Gull Lake Setting up Heritage Walking Tour
Written by Jessica Vallee on Thursday, 07 August 2014
The Town of Gull Lake wants to invite residents and tourist into their rich history by setting up a Heritage Walking Tour, which will highlight the buildings and locations that played a part in the town’s history.
Organizer Craig Baird says the tour is an initiative of the Gull Lake Tourism Board after the town participated in a competition.
“Last year when we did the Communities in Bloom competition, one of the judges had said was that we should have more heritage so we decided to do something like the Gull Lake walking tour; it’s a heritage tour that looks at all of the old buildings in town, the ones that are still around and the ones that are long gone,” said Baird.
Baird says there are many interesting locations on the tour, such as the Wong Guy shoe-shop, which became a community heritage property last year.
“Guy Wong was around here from 1922 to 1979 and when he closed the doors, nobody else had been inside that building, so when we went in 2013 everything was exactly how it was the day he left in 1979, including his retirement cards sitting on the counter, cigarette butts, things like that,” said Baird.
Baird adds that local voice artist Jason Hull teamed up with the tourism board to record information to give visitors all the information they need on the self-guided walking tour.
“We’re going to be having signs put up in the next couple of weeks. Once those are done, we’re looking at getting QR codes put on the signs so people can either scan the QR code with their phone or download the walking tour from iTunes and listen to the various histories of the buildings they walk past. We did that because we wanted it to be a self-guided tour and we can only say so much on the pamphlets, so the audio really lets people delve into the history,” said Baird.
Over twenty buildings and locations are included on the tour and Baird expects that by mid-August visitors to Gull Lake will be able to delve deeper into the town’s history.
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