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Plan, track, and log your hikes on Canada's oldest and longest marked footpath with this easy-to-use, official Bruce Trail App. Carry the most up-to-date Bruce Trail information with you on your day-hikes or long-distance adventures on the Niagara Escarpment.
Can work with or without internet/wifi access (See details in our FAQ section).
Questions or suggestions?
- Visit the Help section in the menu of your Bruce Trail App
- Check out our FAQs
- Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include which version you are asking about.
(screenshots below are from iOS, but functions are similar for Android)
|Explore the full Bruce Trail, including all the latest trail changes, displayed either on the BTC's signature topographic maps or Apple's or Google's map view||Plan your route.
|Choose your map options.
Select the elements you want to see.
Choose between Standard, Hybrid, Satellite background map.
|Search for places or services.||Track your location with a map that moves as you move.*
||Create saved tracks of your hikes.*|
* Leave the GPS on as a background task to record your track while you use other Apps or lock the screen. WARNING: Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.
Where do the proceeds go?
Proceeds from app sales will go to the Bruce Trail Conservancy to support our trail development and conservation work.
Will you have a version for Blackberry / GPS devices?
We do not currently have plans to develop an app for BlackBerry or a product for GPS handheld devices. Although BlackBerry 10 users can access Anrdoid apps via Amazon, Android for Blackberry apps are not supported officially by Google, and so the Google Maps Android API on which the Bruce Trail App is based will not work.
Does The Bruce Trail App work without cell / internet service?
Yes - The Bruce Trail App works without internet/wifi service.
Of course, you'll need an internet connection to download the App and the most recent maps and trail data. But, once you've done that at home, you can head out on the Trail with the details cached on your device.
Location functions and tracking will also work without internet/wifi connection (although they work better with it). You'll need your "Location Services" turned on (found in your phone's "Settings") to use this GPS functionality.
If your mobile device does not have GPS functionality (e.g. iPod Touch), you will still be able to use the app and see the trail on Bruce Trail topo maps. But you will not be able to see your location on the Trail nor will you be able to use the tracking function. You may wish to purchase an external GPS receiver for your device in order to take advantage of all the functionality.
Bruce Trail App functions that work WITHOUT internet
- Bruce Trail topographic maps (As long as you download all maps while connected, they will be cached on your device for use on the Trail.)
- GPS Function (e.g. find your location; track your hike): Although the GPS function will work better with a data connection, your phone will use GPS satellites and/or wi-fi hotspots to determine your location. GPS function may not work in some of the more remote areas of the trail.
- Photo taking
- Calculate distances
- Parking & Camping info (you'll get the main information. Links to further information will not work.)
Bruce Trail App functions that REQUIRE internet
- Initial downloading of app and of Bruce Trail topographic maps
- Viewing Google or Apple Map background (e.g. satellite or hybrid view)
- Search for locations
How are Trail changes be handled?
Trail changes are incorporated into the App as they are made in the BTC's records.
Each time the App is opened, it searches for the latest Trail data, and will update the Trail on your device so long as it has an internet connection.
*HINT: Open your Bruce Trail App at home before your hike, when you have access to the internet, to download the latest Trail data. That way, even without internet connection, you'll have the latest changes on your device.
Why are there no kilometre markings on the Trail or parking areas as there are in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide?
The Bruce Trail App contains the most up-to-date Trail data. Since Trail changes are fairly frequent, for every trail change, kilometre markers ‘downstream' of a trail change are immediately affected (within that Club section of trail). So kilometre markings would continuously change, and would not match what is found in the Bruce Trail Reference Guide.
To avoid confusion we have incorporated:
- Parking information including a Parking ID and Lat/Long coordinates. Tap on the Parking symbol then on the ">" for more details.
- Distance measuring tool (the 'ruler' icon) so that you can measure distances at any point along the Trail.
If you have an iTunes account:
- Buy The Bruce Trail App and send it as a gift
- Instructions from Apple: http://support.apple.com/en-ca/ht2736
If you don't have an iTunes account:
- Give a iTunes gift card and the recipient can use it to buy the Bruce Trail App.
- Instructions from Apple:
- Pick up a Google Play gift card and the recipient can use it to by the Bruce Trail App.
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