10 Travel Apps to Explore Algoma

Taking a selfie during the ride around Lake Superior. (Photo credit: Virgil Knapp)

Apps to find great food, great fun, or just to help you find your way



In a world where we’re never far from our smart phones, it can be hard to disconnect on vacation. And disconnecting is exactly what you should be doing on vacation in Algoma. On the other hand, there are some apps that can enhance your stay here. Apps that will help you find things to do, and others that help you schedule the activities you already know you want to do.

NAVIGATION

DISCOVER ONTARIO
Download the Discover Ontario App and find places to stay, great eateries, attractions, natural wonders and events in Algoma Country. This app is a helpful addition for visitors driving cross country through our great big province! 

GOOGLE MAPS
While we think you should have a backup paper map in your glove compartment, Google Maps is always handy for finding your way around Algoma.

WEATHER APP
What’s the weather like in Algoma? Surprisingly, the weather can be a lot of different things in our region, depending where you vacation. Because of our closeness to both Lake Superior and Lake Huron, our region of Ontario experiences all sorts of weather systems. Be sure to download the Weather Network App to your mobile device; you’ll be able to plan your outings.

SOCIAL MEDIA

FACEBOOK
Be sure to like Ontario’s Algoma Country on Facebook and share your photos with us! We’re always sharing photos of our region that will give you lots of trip ideas, share hidden gems and find upcoming events.
Like Us: www.facebook.com/algomacountry

INSTAGRAM
If you have an Instagram account, we’d love it if you’d share your adventures with us! We love seeing photos of visitors enjoying our region’s beautiful outdoors, sampling our delicious local foods and catching our big fish. Use the hashtag #algomacountry to make sure we, and others, see your best memories of Algoma.

WHATSAPP MESSENGER
This is a great app to keep in contact with your friends and family. Using your phone’s internet connection (data and WiFi) you can text, call, send photos or videos of your trip.
Learn more: www.whatsapp.com

FOOD 

TRIPADVISOR
While we truly believe you should take online reviews with a grain of salt, using the TripAdvisor App can be helpful when traveling in our region. You can use TripAdvisor’s Near Me function to find lots of the hidden gems and restaurants in our region.

FUN

AURORA BOREALIS APP
“How do I see the Northern Lights” is one of the top questions we’re asked by visitors to our region. You can use Aurora charts to help guide you on your nighttime adventure: Aurora Alert App for Android or My Aurora Forecast & Alerts in the App Store

Here are some great stories from local photographers who’ll not only guide you through finding the Northern Lights, but also give some great tips for taking pictures:
- Dawn of the North by Sheri Minardi
- Auroras in Algoma by Greg Sacco

GEOCACHE
Everyone loves a scavenger hunt! Whether you’re on a driving tour and looking for a leg stretch, or want some extra added fun to your hike, geocaching makes exploring Algoma Country FUN. Here’s what to do:

-Create a free account on www.geocaching.com

-Search for a geocache by city/town: Spanish, Elliot Lake, Blind River, Iron Bridge, Thessalon, Bruce Mines, St. Joseph Island, Desbarats, Echo Bay, Sault Ste. Marie, Batchawana Bay, Wawa, White River, Chapleau, Dubreuilville, Hornepayne, Hearst.

-Download the coordinates to your GPS device. If you don’t have a GPS device, you can download the free Geocache App.

PARKS CANADA
Parks Canada has developed great apps to help you learn and explore sites across Canada. Did you know we have TWO historic sites and one NATIONAL PARK in Algoma Country? Fort St. Joseph and the Sault Ste. Marie Canal sites, and Pukaskwa National Park —the only national park in Ontario.

Learn to Camp—one of the best things about Ontario is our province’s vast wilderness; there are countless camping opportunities in Algoma Country. If you really want to go camping and don’t know where to start, try this app. You’ll learn everything from camping basics, what to bring and even a handy checklist to make packing for your first trip a breeze. A good app for new Canadians wanting to explore their new home.

Other Parks Canada Apps: Explora, Parka Photo Missions

Some Travel Tips for Visiting Algoma Country:

We pride ourselves on being a place to disconnect and relax. But some visitors want to keep in touch with friends and family back home. Be sure to ask if the place you stay at has WiFi or a place set aside for guests to use the internet. Different types of accommodations offer different types of amenities.

Remember, you’re in Northern Ontario, with lots of magnificent mountains and trees; which are perfect for blocking a cell tower signal. Don’t be alarmed if you do lose cell service.

If you’re a US or International visitor, be sure to contact your cell provider to find out your options for service in Canada.

Many community libraries have internet that out-of-town guests can use.

If your phone or tablet does have accident during your stay:

Device Doctors (any carrier, any device)
270 Bruce Street, Sault Ste Marie
PH: (705) 759-8999
Open: Mon – Sat (times may vary)

CellRox
293 Bay Street, Sault Ste. Marie (in the Station Mall)
PH: (705) 256-2992
Open: Mon – Sun (times may vary)

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