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Thanks for all the great ideas! The idea submission period is now closed. Thanks to everyone who shared their ideas and helped make the first phase of Apps4Halifax a success with 276 ideas submitted and congratulations to the winners of the 5 iPad Minis, drawn at random from the submissions.

109 ideas in Keep'er Movin'

Geocaches along walking trails

TJ Gillis on Sep 06

Straight forward idea - Show the geocaches along the different walking trails in HRM

Hike Halifax

Greg Ripley on Sep 06

An app that gives you Hiking Trails in and around the HRM. Could include pictures of the trails and what you can see. It could also include a rough estimate of how long it would take to walk certain trails. You could also add... more

"HaliStory" or "AncedotALL"

Natasha on Sep 06

Nova Scotia has a long and strong tradition of storytelling - legends, tails, myths, factual events and jokes. Traditionally, storytelling has been done through song, poetry and art. New technologies make it possible to share... more

WhitecAPPs HRM

Maneka on Sep 06

This could be an App that gives us updated information on the various ski trails around including the weather conditions at the site, the type and amount of snow, how busy they are, closures, the road conditions driving to an... more

Haunted Halifax

Gregory Hillier on Sep 06

This is a app to find all the haunted and historical sites in Halifax and haunted tours in the city and surrounding areas...

What's on Halifax?

H gillis on Sep 06

One spot that promotes the events organized by HRM- public engagement sessions, cultural events, civic events, rec deadlines, HRM council agendas and dates, and more! Tell us what is going on in one spot. This currently does ... more

Parenting Pal

H Gillis on Sep 06

Link and promote the family baby, child and youth events happening. Highlight family services, locations, activities, events. Include travel routes, costs, washroom locations. Could be merged with tourism information to promo... more

The Tip

Mark/John/Jeff on Sep 06

An active lifestyle app for HRM. You don't need to travel to the Rockies or Pacific Ocean to enjoy outdoor activities associated with these places. We have incredible geographic features and need to do a better job promot... more

Sand & Surf Halifax

Maneka on Sep 06

This would be an App for those looking for beaches or planning to spend the day at a beach in and around HRM. Information could be provided for such things as the location and how to get there, whether they are open/closed, h... more

Pet Central Halifax

Red on Sep 06

An app designed for dog lovers! It would have locations for all local dog friendly parks, including off leash. Groomers, events like Dog shows, lost pets, adoptable pets from local shelters or pets up for foster. Dog walkers ... more

Fuel Pump Locations

Alexis Chubbs on Sep 06

It would be nice to have an app that tells you exactly where any gas pump is. You open the app and type in your favourite fuel provider(Irving,Ultra-mar,Esso, ETC.) And the app will list all locations for that provider on a ... more


Vicki Morton on Sep 06

It would be great if you could have a map generated app that would tell HRM residents where all the public wharf and boat launch access points are.


Vicki Morton on Sep 06

It would be great if one could determine through an app the accessibility of an HRM business.


Vicki Morton on Sep 06

It would be great if there was an app linked to google maps to locate the handicapped parking spots in Metro for those in need.


JMWhalifax on Sep 05

What's more annoying than heading our with your friends for a few birthday drinks and ending up standing in line for 45 minutes at Dirty Nelly's - deciding against staying, heading to the lower deck only to be subjected to an... more

Snow Plow Know How

Kate on Sep 05

I think an app that lets you type in your street address and advises you what priority your street is and what areas are completed for snow removal. It would also auto update with the information from winter works that gets p... more

Star Gazing HRM

Shawna on Sep 05

An app that would assist star-gazing enthusiasts by indicating what constellations are possible to see and the best locations in HRM to view them, either by the naked eye or telescopes. The App could also update users on upco... more

Halifax Events and Bus

Brodey Mohr on Sep 05

This would be the perfect app for the people of HRM to come together and celebrate any HRM event held! This app will tell people where the event is being held, what time and what the event is. It will give more info about bus... more

(bi)cycle the City

ali on Sep 05

an app for cyclists, walkers, joggers, runners, etc this particular app would function much like any other map and/or route-planning system. included would be all of the official, recognized, painted bike lanes in HRM, ... more

Support Halifax

Nancy Rose on Sep 05

Just this past weekend, my boyfriend and I wished it were 10 years ago, and that we knew where 'this week's fundraiser car wash' was because we were totally up to drop 25$ each for students or volunteers to clean our dirty Ca... more

Get me there bus driver!

Andrea Hulford on Sep 05

Halifax needs an app that will not only have a GPS tracker as to when the bus you want is coming but also the ability to tell you the quickest bus or buses to take to get you to your desired destination.

Metro On The Go

Joelle Nickerson on Sep 05

Each bus and ferry will have a GPS attached to them sending their current location to the Metro On The Go app. It'll be easier than ever to get the bus exactly on time; no more waiting hours in the snow! The app will allow yo... more

Urban Lion Safari

Matthew Bradbury on Sep 05

I'd like to make an app that gets people outside and looking for the "little details" of their city/town/etc. It's called the Urban Lion Safari... This app can be used with a cell phone camera to "capture a lion" (there's mor... more

Halifax Carpool

Dwain on Sep 05

This app will have two sections. One for people with vehicles, who are offering seat(s) in their car. The other will be for people looking to get to a certain area. If you are looking for a drive, enter in your address an... more

Active Living App

Sarah MacKeigan, Stepping Up on Sep 05

An app that focuses on making physical activity the easy choice for residents, at home, school, work or play. Information would be readily available on unstructured, low cost/no cost opportunities for individuals and familie... more

Bus Tracker

Darren Hirtle on Sep 05

Each Metro Transit bus (School Buses too) should be outfitted with a GPS tracker. The app which can track buses along their routes in real time on their phone as they wait. The app will also show any notifications such as bus... more

MyFitness Halifax

Tina on Sep 04

An app that would allow those with fitness or weight loss goals to be in contact with one another for support, advice, motivation, and accountability. Users could post their weight-loss updates and ask questions, posts goals,... more

Holistic Halifax

Shawna on Sep 04

A healthy living directory for the HRM featuring yoga studios, holistic nutritionists, personal trainers, Mind, Body, Spirit retreats, Lectures and classes on living green, healthy eating and whole body wellness. This would a... more


Shaun on Sep 04

An app that provides up to the minute information for Halifax Stanfield International Airport. This would include information on flight delays and cancellations, information on shuttle bus and taxi services/schedules, parking... more

roadside assistance for bikes

Jeff White on Sep 04

An app, and service I guess, that cyclists could use to get help in the event of a breakdown.

Connect neighborhoods.walk.bus.ride

Wendy McDonald on Sep 04

I see too many buses with noone taking advantage of the bike racks. This App would connect pathways and trails to Transit routes (racks) for connections from home to work or recreational rides or walking routes (get off the... more

Metro Transit Go Time App

Dan on Sep 04

It would provide real time locations of buses based on GPS and provide the same info the go-time phone number does.

Getting there!

Helen Zebedee on Sep 04

An intelligent, inuitive app for how to get from point A to point B. Includes real-time MetroTransit information, bike routes and walk times. Some features are in Google, but are not accurate for Metro. OC Transpo in Ottaw... more

Visit Halifax

Edwina Penney on Sep 04

A digital tour of the city of Halifax...sites, going on's, parks, trails, restaraunts, pubs, bars, movies. Concert series Everything to make tourists want to visit out city.

Halifax Tap Free

Edwina Penney on Sep 04

Allows residence find out places that have free H2O to refill there water bottles. Out running, walking, cycling, siteseeing sometimes need extra water... Some places offer free H2O and finding out where these are will be ... more

Be a good Neighbor App

Edwina Penney on Sep 04

Lets residence post anything around their neighborhoods or as they see issues, accidents that is slowing traffic, 311 issues, areas that need to be plowed or shoveled, potholes etc. Lets neighboorhoods and governments work ... more

HRM Smart Card App

Heather on Sep 04

An app that allows you to load up money to pay for things like: bus/ferry fare, parking meters, parking lot fees, taxes, permits, rec fees, etc. Keep all HRM payment data in one convenient place. Scan and go! Could also int... more

walking/cycling App

Edwina Penney on Sep 04

An app designed to let us find out where the walking/cycling trails are, where bike lanes can be found. This will be a quicker way to find out about HRM and what is in place for the safety of our walkers and cyclist.

Events App

Edwina Penney on Sep 04

An app tells us about special events, concerts such as the summer concert event at City Hall. Also about the city...historical sites etc.


Edwina Penney on Sep 04

We need a app...just put in the route number and the map and/or the times comes up. We won't have to go to the scedule on the transit site where the schedule is hard to read on a iphone.

HRM Parks & Trails App

Alain Boudreau on Sep 04

I think someone should build an app that shows where our municipal parks and trails are located to encourage residents to get outdoors and discover their local parks and recreational trails (e.g. Shubie Park or Salt Marsh Tra... more


Tom on Sep 04

Summary: App that gets the most relevant bus route information to a user based on three choices. Requirements: This app would use the following information: > GPS information from User handset > Bus Stop informat... more

Ferry Tracker

Dan McMahon on Sep 04

Do you take the Dartmouth/Halifax ferry to work in the morning? Running late? Don't have a ferry schedule handy? Would you like to know where the ferry is right now and if it's running on time? Ferry tracker shows a live GPS ... more

Halifax Park Pursuit

Jonathan Morse on Sep 04

The main purpose of the app would be to encourage residents and tourists to visit the different parks HRM has to offer. As users check into different park locations a progress bar above the app will fill up. When a user has v... more


Sharon on Sep 04

App detailing medical professionals accepting patients in the HRM. Information on companies used for direct billing purposes. Wait times at walk-ins/emergency rooms. Input system for symptom related care ie) input symptoms an... more

ParentHali Informed

Sharon on Sep 04

An app that details family events happening each day of the month. Places to bring kids, mix with other kids/parents. Cheap eats, places to play, family getaways etc.

Halifax traffic watch

Brent Adams on Sep 04

Plot your drive home using gps and maps. This travel path can be used as a one time path or recurring path. The app will (in real-time) notify you of any delays/construction/accidents/etc on your chosen path. The app will th... more

hrm traffic app

brennen colley on Sep 04

An app that tells you where there are accidents, closed roads, and construction in the hrm. It could also let you put in a daily route you take. For example your route to work. And give you special notification if an accident... more

Hfx Transit Routes

DMacNeill on Sep 03

App for searching all possible transit routes from one location to another including stops not normally listed. Including the ability to enter address not exactly on an address to get transit stops near by and how to get fro... more


Bernard on Sep 03

A bus route map that does what people want simply. You enter your destination either by touching it on a zoomable HRM map, or by entering the address. The app uses your current GPS location to calculate the bus stop closest... more

Wheel Friendly HRM

Tarren V on Sep 03

An app that would provide people a list of current events, places and spaces that are wheelchair accessible. As not all places, restaurants, hair dressers, infrastructures, etc. are easily accessible, this can make planning a... more


Tarren on Sep 03

An App to assist in those looking for babysitters, nannies, home care, respite care, etc. in a particular area of town or community complete with reviews. The App could provide information about the care worker including ag... more


Nelson Field on Sep 03

an app that allows you to get where you want as fast as possible. 1. shows the location of construction going on in the city and notifies you if it will interfere with your route. 2. has a log of every lot and the fees to ... more


Steve Rankin on Sep 03

I'd like to see a GIS focused app, which contains several features that residents can easily use for access to services within the HRM. Some ideas include: - Waste Management: One that can use a devices built in location s... more

Run Halifax Run!

Jacqueline Fitzgerald on Sep 03

An app that has popular running routes of varying distances. Start with the routes for the various races around Halifax - Bluenose, Maritime Race Weekend, Natal Day Road Race, etc. Also list the local running clubs with a con... more

Swim and Skate Schedules

Jacqueline Fitzgerald on Sep 03

An app that would amalgamate current pool schedules and skating schedules for all HRM facilities. Right now, you have to visit each facilities website, check their regular schedule, hope that it is current and then go to that... more

HRM Flow

Lauri-Ann Riley on Sep 02

Lay real time traffic counters on the main arteries all through HRM. Before leaving home, someone can can input their start and destination (much like google maps) but it will be actual time at that moment based on current t... more


Kunal Vyas on Sep 02

A social mobile app that let's users: 1. View parking areas in HRM along with available lots and rates. 2. Ability to track the availability till user reaches the spot. 3. Parking meter that tell approx. amount to be paid ... more

Traffic Warning

Katie on Sep 02

It is an app that shows you on a map of the town or street that you input where there is construction happening or traffic build up. This app would help people to steer clear of streets that will have them stuck in traffic fo... more

LearnIn HRM

SinD Roy on Sep 01

There are so many ways to learn new things in HRM, but where does one find it? Even if someone knows where to look it can be overwhelming searching through hundreds of classes at a dozen different learning organizations. I s... more

Traffic Monitoring and Re-Routing

Kimm Lambert on Aug 30

I think a good idea for an app is an app to monitor traffic delays. The app can re-route traffic if there is an accident or construction to ease congestion, keep traffic flowing and keep our city streets safer.

Avoid the Hills

Neil Bailey on Aug 29

Route planning + topography data would allow pedestrians, cyclists and others choosing 'active transportation' to plan their routes to avoid the steep inclines which 2 dimensional route planning ignores. Layering topograph... more

Go Big Awards

David McGuigan on Aug 28

There are so many active people in Halifax making a difference and giving back to the community. Also, socially-minded local companies are always looking for ways to help make a difference. Enter, the 'Go Big Awards' - a p... more

Park/playground/ball field locator

Paul Parusel on Aug 28

Application to link HRM recreation database to mobile phone GPS to locate nearest park/playground/ball field to present location and provide directions how to get there and what is at that particular site, ie ball field, wat... more

RecConnect App

Marni on Aug 26

Find and register for HRM programs easily through your smart phone. Find programs quickly and easily without connecting to the RecConnect website. Search by location, program or age range.


Julia Wright on Aug 25

This app would give users a mobile map (it could build on googlemaps) that clearly marks sidewalk closures, and highlight streets in which sidewalks are closed on *both* sides of the street (say, dark blue marking sidewalk cl... more

No Detour Ahead

Brendan on Aug 25

An app that lists street or lane closures. It could work for special events, construction, water main breaks, traffic accidents. etc.

Recreation Facility Schedules

Andy Callaghan on Aug 24

When does the Oval have public skating? Is there a soccer field I can book on short notice? Who's playing on Diamond 5 at the Common tonight? Where is the nearest tennis court? Any open icetime at the BMO Centre or Lebrun... more

take a hike

Elisabeth on Aug 24

App. For nice places to hike in hrm, info on how Iong the hikes are, if there are facilities like toilets, wheelchair friendly, rocks or gravel paths. Same app could be for bike routes in hrm.

Places and spaces

Gabrielle on Aug 23

An app that showcases all the great places and spaces (mapped), of where you can be active within HRM. Showcasing: Trails Fields, courts, surfaces and beaches Rec Centres Playgrounds Etc. Also highlighting differen... more


Andrew on Aug 22

All routes of transit, next buses and a map of Halifax. With the ability of selecting a route and showing you a map of that route and times

Traffic Jam

Kraig Porter on Aug 22

This app would provide users with a real time look at the streets of HRM and based on the traffic congestion the app would display different colored streets (Green for Light traffic, Red for Heavy Traffic)and suggest routes ... more

Is it safe?

jerome on Aug 22

An app which allows you to type in an area and it will tell you how much crime is there relative to the surrounding areas. You can also allow the app to list the least and most crime populated areas, along with search and ... more

Trail Blazer

Jerome on Aug 22

An app which allows you to pick different trails based on: + User Ratings + Most Visited + Longest Route + Shortest route + Get Lucky! (Random route) Never be stuck at home again asking yourself "What should I do to... more

Metro Tansit Life Saver

Katie McKenzie on Aug 21

A metro transit go time app would be great! It would consist of all of the route maps and schedules in one easy to use app that you could use on the go if you didn't have data to look then up on the Internet. An additional op... more

How do I get there

NFawcett on Aug 21

As someone not from Halifax, I find it very difficult to get around on your public transit system - if your public transit had an app that I could put in my location and the location of where I wanted to go - then tell me whe... more

Route Difficulty Calculator

Mike on Aug 20

You have high accuracy terrain information in the form of a LiDAR DEM so why not use it? Create an app that calculates the difficulty of a given route based on slope, traffic rules, known road/trail conditions. This could als... more

Harbour Explorer

Denton Froese on Aug 19

One of the most common questions you hear on the harbour walk (besides "spare any change?") is "which country is that ship from?". This app would show publicly available information about ships docked in the harbour, such as ... more

Crowd Bus Tracker

Faisal Abbas on Aug 17

Until MetroBus is finally able to implement GPS tracking on the buses and we can use some standard app for bus tracking, we can use Crowd Bus Tracker. Crowd Bus Tracker app will keep the users updated about the Buses' loca... more

Halifax get fit app

Gillian Harnum on Aug 16

An app that allows HRM residents to find others to get fit with. Wether it be a walking group in your neighbor hood, a group of fitsperts that run Citadel Hill. You find your fitness level and go from there. Lets get fit H... more


Catherine Donovan on Aug 16

An application that allows users interested in participating in sports and recreation to obtain more information about programs available around Halifax (such as the HSSC). The application would also allow users to connect an... more

No Planned Delays Bus

Kimberley Taylor on Aug 16

Recommend a real-time Transit app where multiple datasets are used for displaying the current on-going road construction & the transit bus routes on the same map - with alerts denoting routes where on-going construction is ha... more


Lynn on Aug 15

This app would allow you to pay for your bus fare, bus pass, ferry ride, parking meters, recreation program, parking tickets, dog licenses etc so that you don't have to be rooting for change - and allow for a secure transfer ... more


Lynn on Aug 15

This is an app, where residents can send HRM a quick e-mail or photo of a problem around HRM with the address - for potholes, and signage that is damaged, streetlights not working or even parking meters that are broken... thi... more

where is the snowplow

Frans Sanders on Aug 14

This app would allow you to find out where the snow plow is in your area and when it is (scheduled) to come to your street. It would also be great if it showed which streets are cleared so you can plan a safe route to your d... more

Group trip

Kathleen on Aug 13

An app to connect commuters looking for carpool opportunities within HRM. An easy way to cut down on auto traffic and reduce pollution. The app could give the option of selecting a route and approximate departure/arrival time... more

Bike Ride

Kathleen on Aug 13

An app to map all the streets with bike lanes in HRM. The ability to map a safer ride would encourage more cyclists and less pollution in the city. It might also encourage the creation of more bike lanes.

HRM Playgrounds

Shannon Carson on Aug 13

Every Mom or Dad wants to know where the playgrounds in their neighbourhood are - especially if you are driving with a few kiddies that need to let off a bit of energy.

Gps Metro Planner

Morgan Beaver -Greene on Aug 10

I want to creat an app that has gps on the busses and ferries. And that way you can be more accurate. And you do not need wifi you only need gps signel.. Because some apps need wifi but when your out and u need to usean app f... more

GPS shopping list

Sherman Graham on Aug 10

GPS linked Shopping lists that will remind you when you are near the store. This app will allow you to make up a list for any store or address and when you are near the location, say 500 meters, this app will give you a remi... more

Parking App

Kevin Pope on Aug 09

It would be nice if there was a parking app for all the parking lots and parkades in downtown Hfx. so one could see where the vacancies are.

Keep it movin' AND save gas!

Brad on Aug 09

An App enalbing smart traffic flow with less fuel waste: Light fxn: establishes a series of green lights to keep traffic flowing smoothly with fewer stops on main throughfares. No red lights on the throughfare if no cars w... more


Steph on Aug 09

Have the option of purchasing your monthly bus pass online. Show the iPass as you would a regular pass as you embark on the bus/ferry. Cuts down on printing costs and lost passes. (ID required when used?)

Dining Deals

Lindsey MacDonald on Aug 09

This app would tell users which restaurants are offering food & drink specials any day or night of the week. For example, if you were looking for wings on a Monday evening, you could type in "wings" and it would generate a li... more

Keeping Up

Ruben on Aug 09

An information app were residents of Halifax could remain updated and weigh in on Council issues. Videos of council discussions and meetings available were councillors discuss the current issue. Updates from those meetings an... more

Guided Tours

Greg on Aug 09

More suited for other places, Halifax had many tours and guided activities. Using it app it will tell you what you can expect to see, history and other information that is hard to convey. It would use geolocation to track whe... more


ken on Aug 08

Where to expect delays due to constuction\accident\delays . Save gas save money!!!!!. Save on the carb foot print.... taxi, courier, delivery would love it.

HRM Smart Commute

Warren Clements on Aug 08

Reducing green house gas emissions, traffic congestion and city parking, HRM Smart Commute enables residents to take commuting into their own hands. Basic Scenario Driver: I drive my car to work everyday as I do not live ... more

U Wanna Know?

Adam Hack on Aug 08

This would be an information app where any users of smartphones can scan an info tag (type of barcode) that are placed throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality. These tags would be located infront or nearby public buildin... more

Traffic Report

Robert Tighe on Aug 08

An app to tell what the traffic is like on the bridges. The 2 bridges are vital to people moving between Dartmouth & Halifax. There are currently some Twitter groups which are great for the updates, but a central app that w... more

Place to place on transit

Robert Tighe on Aug 08

There should be an app that will allow you to input your current location, your destination and the time you need to arrive by. It would come back with a list of routes (similar to Google Maps). However, when you pick the r... more

311 App

Shaun Simpson on Aug 08

Submit questions and complaints to 311 Centre, a searchable FAQ section that covers topics like transit, recreation, and council. Who to contact (with contact information) for Council, Transit, Bylaws, Police, Fire, etc. A... more


Shaun Simpson on Aug 08

An app that imports the Ice Thickness Conditions in the winter, Field Conditions in the Summer, and Operating hours/events at the Oval.

Metro transit

Nick on Aug 08

Metro transit should have an app with route maps, times, and live times to let people know what time the bus will actually be arriving / leaving

Halifax Rec

Nick on Aug 08

An app that lists all the REC centres, their facilities, a calendar of events and available rentals.

GPS enabled tour of city

Evan D'entremont on Aug 08

Using HTML5 GeoLocation API, get information on local restaurants, points of interest, etc. Have specific routes, and/or waypointing to calculate the fastest route through a selection or random hotspots.

Route finder / Trip planner

Mark Slaney on Aug 08

Planning a staycation? Not sure what there is to do in the city? looking to make the most of your day? related to my where's my bus idea, this app idea is for residents and tourists that are just winging it. the app would ... more

Road Report

Mark Slaney on Aug 08

An app for drivers Road work alerts, road closures, special events that affect traffic, weather , snow clearing advisories, emergency or accident situations. general congestion issues on main routes, wildlife alerts, et... more

Where's my bus?

Mark Slaney on Aug 08

An app to help transit riders. users would input their approximate location or select it from a map, and then where they looking to go. the app would show the location of the next bus and approximately how long the wait wi... more