largest city) is a great place to travel by bicycle. With plenty of bike lanes and paths, you have an untapped network to access at your fingertips! This free app shows you “bike-friendly” routes, as well as all the locations of designated bike routes in Toronto. Time to start cycling!
12. Virgin Radio App:
Virgin Radio, which touts itself as “Canada’s #1 Hit Music Station” has a highly popular app available on iTunes. You can listen to hit music, call/email/sms the station, enter contests, read the station’s blog entries, share music titles that you are listening to with friends, or even check out and buy recently played songs!
13. The Swim Guide App:
What is the best solution on a hot July summer afternoon? Swimming! The Swim Guide App is a brilliant app with rave reviews. It provides you with hundreds of descriptions of different beaches in Ontario, BC, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. You can find the best beaches in a city like Toronto, with an interactive map that provide walking, driving, and transit directions. More importantly, The Swim Guide will give you information about pollution issues or environmental concerns for the area, and will include descriptions of the beach and water quality. The Swim Guide App is an integral part of planning a family long weekend location. Happy Swimming!
14. Zeitag TO:
Ever wondered what a city looked liked 40, 50 or 100 years ago? The first of a planned series, Zeitag TO transports you back into Toronto’s history. Zeitag TO pinpoints where you are on a map, and then displays historical photographs near by. “In the downtown core, where photographs exist close together, you can create your own walking tour of the past.” This app includes more than five hundred photographs of the city dating from the nineteenth century to the 1980s. In addition, you can tap the “Info” button to reveal archival information, geographical coordinates, and original captions. This cool app is perfect for visitors, students and teachers, or anyone interested in historical Toronto.
15. Apps for Toronto Malls – Dufferin Mall, Scarborough Town Centre, Yorkdale Mall:
Looking for more info for a mall in Toronto? Be sure to search the iTunes library for free apps on the all the major malls, which will feature interactive directories and the latest promotions.
16. Bloor-Yorkville App:
The Bloor-Yorkville area is one of Toronto’s most celebrated neighbourhoods. Now the official Bloor-Yorkville app allows you to experience this area’s blend of culture and style. With information on upcoming events, jobs, and door-to-store directions for over 1600 shops and services, this free app will get you where you want to go!
17. The Air Canada App (free), Developed by IBM Canada:
This app lets you customize your flights and check updated statuses, and it offers mobile-check in and even car rentals! In a city that has a lot of commercial development, business managers are always flying in and out of the city. Whether the Air Canada app is integral to your work life, or simply is beneficial during personal travel, an Air Canada traveler should consider this app an important asset to their travel experience. The app has been rated one of the best iTunes apps of 2009, and will make your travelling much easier and less stressful!
The Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America, with over 80,000 works in its collection, spanning from 1000 A.D. to the present. This AGO app will act as a handheld visitor’s guide to plan your experience, and will provide you with detailed information about the works of art in order to allow you to engage in the experience. With floor plans and an audio guide, this app is a real gem. Be sure to download this app prior to your visit!
The apps above are sure to enhance your experience in Toronto. Whether you need to find reasonably-priced parking to attend an event downtown or check out one of our real estate listings, or you are looking for a map that will show you bike routes in Toronto, these apps have you covered!
Welcome to your virtual tour of Toronto!