We rely on apps every day to perfect making the next at-home meal, to meditate after a long day, or escape reality and dive into magical worlds to solve puzzles or ride into endless adventures.
Many of our favourites are made right here on home soil, and to spotlight Canadian app developers, the App Store is featuring great apps for Canada Day and they’re worth downloading every day. Especially great for capturing fireworks celebrating Canada’s birthday.
Celebrate Canada Day With These Canadian Made Apps
Apollo for Reddit
Apollo for Reddit (Halifax) — since Reddit was founded in 2005, the user-generated interface remains relatively the same and never felt gorgeous, that is, until Apollo for Reddit was created by Halifax native, Christian Selig. Apollo for Reddit gives a smoother, user-friendly look and feel, complete with a “supercharged” media viewer supporting a wide array of sources. Free on the App Store.
NFB Films (Montreal) — the official app of National Film Board of Canada offers more than 4,000 films for viewers of all ages, including a kids channel with fun and educational content. Films can also be downloaded to watch offline on iPhone, iPad or Apple TV for up to 48 hours later. Free.
Jurassic World Alive
Jurassic World Alive (Montreal) — In tandem with the latest Jurassic World movie, Montreal’s powerhouse gaming studio Ludia launched Jurassic World Alive, an awe-inspiring augmented reality (AR) experience that leverages Apple’s ARKit to help users discover and collect dinosaurs in their surroundings. Free.
Relax Melodies (Montreal) — created 10 years ago after one of the co-founders in Sherbrooke suffered from insomnia and sought an app that helps people sleep. Today, Relax Melodies is helping millions around the world get a better night’s sleep, relax and meditate with sounds of rain, thunder, animals and even mix sounds to find the perfect “lullaby.” Free.
CBC Gem (Toronto) — CBC brings hundreds of shows on demand and allows live streaming of news and sports. CBC Gem is home to popular titles such as Schitt’s Creek, Kim’s Convenience and even live celebratory coverage of Canada’s 152nd birthday from Parliament Hill in Ottawa (check local listings). Free.
Oh She Glows
Oh She Glows (Toronto) — Oh She Glows is created by Oakville’s New York Times bestselling author Angela Liddon, who brings her popular plant-based recipes from her award-winning blog. $2.99.
Sago Mini World
Sago Mini World (Toronto) — award-winning kids games perfect for preschoolers to use their imaginations as they travel around the whimsical Sago Mini-World with Harvey, Jinja, Robin and Jack. Free.
Worse Than Death
Worse Than Death (Toronto) — created by a husband and wife duo, indie game studio Benjamin Rivers is releasing Worse Than Death on Canada’s birthday, July 1.
It tells the scary, emotional thriller about a high school reunion gone horribly wrong. The artwork in the game was drawn and coloured entirely on iPad by Benjamin. $5.49 and expected to launch on July 1(Canada Day)
Alto’s Odyssey (Toronto) — an Apple Design Award Winner in 2018, Snowman introduces Alto’s Odyssey, an endless sandboarding journey where Alto and his friends soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons and explore long-hidden temples. $6.99
Arena Stars: Battle Heroes (London, ON) — an epic battle game by Tiny Titan Studios brings a band of skilled warriors users to collect to assemble teams and battle others and play in leagues to earn spots on the leaderboards. Free.
Golf Blitz (Saskatoon) — Noodlecake Studios introduces a whole new way to golf on wildly creative courses and power-ups to play friends or others to reach the top of the clubhouse. Free.
Kingdoms of Heckfire
Kingdoms of Heckfire (Vancouver) — A strategy and battle game by A Thinking Ape where players build their own kingdoms, train dragons and attack goblins, skeletons and more. Free.
Splitter Critters (Vancouver) — An Apple Design Award Winner in 2017, RAC7 splits worlds with the swipe of a finger to rearrange screens and help guide critters back to their spaceship. $3.99
Climbing Flail (Vancouver) A colourful brain-teaser by Korigame where players fling the floppy body upwards and avoid pesky and sometimes dangerous objects to reach out of harm’s way. Free.
Instantly upgrade your photos and video editing game through these apps
Looking to up your photo editing game to share your favourite Canada Day memories? Download VSCO free on the App Store to put the burst,
sparkle and wonder in your photos and videos. Another must-have app to up your Instagram Stories is Canva. It helps anyone create stunning designs with photos and videos and no design expertise required.