Chimani Launches New App for Banff National Park for Canada’s 150th Birthday

Chimani Launches New App for Banff National Park for Canada’s 150th Birthday

Portland, Maine – Chimani, Inc., announced today the launch of its latest mobile travel app, a guide to Banff National Park, Canada’s most popular national park. The Banff National Park app by Chimani is available for free download on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

8b8d2be3-4a85-4a29-bb3e-eb17dda5362fThis latest app by Chimani comes in time for the kick off to Canada’s 150th Anniversary celebration set to take place in 2017; during which all of Canada’s national parks will be free to visitors. The Banff National Park app by Chimani provides users with the ultimate mobile tool for planning a trip to the popular park in Alberta and enjoying the various attractions in and around the park. The app joins an existing suite of more than 60 free U.S. National Parks, and one UK park app offered by the Portland, Maine-based company.

“After the huge success of our first international park app launch with Lake District National Park in the UK last month, we were eager to launch our first Canadian park app in sync with the country’s 150th birthday,” said Kerry Gallivan, Chimani’s CEO. “Banff is a stunning park with lakes and mountains that rival the beauty of any national park in the world. With over 3.2 million visitors in 2015, we expect it to be a top travel destination in 2017.”

The Banff National Park app by Chimani boasts rich, detailed information on the park, including:

  •      interactive guides and maps to unique points of interest
    ●      GPS-enabled maps that work without a cell or Wi-Fi connection
    ●      information on lodging, hiking trails, attractions, and other activities
    ●      ability to check-in and save visits to points of interest in the park
    ●      a photo gallery with many high-quality images

“With our own national park system shattering its visitation records this year in its Centennial, it’s very likely that Parks Canada will see similar enthusiasm toward its own parks next year. We hope that our free mobile app guide will help visitors navigate the park safely; reducing congestion, and improving the park experience,” said Gallivan.

About Chimani, Inc.

Chimani, Inc. (www.chimani.com) creates apps for national parks and the outdoors. Chimani’s growing suite of apps includes guides to national parks in the UK, Canada, and all 59 U.S. national parks.

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1 Million Check-Ins in 2016! More Than a Metric, These Are Memories.

As the end of 2016 nears, it’s been wonderful to see such amazing support for the national parks throughout the year. With the National Park Service Centennial attracting an estimated 330 million people this year (we’ll see the final totals in early 2017), the excitement around the parks was clearly visible to our team here at Chimani.

Chimani national park mobile app users “checked-in” to over 1 million points of interest in our national parks this year! That’s a lot of hikes, bikes, walks and climbs.

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But, more than just a metric, this number represents memories made, milestones reached, bucket list items checked off, and moments captured.

exEach time a Chimani user taps that little orange button within one of our more than 60 national park mobile app travel guides, they’ve logged an a unique experience. It’s at this very moment, when the plus sign changes to a badge of honor, that you’ve taken one of the most remarkable natural wonders in the world off your to-do list and conquered something truly special.

img_8991The team at Chimani would like to thank you all for making us a part of your national park experience in 2016, and we look forward to making (and logging) more memories with you in 2017!

To begin tracking YOUR visits in our national parks, simply download the free Chimani mobile app travel guide for that park. You can find them all at http://www.chimani.com

Once you’ve installed the free app, head out to your chosen national park. Once you’ve arrived at a point of interest within the park, simply locate the point of interest in the app and press the orange check-in button. The plus sign will change to a badge and “You have earned a verified visit” will appear at the bottom of the app.

Verified Visits are logged when you check in at the location of the point of interest. You can also check in to points of interest that you’ve been in the past, however, these will be listed under “visited” instead of “Verified.”

All of your collected badges can be found under the “My Chimani” section of your app.


Download the free national park mobile app travel guides by Chimani for iOS and Android on the Apple App Store and Google Play!

Year In Rewind: Chimani and the National Park Service Centennial

Delicate Arch - Arches National Park Auto Tour | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani
Delicate Arch – Arches National Park Auto Tour | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani

What an exciting year to be a national park lover!

For all of us at Chimani, it’s been a whirlwind of excitement celebrating this year’s 100th birthday of the National Park Service. From attending the Centennial season kickoff/Junior Ranger Day at Acadia National Park to launching free individual national park mobile app travel guides for all 59 US national parks.

Everglades National Park app by Chimani | Photo: Robert Caston/The Parks and Facilities Catalog
Everglades National Park app by Chimani | Photo: Robert Caston/The Parks and Facilities Catalog

Yes, we more than doubled the number of national park apps in our collection, and sure, we got to visit dozens of spectacular parks along the way, but it was YOU, our users that made it all possible!

Our team visited Acadia, Arches, Biscayne, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Death Valley, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree, Petrified Forest, Saguaro, and Zion, working with ranger and nonprofits to make our apps as accurate as possible.
We saw the creation of new national park units, including Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument in Southern California, the Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument in Washington, D.C. , the Stonewall National Monument in NYC, and the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument in Northern Maine.

Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani
Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani

Visitation was a hot topic this year, as it’s predicted that by year’s end, 330 million people will have visited the national parks this year, beating last year’s record of 307 million.

Yes, it certainly has been a wonderful year for the national parks and we can’t wait to get back out there and do it all again in 2017.

Happy Holidays and New Year from the team at Chimani!

P.S. Don’t forget to start planning your next national park trip with our free national park apps!

Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani
Jordan Pond at Acadia National Park | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani

The 6 Best National Parks For Winter Fun

Bryce Canyon National Park | Photo: Akos Kokai/CC by 2.0
Bryce Canyon National Park | Photo: Akos Kokai/CC by 2.0

It’s no secret that America’s national parks are the premiere outdoor destinations in the US during the summer, but those in-the-know will tell you (or maybe not if they want it to remain a secret) that these amazing places take on a completely new look during the winter.

Spectacular prairies becoming cross-country skiing paradises, pristine lakes and ponds ice over to perfectly reflect the stunning landscape, and most noticeably, views that are typically marred by the congestion of crowds of visitors are left unspoiled, as if it’s the first time they’ve ever been seen.

While any park can attract visitors during the summer months, there are some parks that provide another level of excitement in the winter months.

  1. Acadia National Park – Located along the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is the ultimate summer destination. With sandy beaches and oceanfront vistas, it’s no wonder that roughly 3 million people visit this park each year. But, if you’re looking to avoid the crowds, plan your trip during the winter months. While many of the park roads and facilities close for the season, the park is still open. With 45 miles of carriage roads to snowshoe and cross-country ski, it’s like having the park to yourself.
  2. Yosemite National Park – Like Acadia, Yosemite National Park sees the vast majority of its visitors in the summer, and closes off roads and facilities in the winter. But, as long as you have chains for your tires, you can still reach many of the most iconic locations. For photographers, snow covered photographs of Yosemite Valley and Tunnel View provide the trophy shot of a lifetime.
  3. Bryce Canyon National Park – Few iconic national park landmarks wear winter as well as Bryce Canyon National Park and the Bryce Amphitheater. The stunning contrast of white snow against the other-worldly shades of red rock hoodoos is worth the trip alone. For those looking to get an even more unique vantage, the Ranger-guided full moon snowshoe hikes are prime for your bucket list.
  4. Great Smoky Mountains National Park – Snow is fickle in the Great Smoky Mountains, but when it does fall, it’s a sight to be seen. Depending on the elevation, the smokies provide a thrilling spectacle during the winter that showcases varying shades of white, grays, greens, and blues. Better grab your camera!
  5. Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area – While it may not register on your mental checklist of iconic national park units, Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area is known for hosting one winter activity that isn’t often allowed in national parks: ice fishing. That’s right! Grab your traps head for the ice. Flag Up!
  6. Yellowstone National Park – Finally, Yellowstone National Park, like Bighorn Canyon, offers a unique winter activity that can’t be found in all national parks. Snowmobiling is a very popular activity in the park. With its 3,472 square miles, there’s plenty of space to explore.

No matter where you go or what you like to do in the national parks during the winter, be sure to take the free National Parks app by Chimani with you. Available for iOS and Android in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

How You Can Help The Greater Gatlinburg & Great Smoky Mountains Communities

Over the past few days, the communities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park region in Tennessee have been struck by a series of devastating wildfires. Firefighters from all over the region worked day and night to battle the flames that were fueled by extreme drought levels and one of the most heavily wooded areas in the southeast.

Firefighters at Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Photo: NPS/CC by 2.0
Firefighters at Great Smoky Mountains National Park | Photo: NPS/CC by 2.0

Over 14,000 people have been evacuated this week, and over 700 structures have been destroyed. Now, many residents are returning to find that their homes have been burned to the ground.

While the great people of Tennessee have pulled together to assist their friends, families, and neighbors, there is so much that we can all do to help these communities in their time of need.

MTV has compiled this list of places that people can make donations online:

Donate Online:

Donate to the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless to help people who have lost their homes to the fire.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has set up a disaster relief fund for Gatlinburg.

Save the Children is collecting donations to help kids displaced by the fires and their families.

Donate to the Sevier County Humane Society to help shelters that are taking in animals and those that will need to rebuild when the fires pass. At least one shelter was in the path of the fire and had to evacuate its animals.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Gatlinburg. Your community, like the mountains, will soon bloom again.

Chimani Partners With National Park Concessionaire Ortega National Parks, LLC To Improve Visitor Experience

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November 30, 2016

Contact: Thomas Tash
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Chimani Partners With National Park Concessionaire Ortega National Parks, LLC To Improve Visitor Experience

Portland, Maine – Chimani, Inc., a Maine-based developer of mobile app travel guides for national parks, has partnered with Ortega National Parks, LLC (ONP), a national park concessionaire. Ortega National Parks, LLC is a family-run company located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with over 20 years of national park concessionaire experience.

The partnership will allow the two organizations to work together to improve the experience for visitors to national parks in which ONP operates, including Acadia National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Death Valley National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Muir Woods National Monument, White Sands National Monument, and Gateway National Recreation Area.

The partnership comes during an important milestone for the national parks as the National Park Service celebrates its Centennial year. With increased interest in the national parks, park visitors are turning to their mobile devices to navigate and learn about the parks. By working together, Ortega National Parks, LLC is able to assist in ensuring that park facility information in the national park apps is up-to-date, as well as able to provide visitors with a free, paperless resource to explore the park using their smartphones or tablets. Chimani will benefit from the direct exposure to park visitors that enter any of the parks’ visitor centers, hotels, dining areas, and gift shop facilities.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be working with the team at Ortega National Parks,” said Kerry Gallivan, CEO and Co-Founder of Chimani. “The family-run company has strong values that hold true to the national park experience, including a commitment to historic preservation and environmental responsibility. With Chimani’s technological resources, we’re eager to help Ortega National Parks provide high quality resources to its visitors, while also helping to reduce waste.”

Regarding the partnership with Chimani, James Hernandez, COO of Ortega National Parks says “To find a partner and more importantly, a team of individuals at Chimani that care so deeply about promoting and sharing the experiences provided by these national treasures has been amazing.  Kerry and his team bring the highest level of technological knowledge that is only surpassed by their love for and knowledge of the parks, as well as, their ability to develop user friendly apps for all to use.”

All 59 national park mobile apps by Chimani, including Acadia National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Death Valley National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hot Springs National Park, and Petrified Forest National Park are available for free in the Apple App Store and Google Play. The app is equipped with GPS-enabled offline maps, making it possible to navigate the park without the need for a cellular connection.

“We have enjoyed supporting Chimani developed apps for National Parks” said Tom Williamson, co-owner of Ortega National Parks. “The apps really help visitors explore and tour each park and gives them a better experience and appreciation for the park.”

About Chimani, Inc.
Chimani, Inc. (www.chimani.com) creates free apps for national parks and the outdoors. Chimani’s growing suite of apps includes guides to all 59 U.S. National Parks as well as Lake District National Park in the UK. The apps are available for download in the App Store and Google Play.

About Ortega Parks, LLC
Ortega National Parks, LLC is a family-run company with over 20 years of operating experience as a National Park Service (NPS) concessioner. ONP currently manages national park facilities in Acadia, Carlsbad Caverns, Death Valley, Great Smoky Mountains, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, and Petrified Forest National Parks, as well as Muir Woods and White Sands National Monuments, and Gateway National Recreation Area. Learn more at http://ortegaparks.com/

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White Sands National Monument: The World’s Largest Gypsum Dunefield

White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.
White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.
White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.

Located in South-Central New Mexico, White Sands National Monument is a unique spectacle in the desert of the American Southwest. The great wave-like dunes of gypsum sand have engulfed 275 square miles of desert, creating the world’s largest gypsum dunefield. While the 143,733-acre park is large in size, protecting many varieties of plants and animals, it only covers a portion of the dunefield.

Over the course of millennia, the gypsum sand crystals have been carried by water and wind to the Tularosa Basin, forming the dune field to the east of Lake Lucero.

Watch the White Sands National Monument video here:

A stop at the park visitor center provides more information on how the dunes were created, and from here visitors can set off on the eight-mile Dunes Drive to view the dunes and Chihuahuan Desert as well as accessing a variety of trails. These include short hikes onto and between the dunes as well as a 4.6-mile trail across the dunes to the dry, mineral-encrusted bed of Lake Otero.

White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.
White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.

White Sands National Monument is occasionally closed for periods of time due to missile tests on the adjacent White Sands Missile Range. Visitors are encouraged to call the visitor center at (575) 479-6124 ext. 236 to verify that a closure is not in effect.

White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.
White Sands National Monument | Photo: Kerry Gallivan/Chimani, Inc.

The weather in the Tularosa Basin is usually quite nice with clear, sunny skies for approximately 330 days out of the year. Summers are hot with daytime temperatures averaging 97ºF (36ºC) in the summer and 60ºF (16ºC) in the winter. Most rainfall occurs during “monsoon season” from early-July through mid-October.

Explore White Sands National Monument as well as any of the 400+ National Park Service units with the free National Parks app by Chimani, available in the Apple App Store, Google Play, or at www.chimani.com