Get Canal Ice Conditions on a Map on Your Phone

February 8, 2012 – 10:34 pm

Screen capture of the redesigned Canal Ice Conditions mobile web app

Screen capture of the redesigned Canal Ice Conditions mobile web app

We have created a mobile app to make it easier to access Rideau Canal Skateway Ice Condition information from the NCC website.

This winter’s weather in Ottawa has not be consistently cold, and the conditions on the canal can change often.  We were particularly frustrated when the NCC’s site does not have a good mobile view yet.  So, we have created it!  Be prepared before you head-out for some skating on the canal.

It has been a fun exercise on user interface design.

First, a Google map of the Skateway’s path is shown on the top.  It makes add a nice visual punch to show exactly where the canal is, all 7.8 KM of it, for you to skate on.

Then, the status and conditions are re-positioned for a more natural read.

Finally, a color-coding of the various segments in the path are added.  A list of color codes to indicate the range of conditions is just under it.

There is also the ability to expand or shrink map, to fill out the screen more when you want to zoom in.

Screen capture of the NCC Ice Conditions website

Screen capture of the NCC Ice Conditions website


Check out the before & after.  What do you think?

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