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Canada, eh?  by Saperle

Saperle says: As a Canadian ex-pat, around the time of American elections I always get a fair number of folks approaching me half-seriously asking, so what's it like in Canada? This list can help you answer that question, get to and across that 49th parallel, and keep you amused while you're there. Enjoy, eh? (Warning: List may contain massive national stereotypes. Ya hoser.)
Saperle's picks
  1. CBC Radio Live Stream
    CBC Radio Live Stream This nifty little app lets you stream and listen to several CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) radio stations from Toronto to Yellowknife. The app also includes recent news, and, a bit randomly, a built in app to tweet from. Catch up on all things Canadian, even before you get there!
  2. News Canada
    News Canada This app lets you scan Canadian news by national news source (in both English and French)--say, the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, La Presse, CTV and the Globe and Mail-- by topic, or by local news sources. It even has a source dedicated entirely to Cricket scores! Oddly organized and a little clunky, this app is still a great way to find out all that's going on in Canada that you'd never find out from the media outside the country.
  3. Canada Trivia
    Canada Trivia Although it's a little easy if you're a native Canuck, this app is likely to stump anyone who appeared on Rick Mercer's infamous, "Talking to Americans" with its mix of Canadian civics, pop culture, and geography questions.
  4. BorderPass FREE for US Borders
    BorderPass FREE for US Borders This app tells you what kind of wait you can expect at the border should you decide to drive to Canada from the US. It can't tell you what's happening at any given time, but it predicts, based on previous wait times, what your wait time is likely to be in the next 8 hours. It can also detect what the closest border crossing is to you, and it can let you pick which one you prefer. Don't forget your passport!
  5. GoExplore Canada
    GoExplore Canada So you've arrived in Canada. What next? This app has tours based on your province, city, and what kinds of tourism you're into. I definitely can vouch that the Toronto 'Fun' tour hits all the major amusing activities/sites in the city and surrounding areas.
  6. Hockey Canada Mobile
    Hockey Canada Mobile Hockey--love it or get out. Or if you're a blasphemer like myself, just keep this app handy to pull up some recent Canadian hockey-related news to fake your devotion.
  7. Play! Curling
    Play! Curling Curling, of course, originated in Scotland and is played all over the world, but it is particularly near and dear to Canada. In fact, the Montreal Curling Club became the first organized sporting club in North America in 1807. This slick app lets you play a version of this bizarrely appealing game against your friend or the computer, and it may not be exactly like being right there on the ice, but it's the next best thing.
  8. Urbanspoon Restaurant Reviews
    Urbanspoon Restaurant Reviews This brilliant restaurant-finding app works not just in the US but in Canada as well. I recommend using it to find the perfect Poutine, a French-Canadian dish involving french fries, cheese curds, and gravy. Bon appetite!
  9. Google Translate
    Google Translate While English will get you along just fine in most of Canada, Canada is still an officially bilingual country, and you may need French to get by in Quebec and parts of Eastern Canada.
  10. TimFinder
    TimFinder Tim Hortons is a Canadian staple--a chain coffee-shop/restaurant. Whether you're "rolling up the rim to win," drinking an Iced Capp, or have a craving for a nanaimo bar or a donut, this app can help you find the nearest store. It's not quite as nifty as the official "TimmyMe" app for iPhone and Blackberry, but it'll do the trick.



Hi Sara, your list got referred to in this article:

Go Explore Canada Named One of the Best Canadian Smartphone Apps


Reply to comment Posted January 27, 2011