05 February, 2015
Hiking the Bruce Trail? We’ve got an app for that.
If map folding has never been your forte, have no fear, the Bruce Trail App for iPhone and iPad has arrived. The new iPhone and iPad compatible mobile application offers on-screen maps of the trail from Niagara to Tobermory.
The Bruce Trail App offers more than 40 official topographic maps, as found in the printed Bruce Trail Reference, Map and Trail Guide. Users are encouraged to first download the most recent trail maps and trail information at home, so that details are cached on your smartphone should you encounter spotty cellular reception along the Trail. Maps are continuously updated with information and helpful navigational tools, and are accessible with or without cell coverage.
App users can calculate their hiking distances and track their location on the trail when using the GPS function. As many Bruce Trail enthusiasts also enjoy geo-caching, the Bruce Trail app can also be used to hide and find caches along the Trail. A camera feature allows users to plot any photos snapped with their device and shows them on the Trail map. Hikers can then share those photos via text message or email, or upload them to popular social media sites like Facebook, Twitter or Tumbler.
The Bruce Trail App is now available for $8.99 at the iTunes store and there are plans to release an Android version by late 2015 or early 2016. After the app’s development costs are covered, proceeds will be used to support trail development and conservation work. Purchase yours here