5 Essential Ottawa Mobile Apps for Newcomers

Mobile apps help us with so much these days, from saving money on shopping trips to meeting our fitness goals and keeping track of the weather. Taking advantage of  mobile technology can be a huge asset during the moving an settling in phases of your relocation to Ottawa – they can keep you informed, find your way, and even meet up with other locals. We’ve put together a list of  five great Ottawa mobile apps that could be a big help as you get comfortable living in Canada’s capitol city.

Ottawa Nav

Ottawa Mobile App

Newver go hungry in Ottawa again! No matter how you get around Ottawa – bus, car, bike, or foot –  Ottawa Nav app provides up-to-the-minute, realtime traveler information that comes directly from city officials. If there’s construction, special events, or accidents on your route, Ottawa Nav will let you know about it, so you can make smart, informed decision about your travels. The app as different “modes.” When the app is in driver mode, you get spoken information about unplanned detours, special events and other traffic-related information. On passenger mode, you have access to more than 200 of the city’s traffic cameras. Download Ottawa Nav at Google Play or the Apple AppStore. Your stomach will thank you for downloading this pick on our list of essential Ottawa mobile apps.

Ottawa Street Food App

Ottawa Mobile Apps

There’s something just so fun about ordering a top notch, delicious meal right out of a convenient food truck. The Ottawa Street food app makes finding the best that Ottawa has to offer even more convenient – you’ll get a daily schedule of the food trucks, where they will be and when they’ll be open for business. The app also provides you with links to food trucks’ websites and directions that will get you right to the food truck’s window by auto, bike or on foot. For even quicker access, you can “favorite” your top picks. Your stomach will thank you for downloading this pick on our list of essential Ottawa mobile apps.


Ottawa Mobile Apps

Are you proud to navigate Ottawa via public transportation? Make the experience even more efficient by downloading OT Transpo’s official app. The app gives you GPS maps that can tell you the nearest stops and routes, and provide live updates about cancellations, detours, and other route changes. Another feature allows you to mark bus routes and stops that you use most frequently, and create timed reminders for a given route+stop combo. You can subscribe to get push notifications and live updates about cancellations, detritus, and trouts for both buses and the O-Train.

OPL Mobile 

Ottawa Mobile Apps

Book lovers can stay connected to the Ottawa Public Library’s huge collection of books, music, DVDs and other content thanks to the OPL Mobile App. Download this app to stay search for items of interest and use a geo-locator to find their closest locations within the library system. On the app, you can also manage your public library account, including renewing items, placing holds and viewing your list of checked out books. The OPL Mobile App also has a great feature that allows you to read reviews of books from other local readers.

Ottawa Sun App (and other news apps)

Ottawa Mobile Apps

As a newcomer, one of the easiest ways to get to know Ottawa is to stay tuned in to the news and current events happening in the city. When you download news source apps, like the Ottawa Sun’s mobile app, you can read local headlines when riding the bus to work, on your lunch break, or whenever you have a few minutes to kill. Most media sources offer free apps, with a limited about of free article viewing per month. If you want unlimited access to the most up-to-date news stories, there’s usually a fee involved.

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About Catherine

It’s always been easy for me to have lots of love for Canada. As a native Canadian, I enjoy a both the vibrant cities full of excitement for young people, and the many opportunities to explore more remote parts of the country too. In my day-to-day life, it’s important for me to live an eco-friendly and health-conscious lifestyle. I like to take my kids on outings to the apple orchard in fall, a sugar shack in the spring, and to the many city parks during winter for ice skating, cross country skiing and snowman building. What better way for me to show my thanks to Canada then to help others with their journies of relocating to the country? I hope that I, and the rest of the Settle-in.com team, can help ease your mind during your transition. Il n’a jamais été difficile pour moi d’aimer le Canada. En tant que Canadien d’origine, je profite d’une ville dynamique, riche en activités pour les jeunes mais aussi de possibilités pour explorer d’autres endroits du pays. Dans ma vie quotidienne, il est important pour moi de vivre en respectant l’environnement et la santé. J’aime amener mes enfants dans les pommeraies l’automne, dans une cabane à sucre au printemps et dans les nombreux parcs de la ville pour patiner en hiver, faire du ski de fond et des bonhommes de neige. Aider les autres dans leur relocalisation dans ce pays est une des meilleures façon de remercier le Canada. J’espère que l’équipe de Settle-in.com et moi pourrons vous soulager dans votre période de transition. //