The Heart of London App has received its Second Award!
The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario: London Region and Heritage London Foundation awarded The Heart of London one of its 2017 Heritage Awards. The award recognizes Deb's educational and technical achievements on behalf of London's history and built heritage and for development of the app.
The Heart of London app was recognized as a finalist for the first ever Ontario’s Southwest Innovation Award, and received third place in a presentation made in Chatham, Ontario, on March 8th.
The competition included submissions from the counties and areas of: Haldimand, Norfolk, Oxford, Elgin, London, Middlesex, Sarnia-Lambton, Chatham-Kent and Windsor-Essex. First place went to Smackwater Jack's in Grand Bend.
The newly created, annual, award recognizes businesses and organizations who have made a positive impact on the tourism industry in the region by:
The Heart of London is a new initiative that addresses the need for just in time content to be provided to thousands of mobile users while drawing them into downtown London.
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Enjoy this fun and delightful historical tour of London Ontario, while relaxing at home or while meandering along the riverside at the forks of the Thames River, in the Heart of London, Ontario, Canada.
Deb Rogers is your personal tour-guide providing over 90 minutes of video and great stories about London and a number of characters who contributed to its success and colourful history. Deb not only provides you with historical details but also personal and humourous comments.
Have fun while you watch videos about Eldon House, Museum London, Thomas Talbot, The Battle of the Atlantic, Middlesex County Building, Labatt Park, Blackfriars Bridge and of course, London's first hanging! Find out why London is called "The Forest City!"
Use this app during your daily route along the river or when you bring guests into London and want to show them around our beautiful city. Teachers be sure to use this app in your classroom to supplement your local history lessons. Connect your iPad to your whiteboard and take your students for a mostly pre-confederation tour.
New Londoners & Out of Town Visitors: This app will provide you with the history of London while you enjoy the beauty of the forks of the Thames River in the Heart of downtown London, at your leisure, on your own schedule. Complete the tour and then wrap-it-up by enjoying a museum or one of the local restaurants.
Bonus Song Included: The Forks of the Thames, written by Val Morrison, is included and not available anywhere else except in this app. Listen to it and hum along as you proceed from Labatt Park to Blackfriars Bridge!
Heart of London: Embedded version:
It is a large app because all 30 videos are embedded in the app. Embeding the videos as content within the app means that you have all content with you at all times. There is no need to reuse your data plan to stream the videos each time you want to watch them. Check your space on your device before you download, you will need 1.5 Gigabytes available. It's worth the download.
Streamed Version: The streamed version contains links to the videos so the file size is a lot smaller. The streamed version requires an internet connection to watch the videos as they are streamed to your device each time you watch a video. It works over wifi or cellular. Be careful with your data plan.
Accessibility: All sites are wheelchair accessible except for the Battle of the Atlantic on the Prevost property (Button #12). This site may be viewed from above or from the other side of the fence below, from the bike path (Just beside #13 location). The Prevost just recently received a grant to upgrade their site for improved accessibility. These changes will be happening soon.
Heart of London Tour App is easy to use
The app opens presenting a user with a map of the route. The user may pinch and zoom-in to enlarge the view then tap a black button to watch a video of information about the location.
Two other key pages in the app are the Index page, which directs you to content in each video and a Time Line page which lists chronologically all the content covered in the app.
Heart of London Walking Tour for Individuals or Groups
Deb is passionate about sharing the stories of London's past!
A tour with Deb is different than with other tour guides because you will hear stories about people, places, events and maybe even a dog! You will hear fun stories and devastatingly sad stories.
You'll hear about a rotten egg smell that exploded and turned into cash and about famous people who visited the area.
The tour focuses mostly on pre-confederation events however, you will also venture into the 20th century.
Deb has a love of local history and a passion for current technology. She was the President of The London and Middlesex Historical Society, Chair of The London Advisory Committee on Heritage, a member of the Elgin County Archives, The Guy Lombardo Museum and the Ontario Heritage Council.