Alberta Conservation Association

May 12, 2011 19:05 ET

Alberta Conservation Association: Conservation Travel App Makes Alberta's Wild Outdoors Accessible to Everyone

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) -

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Alberta Conservation Association (ACA) just launched the Alberta Outdoor Adventure Guide iPhone travel app. The app profiles over 700 Conservation Site destinations across Alberta, and is available free on iTunes.

Do you enjoy fishing, hunting, outdoor photography, bird watching, berry picking, or just want to get the family out for the day? The Alberta Outdoor Adventure Guide app is an essential travel resource for anyone looking for an easy way to explore Alberta's big backyard. With information on more than 700 uniquely wild Conservation Sites covering over a quarter million acres across Alberta, the Guide app is the most comprehensive outdoor recreation reference tool of its kind in Canada.

A travel app for outdoor adventure

"The Alberta Outdoor Adventure Guide app makes planning an outdoor getaway easy. With so many Conservation Sites located within a short drive of most urban centres, you just have to decide if you want to go for an hour, a week or a weekend," explains Lisa Monsees, Communications Manager, ACA. "My five-year-old nephew is practicing the art of walking slowly so he can get close to butterflies. He'll get lots of practice this spring if we visit every site near Edmonton!"

The Guide app's simple framework allows you to search for sites by name or through the 'Proximity Search' function. Discover sites near you or almost any town or city in Alberta. Pick what you want to do outdoors and let the app filter your search, whether it is hunting, fishing or other recreational activities (i.e. bird watching, berry picking, hiking). Site details include: what you'll find once you get there, a map, driving directions, information on local weather conditions and more.

The app also has great extras. While waiting for the fish to bite, explore the "Go Wild" area of the app. You'll find neat information on some of Alberta's most fascinating species, top getaway destinations according to insiders, tackle box tips, and how ACA and our partners are making conservation efforts work for you.

Get outside – it's free!

Take time to search unique Conservation Sites such as Gouin, a kid-friendly property donated to ACA that's full of whimsical sights and surprises. Or there's Buffalo Lake Moraine, a 1200+ acre site where you can indulge in total peace and quiet. Or how about Karvonen? Its native boreal habitat is teeming with species large and small and features great hiking and cross-country ski trails.

"The Guide app promotes habitat conservation work that many organizations, individuals and our corporate partners have invested in," says ACA President and CEO Todd Zimmerling. "Together, we wanted to make getting outdoors more accessible for everyone. The app is free and there are no fees to access any of the Conservation Sites."

Don't have an iPhone? Get the printed version of Discover Alberta's Wild Side: Annual Outdoor Adventure Guide.

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