Best app series: Best apps to plan your next camping trip


While there’s nothing like a little human interaction, we’ve complied the best apps by activity in this series of ten, for when humanity is just a little too much. Here is our last instalment, the “Best apps to plan your next camping trip.”

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1. Parks Canada Learn to Camp (Free) 

Great for kids and first time campers, this app has everything you need to know to get out there and enjoy our national parks. “Photos, videos and information about the basics of camping: how to plan your trip, how to set up your campsite, how to make a campfire, meal planning, camping with children” as well as recipes to make at your campsite.

2. NASA app (Free)

Over 14,000 pictures and 10,000 videos to view, watch, and save to your phone. Read the latest in space news and watch NASA TV shows, watch a live rocket launch and generally be aware of all things space as you get out in nature and stargaze.

3. Strava (Free) 

Revelstoke’s most popular app? You decide. Strava has been highly touted as, “The World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Fitness” If your out in the alpine running or biking along the Green Belt, there’s a little something for everyone here, don’t be put off by the competitiveness- you can turn the Facebook posts off and keep your runs (like your running playlist) private. What sells this app is the stats: distance, pace, speed, elevation gained and calories burned as well as heart rate, power and cadence data, gleaned from ANT+ and Bluetooth LE sensors.

4. Skyview (Free)

The best (free) stargazer app in our humble opinion. It evokes some sort of magic to point your phone last the sky and wave it around, constellations gathering before you with familiar names you’ve half forgotten. Point out satellites, galaxies and of course, millions of stars.

5. GPS Location Tracker

This is sort of a great all-rounder to add to your app-arsenal. Excellent if your exploring an area you don’t know or if you have  “Follow whereabouts of your family members, employees, or vehicles, install to your iPhone so that other people can track you, track your running, hiking, or biking or locate your lost or stolen device”