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Fort Edmonton Park using technology, transit to bring history to life

Costumed interpreters from Fort Edmonton Park are coming to a bus stop near you.

A trapper, soldier or number of other characters will appear on smartphone screens after one of the park’s official logos on 75 benches located at bus stops throughout the city is scanned via a new app.

What happens is a 30-second history lesson, said Sandra Green, Fort Edmonton Park’s managing director, business development.

“It’s a way for us to take the museum out to the streets,” said Green.

The launch of the app precursors the opening of the park on Saturday, which is when other transit-oriented changes take effect.

South Campus Transit Centre is now officially South Campus/Fort Edmonton Park Transit Centre, and a bulletin board of park information is on site and will be updated throughout the season.

There is also a new shuttle, as Route 595 will run the three-minute route from the transit centre to the park every 20 minutes. It complements Route 596, which will run once an hour to the park, the John Janzen Nature Centre and the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

Roving costumed interpreters will also be at the station and riding the LRT Thursday and Friday, promoting the park’s first day.

“I think that people think they’ve already seen it here,” said Green. “But it’s so different. There is so much to see, and there’s so many different things to do.”

Get the app

  • The app is an Augmented Reality experience offered through Aurasma. To access it, download the Aurasma app (supported devices listed here), then search and follow the Fort Edmonton Park Aurasma Channel.
  • The app also allows pictures of the experience to be taken, and later posted on Facebook and Twitter.

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