OUR VIEW PENINSULA: Using digital to get real

Hopefully, users of the Explora Trail App will take advantage of it, and enjoy the great outdoors

There is something to be said about the new trail app for mobile devices that will enable families to find out more about Sidney Spit.

The Gulf Islands Natural Park Reserve launched its new app recently, featuring maps, quizzes, photos and information about Sidney Spit. It’s part of their Explora Trail App, which is already at work on other Gulf Islands.

As the old adage goes, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. The app is a great addition to the reams of hard-copy information out there about the parks on and around the Saanich Peninsula. After all, as more and more people turn to their digital devices first, why not have additional information and activities?

Hopefully, the apps will not only encourage people to learn more, but to perhaps put the phone or tablet away for a while and dig deeper.

It’s certainly great to be directed to a space in a park that’s unique in its history or natural environment.

It’s much greater if, once a person gets there, they get their hands dirty. Not necessarily by digging up dirt, but by exploring where they are —putting the electronics down for a second and enjoying  what’s around them.

From the PNR’s preview of the Sidney Spit app, there appears to be a lot going for it — and Parks staff have made sure there are some pretty interesting things to find. By using modern technology to get people there, it could spark a life-long desire to explore, to learn more and even to perhaps someday develop an app of their own that goes into great detail about the things they dug up on Sidney Spit.

So, in that vein, the project is a success.

Hopefully, users of the Explora Trail App will take advantage of it, and enjoy the great outdoors — as brought to them via the digital world.

 

Just Posted

Multi-vehicle crash along the Malahat leaves traffic crawling

Southbound lane heavily delayed at Malahat Summit

BC GAMES: Victoria athletes hit the podium

Gold, silver and bronze performances in equestrian, kayak, rowing, golf

Victoria man arrested in connection with Hillside murder

Daniel Creagh faces second-degree murder charge in death of Joseph Gauthier

PHOTO GALLERY: Phillips Backyard Weekender hits all the right notes

Local and international acts keep Victoria crowd cutting a rug

Raccoons making themselves at home on Saanich property

Resident blames neighbour for attracting pests to area

BC Wildfire merges two Okanagan wildfires

Large plume of smoke seen over the fire was a controlled event

Lower Mainland teams battle for baseball gold at BC Games

Vancouver Coastal squeaked out a 3-2 win against Fraser Valley

The Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw people signed an agreement-in-principle with the B.C. government

The signing ceremony, at the Eliza Archie Memorial School, was 25 years in the making

Ping-pong balls of fire dropped to merge two B.C. wildfires

The merger is considered successful by BC Wildfire Services

Canada to resettle dozens of White Helmets and their families from Syria

There are fears the volunteers would become a target for government troops

Francesco Molinari wins British Open at Carnoustie

It is his first win at a major and the first by an Italian

Government sets full-time salary range for Justin Trudeau’s nanny

At its top range, the order works out to a rate of $21.79 per hour, assuming a 40-hour work week

Gold medals for Victoria rowers at BC Games

Both girls row out of the Victora City Rowing Club at Elk Lake

Recovery high schools could help teens before addiction takes hold: B.C. parents

Schools could provide mental health supports and let parents discuss their children’s drug use openly

Most Read