Put technology to work for you and your family this summer and get organized with an app. Whether you’re planning a camping trip, watching the weather, or monitoring your mail, there’s an app out there that’s guaranteed to make your life a little easier.
Parks Canada Learn to Camp
Camping is a fun and affordable way for your family to enjoy the Canadian wilderness this summer. Delight in the simple pleasure of spending time outdoors, lounging by a lake or staring up at a vast, starry sky. If you’re new to camping and could use some help, download the free Learn to Camp app from Parks Canada. Even veteran campers can make use of the app’s packing checklists and recipe suggestions for campfire cookouts. There’s also information and photos of all 42 National Parks, making it easy to decide which campground is best suited for your summer holiday.
Whatever you’re planning this summer, whether it’s a camping trip or backyard BBQ, you’ll want to be certain the weather will cooperate. Make sure you’re always on top of the latest conditions with the free Weather Office app, with forecasts from Environment Canada. Fast, reliable and easy to read, the app offers hour-by-hour forecasts, local radar reports and information on relevant watches and warnings in your area. Install this app and make sure you never get caught in stormy weather!
Heading somewhere this summer where they don't speak your language? No problem. With Google Translate, you'll be able to get by. This free app helps you understand and decipher 90 different languages. Can't make sense of a sign somewhere? Just point your phone's camera at it and get an instant translation, even when you're not connected to the internet. Set the app to conversation mode, then chat back and forth in two languages while it translates everything in real time. Use it as a dictionary, or save select words and their translations to your personal phrasebook. From Arabic and Basque to Yiddish and Zulu, this impressive app has you covered almost everywhere
Forget packing paperbacks and magazines to read by the pool this summer. Take all your favourite online content along on your next trip with the free Pocket app. When you see interesting articles, videos or recipes, save them to your Pocket. Later on, even if you’re not online, you’ll be able to access your saved stuff on any device that has the app – whether it’s your phone, tablet or laptop. After you’ve read something, you can share it to a friend’s Pocket account, or post it to your social media profiles.
While you’re on the go this summer, take your important mail with you. Download Canada Post’s free epost app to access bills and statements anywhere you end up. Safe and secure, the app is integrated with major banks and credit unions to simplify bill payments. It can also send you email and text reminders, making sure you’ll never miss incoming mail or payment due dates. Simple and convenient, the epost app lets you relax and know you’re still on top of things back home, even while you’re off enjoying yourself elsewhere.
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