Most people are familiar with AR technology through the popularity of Pokémon Go. With the Engage app’s St. Thomas adventure, AR technology is being used to learn about our own community. Users can walk to a particular location and use the app to scan the area, which will initiate the AR attraction. The attractions range from themed minigames to short history features, covering themes like the region’s railway history, mural artwork, and the veteran’s memorial.
Summer 2021 is starting off bright and bold!
Building on the tremendous success of the ‘Track to the Future’ mural project that launched in 2020, Railway City Tourism began a new phase of the project - creating a scavenger hunt of original elephant murals throughout St. Thomas! This homage honouring Jumbo the Elephant started the season with artist Kristyn Watterworth and her colourfully fun parade of elephants found across from the entry to the St. Thomas Elevated Park.
Explore the Railway City this Spring!
Find off-the-beaten track trails, parks, public art, and so much more! Be surprised by your own backyard and win prizes along the way.
From photographing a Blue Heron to visitng our favourite local elephant to say "Hi", the Railway City Scavenger Hunt has a mix of easy, intriguing, and more challenging missions to take part in. Emerging after a long winter (and, LBR, and rather lengthy 2020) it's time to shake off the cobwebs and discover some of our local hidden, and not so hidden, gems! We won't give it all away, afterall what's the fun in that?
Read on to learn how to sign up and just what's at stake!
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Having to change direction like pretty much everyone else out there this past year, and moving on from in-person events, Relish has been working to forge stronger connections between you and our local farmers and food producers. We have an incredible array of locally made goods in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Goods that come from the land surrounding us and from the hands of passionate locals.
Building on the tremendous success of the ‘Track to the Future’ mural project, Railway City Tourism is requesting expressions of interest from artists who would like to design and paint an original mural of an elephant in St. Thomas! This is a rare opportunity to connect one of the key stories in the history and mythology of the community – specifically, the death of Jumbo the Elephant in 1885 – with the future of the city in augmented reality. Indeed, the artwork will serve two purposes: first, each artist selected will paint an elephant mural in St. Thomas; second, select elephant murals will be incorporated into the new ‘Engage’ augmented reality app to be designed by EXAR Studios and launched in summer 2021! Users of the app will be able to see the elephants as avatars that help guide explorations of the city.
Join us on a culinary adventure! For the month of February 2021, we invite you to download your Global Flavours Passport and experience the world in St. Thomas. Have fun, show some local love, and make February a delectable month for the record books!
Today in the blog we thought we'd highlight some of the most popular cultural locales on the passport and how you can enjoy some authentic cuisine!
Learn more about the event here: Global Flavours
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Has anyone ever heard the story of the cow, the buffalo and the storm?
Let's start with the cow.
When a storm is brewing a cow can sense it coming in and will start to run in the opposite direction. As one would expect, the cow cannot possibly outrun the storm. What happens as they continue to run, is they end up running along with the storm. They have completely managed to maximize the pain, time and stress brought by that storm.
Many of us love to travel far and wide, exploring new places and thrilling at new experiences. There is value in that type of exploration and learning about different people & places. The flip side is when we spend our energy on this form of travel, we can be too drained or without the time to explore places closer to home.
In the new world we find ourselves in, exploring close to home reaps many many rewards!
It is not down in any map; true places never are.