Tech­nol­ogy helps vis­i­tors learn about Bronte his­tory

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - MARTA MARYCHUK Oakville Beaver

OAKVILLE — The his­tory of Bronte Vil­lage comes to life with lo­cal con­tent and new tech­nol­ogy, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Min­istry of Cana­dian Her­itage Cel­e­bra­tion and Com­mem­o­ra­tion Pro­gram — Canada 150 Fund.

The Bronte Busi­ness Im­prove­ment Area (BIA) was one of two Oakville or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­ceive grants from the Canada 150 Fund in 2016, with Water­lu­tion be­ing the other.

The new tech­nol­ogy was avail­able for use on Canada Day, but the BIA of­fi­cially launched the Bronte Her­itage Trail last week.

“This trail brings Bronte’s his­tory to life,” said Oakville MP John Oliver, by con­nect­ing the new and old Bronte.

The new trail is equipped with ebea­cons that are Blue­tooth trans­mit­ters and have the ca­pa­bil­ity to send mes­sages to a mo­bile de­vice, ei­ther iPhone or An­droid, through the Bronte BIA app.

The Bronte His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety pro­duced the lo­cal con­tent for the her­itage trail that was re­flec­tive of this area, said John Rish­worth, vice-pres­i­dent of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at in­fin­i­ty­comm, which worked on the her­itage trail project.

He said there are 19 e-bea­cons lo­cated through­out Bronte Vil­lage, with each con­tain­ing in­for­ma­tion about the his­tor­i­cal fish­ing vil­lage of 1834, with the as­sis­tance of two voice ac­tors.

Some of the no­table lo­ca­tions on the Bronte Her­itage Trail in­clude the light­house, the Fish­er­men’s Memo­rial, the Outer Har­bour Ma­rina, Sovereign House, Bronte Bluffs, and Bronte Beach.

The Bronte Her­itage Trail is about two kilo­me­tres in length and takes about an hour and 30 min­utes to com­plete at a leisurely pace.

In ad­di­tion to the his­tor­i­cal in­for­ma­tion, the Bronte BIA app also has a direc­tory of all 200 Bronte BIA busi­nesses and event list­ings.

Rish­worth said the Bronte Her­itage Trail would be con­nected to the Moc­casin Trail, which is be­ing de­vel­oped by the Oakville Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, when the trail opens this fall.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the app, visit: https://park­bench.com/ news/bronte-bia-on-the-app­store.

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