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Mobile App Helps Upper Fort Garry Celebrate Opening

August 14, 2015 11:33 AM | News

Upper Fort Garry AppWINNIPEG — History is being shared with present day technology at the new Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park.

Along with a ribbon cutting on Friday to officially open the downtown Winnipeg park, a mobile app was launched to help connect visitors with the park’s rich history and points of interest.

“Today we are celebrating as we officially open the park and unveil the exciting new technology that makes it so unique,” said Jimm Simon, executive director of Friends of Upper Fort Garry.

“The construction fence came down last week, opening the park to the public. Today, with the help of technology, visitors can journey back in time.”

Simon says visitors can check on the app to see what the Fort previous looked like, while giving them a virtual glimpse into history. The mobile app was developed by Winnipeg-based Pattern Interactive design studio.

More interactive features from the developer are promised in future updates, such as audio tours, live interaction with the heritage wall, and interactive learning tools.

The app is a free download for users in the App Store and on Google Play.

The Fort acted as the headquarters of the Hudson Bay Company from the 1830s to the 1880s.