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Top 5 Apps for Vancouver Visitors

Chunky guide books take up too much room in your carry-on. When you need Vancouver info right now, take these helpful mobile apps in hand instead:

Tourism Vancouver: start with this free destination-specific app developed by Vancouver’s official tourism board

  • for Windows Mobile, Android Mobile and iPhone
  • interactive tourist guide with integrated street navigation of Vancouver and Whistler
  • mapping and navigation to all local points of interest including hotels, restaurants and attractions
  • one-touch reservations
  • What to Do section and seasonal events calendar
  • transportation planner
  • emergency services information
  • ability to “footprint” photos and replay them on Google Earth
  • ability to receive updated weather reports and news flashes

NearMeBC: this free app from Hello BC, the province’s official tourism organization, quickly points you to the hotels, restaurants, watering holes or attractions nearest your location

  • for iPhone
  • includes 4,000 listings province-wide
  • particularly helpful for last-minute “where should we go tonight?” decisions
  • information can be marked and saved for review off-line

Yelp: this free app gives you easy access to one of Vancouver’s most popular user-generated review sites

  • for Blackberry, Palm Pre, Android and iPhone
  • particularly helpful for hospitality-related reviews: bars, restaurants, lounges, hotels
  • search by category–ie, “pizza, Thai”–or name

Groupon: find great daily deals at Vancouver restaurants, bars, spas, events and attractions with this free app

  • for iPhone and Android and “vintage” mobiles
  • find deals for any city where Groupon is active
  • one-touch downloading
  • keep track of deals by location, date and expiration
  • discount coupons are redeemable right from your phone

EnRoute/Air Canada Dining Guide: a free app from the publisher of one of Canada’s most reliable Top New Restaurants lists

  • for iPhone and Blackberry
  • province-specific dining recommendations based on EnRoute’s picks since 2002
  • current Top 10 Best New Restaurants
  • special wine features, route maps and more

>>Related link: New free app tracks Vancouver street food

>>Ready to book a flight? Learn more here about how to find cheap fares to Vancouver.

>>Find more official tourism organizations in Canada here.