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Interactive history walking tour app launches in Fort Macleod

With summer upon us and COVID-19 restrictions finally lifting, many Canadians are eager to get out and explore their local communities.

The On This Spot historic walking tour app, launching new content in Fort Macleod this month, provides the perfect opportunity for families and individuals to get outside and explore in a safe, responsible way.

“Smartphones can make local history vastly more accessible and engaging, and COVID has only accelerated an ongoing trend towards adoption of these digital technologies,” Andrew Farris, chief executive officer of On This Spot said. “Now anyone with a smartphone can see Fort Macleod through the eyes of people a century or more ago, creating an exciting and tangible connection with the past.”

Those who download this free app will be able to view more than 150 historic photos of Fort Macleod, along with two new historic walking tours.

Users will be able to stand in the footprints of the photographers who took these photos and compare the changes between past and present.

The historic photographs date from the 1890s to the 1960s and dramatically illustrate the transformations Fort Macleod has undergone over the years.

The walking tours will take the user through Fort Macleod’s early history and culture.

The first tour will take users through the historic downtown, sharing the stories of the community’s earliest settlers and businesses.

The second tour explores the origins and history of the North West Mounted Police and how they contributed to the creation of Fort Macleod.

The photos and tours will be available on the On This Spot app or on-line at

The project was developed in a partnership between the Fort Macleod Cultural Tourism Heritage Alliance and On This Spot.

The On This Spot app is designed to make high-quality local history accessible to the widest possible audience, and encourage people to visit — or plan to visit — Fort Macleod.

Now, Canadians can experience an unparalleled depth of local history, all while getting outdoors and staying safely socially distanced.

“The tour and photographs aren’t just for tourists, but for people who have called this community home their entire lives,”  Ferris said. “This experience is especially popular with young people, and we hope this becomes a fantastic educational tool for people growing up in Fort Macleod, and it encourages them to see and think about their community in a new way.”

On This Spot was founded in Vancouver in 2016, and has partnered with over 50 cities in eight provinces, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, and Halifax.

The app also has coverage in more than 20 cities across Alberta, including Calgary, Edmonton, Lacombe, Vulcan, Strathmore and Okotoks.

This summer the app will be launching new content in 30 more communities across Canada.

The app is free to download from and available on iOS and Android devices.

The photos will also be freely available on On This Spot’s Web site.

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