Toronto-based interactive mapping app ‘Driftscape’ has just been updated to include Hidden and Historic Guelph points of interest, such as long-lost Guelph Opera House, the Carnegie Library and Bell Piano Factory, among others (via GuelphToday).
Driftscape is an existing smartphone app that maps out sites of interest in different cities. According to the Downtown Guelph Business Association, the movie is expected to drive traffic to the hard-hit restaurants and retailers in the city’s downtown.
“The long-term goal is when the pandemic is finally behind us thousands of people from Toronto and elsewhere who have this app, if they are coming to Guelph, will open it up and see what is there,” said Marty Williams, executive director of the Downtown Guelph Business Association.
“It might say a famous poet lived here,” said Williams. “It’s a fun little thing you can do with your family, with your bubble, to check out all of the things you might not have known about in Downtown Guelph,” said Williams.
The app is also currently populated with current points of interest, like the Basilica of Our Lady Immaculate, from a Canadian list of historic places. Williams said in some ways the app can take the place of a historic plaque traditionally used to denote a historical landmark.
The Driftscape app, which allows for people to explore on their own or with family, is available as a free download in the App Store.