You can now plan your own Historic tour of Central Alberta!
In the summer of 2020 Lacombe Regional Tourism led a cooperative project that included an innovative app called On This Spot, the Town of Blackfalds, the Town of Bentley, the Town of Eckville, the Village of Clive, and the Village of Alix.
This project was made possible by joint contributions from each municipality, Lacombe Regional Tourism, On This Spot as well as the 2020 Partnership Marketing Investment Grant through Travel Alberta.
Central Alberta is filled with historic buildings, and this app helps visitors locate and plan self guided tours of these structures, and/or locations of historic significance. It allows users to see the location then and it’s current appearance, some photos include sliders for easy comparison. In addition there is historic information about each location sourced and provided through thorough research by local historic societies and Andrew Farris, co-founder and CEO of On This Spot.
Historic tourism is not a new idea, but most think of places like Great Wall of China, the Acropolis of Athens in Greece, or Stonehenge in England. However, right here in Central Alberta we are full of provincially designated buildings, and history that has helped form our municipalities. The Flatiron building in Lacombe is one such building. It was built in 1904, and was home to the Merchants bank of Canada. It is now the home to Lacombe Regional Tourism. In 1906 Lacombe suffered a massive fire that destroyed the whole block around the Flatiron building, the only building left standing was the Flatiron. The Town fathers then enacted ordinances that required any further buildings be built of brick and that the remaining framed buildings be sheathed in brick. This is why Lacombe has the largest grouping of Edwardian Architecture still standing in Alberta.
On This Spot app users can now learn more about the history of Central Alberta, & easily plan their self guided historic tour in person, and even from the comfort of their own home. Download the app from the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store and start planning your historic tour of Central Alberta today!
Read the Lacombe Express article here.
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