Heritage comes alive when pigs run the streets

Kelowna Museums Society partners with gaming company QuestUpon to bring culture and heritage to life.

  • Feb. 14, 2015 12:00 p.m.

The Kelowna Museums Society has partnered with edutainment gaming company QuestUpon, creating a variety of experiences that bring culture and heritage to life.

Pigs On Bernard is a historical quest that combines cutting edge technology called augmented reality, (where virtual objects live and move in the real world), with Kelowna’s history and heritage. It’s basically a walking tour guided by your smartphone, turned into a game.

“The partnership of Kelowna Museums and QuestUpon is innovative and inspiring. By pairing up cutting edge virtual technology with the telling of the story of Kelowna’s rich, cultural heritage, we bring the past to life in a brand new way,” said  Linda Digby, executivedirector of Kelowna Museums Society.

“We are also very grateful for the support of the Central Okanagan Foundation for this project.”

Created by QuestUpon, in consultation with Kelowna Museums, Pigs on Bernard is being promoted during the week of Feb. 16-22 as a spotlight to Heritage Week. Throughout next week, anyone who completes the tour and comes into the Okanagan Heritage Museum will have a chance to enter their name into a draw to win their very own herd of chocolate pigs from Annegret’s.

The tour begins on Bernard Avenue and guides the user through the downtown Kelowna area, finishing their experience at Okanagan Heritage Museum.

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