There’€™s a reason smart phones are called smart phones. They let us do things quicker, faster, and, well, smarter than ever before. We thought we’€™d share a few of our favourite Ottawa-centric apps’€”favourite because they help us stay smart.
My Ottawa
Good For: Anyone motoring around the city
Why It Made the List: It’€™s a map of city parking lots, park and rides, red light cameras and construction. You can even access traffic cameras to check road conditions en route to your destination. It’€™s a good app to check before you leave your driveway.

Ottawa Public Library
Good For: Bookworms, big and small
Why It Made the List: It has easy access to the catalogue, book reviews, searchable calendar of library programs, and an at-a-glance view of your fines and overdue books. You can also use your iPhone camera to scan an ISBN to see if the library carries that particular book.

Ottawa Senators Hockey
Good For: The serious hockey family
Why It Made the List: It’€™s chock full of news, photos, video, schedules, and up-to-the-minute scores. You can use it to buy tickets too.

Ottawa Pools and Swim Guide
Good For: Water babies
Why They Made the List: Ottawa Pools is all about the swim schedules’€”simple stuff, but very handy considering this is what we look up the most often. We’€™re waiting for summer to use the Swim Guide. It’€™s a great tool for beachgoers to find the closest beach, check water quality information, and get directions, descriptions and photos.


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