There’s an app for that!

Need a flashlight? Looking for easy campsite recipes or a trail to hike? How about a new outdoor game for kids? Camping apps have exploded over the last two years. Here are a few that might beuseful for your next Ontario Parks camping trip along with links to a Canadian Living article on camping apps and an insightful and cautionary tale from National Geographic on bird apps. 

Campsite flashlighCamp cookingt, cookbook, meal planner and campfire tales

Coleman, a leading outdoor gear manufacturer of tents, lanterns, coolers stoves and more, supports Ontario Parks by supplying its Learn to Camp program with camping equipment. Coleman has produced three apps all available on iPhone – The Classic Camping Cookbook & Meal Planner, the Coleman Lantern and Campfire Tales which is a collection of scary stories to read around the campfire with categories for kids, teens and adults.

Ontario trails

Ontario Trails Council has a mobile app that lets you search Ontario trails by city, by name, or nearby. Trail activities include cycling (off road and roads), equestrian, hiking and walking, running and snowshoe and backcountry.

First Aid

The St John Ambulance app has the latest first aid advice and protocols for dealing with emergencies. It includes illustrated guides and voice instructions.


You can make a small donation or download this Royal Astronomical Society Clear Sky Chartfor free on Android or iPhones.

Bird apps

There’s been a proliferation of bird apps in recent years and now there’s a big debate on whether or not bird apps that are helpful to birders, may, in some cases be harmful to bird populations. This National Geographic magazine article offers some best practice tips for bird app users.