(Cowansville) The City of Cowansville Wednesday presented the revamped version of its heritage circuit. In addition to updating information boards dotted along the route, the municipality is now offering an interactive map and a free mobile application available to history buffs.
“Cowansville has a beautiful built heritage, [the goal] is to know him more, among both tourists and citizens,” said Councillor and Deputy Mayor Sylvie Beauregard.
The City recently installed 22 new information boards in front of the buildings considered heritage.
“Our goal was to have a less didactic approach, to make it more anecdotal and attractive to visitors,” says Marie-Maude Relief, Director of Culture, Tourism and Heritage in the City of Cowansville.
Important partner of the project, Michel Racicot provided an overview of the topics covered throughout the course. The president of the Cowansville Historical Society notably spoke of the “ghosts” of the festive house Vilas-Bruck. He also discussed the turbulent arrival of first car in town, owned by George Knight industrial Nesbitt.
Along five kilometers, the new route starts in front of the house-Shufelt Pinsonnault, located in the Pierre-Laporte Boulevard before entering Main Street. It then passes by William streets and South and ends at the Church Sainte-Thérèse-de-Child Jesus.
The points of interest are gathered in the brochure “Cowansville old.”
Launched in the early 2000s, the heritage circuit now takes a digital. Inspired by technology in fashion, the project managers have developed an interactive map, which is accessible via the municipality’s website and mobile GuidiGo.
The goal is to reach a wider audience, regardless of age and geographical origin.
With forty steps GuidiGo the application offers an enhanced content versus explanatory panels circuit. “(…) It accompanies visitors during the course with audio clips presenting the buildings features, photos, history slices and suggested stops,” says Marie-Maude Relief.
The application is available in digital stores App Store and Google Play. An English version is under development.
Unify the community
Divided into three sections ( “Sweetsburg”, “in-between” and “Nelsonville”), the heritage circuit demonstrates the “turf war” that has marked the history of the municipality.
“There were two nuclei of villagers who were not so happy living together. But when everyone started to work together, we did get a lake, attract more people and grow, “says Marie-Maude Relief.
Since revamped version of the circuit is not intended as tourists, Ms. Secours Cowansville hope the citizens will be interested to learn about their environment.
“The knowledge and perception of the history of the city, it may influence the rooting of people,” she says.