Winter Is Coming! Apps to Help You Survive (or Love) the Cold

by Meghan Behse

The Weather Network

Nothing helps you combat the ice and cold like being prepared. While the Weather Network’s app is no newbie, it continues to be the most reliable weather forecaster for your phone or tablet. Check current, short-term, and long-term weather, receive severe weather alerts, and track incoming storms with their radar maps. The new follow-me function tracks a forecast within one kilometre of your location, and traffic maps are now available too.


What’s a Canadian winter without hockey, really? Whether you’re a Leafs, Habs, or Flames fan, set alerts so you don’t miss a game! You can listen to live audio or watch live game simulations, with an active game clock and near real-time shift changes, box scores, and play-by-plays. You can also watch in- and post-game video highlights. Have a subscription for NHL GameCentre LIVE? Log in and stream live games, catching the action from alternate camera angles.


So now you’re safe from the storm, curled up on the couch to watch a night of hockey, but you’ve forgotten about dinner. GrubHub’s got you covered. Order delivery or pickup from a restaurant in your area. This app lets you search by location, cuisine, menu item, even restaurant hours and reviews. Pay with cash, credit, or PayPal at no extra cost, and keep an eye on your order with their Track Your Grub feature.

Ski & Snow Report

Or perhaps you don’t want to fight the cold. The Ski & Snow Report’s powder alerts will have you wintery outdoorsy types taking spontaneous daytrips to Collingwood. Planning a March Break trip to B.C.? Use the app’s GPS mapping for the best route to the province’s ski resorts, the snowfall tracker to hit optimal mountain conditions, and trail maps to find the most challenging or family-friendly hills.


All listed apps are free and available for Apple and Android phones and tablets.

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