Who says time travel is impossible? The Canadian Encyclopedia, a program of the Historica-Dominion Institute, is pleased to take you on a trip through time in its second free app in its “Cities in Time” series, Toronto in Time.
The mobile app for iOS and Android provides a gateway to Toronto’s past and compares it to the present to show its contemporary relevance. The stories of the city not only tell Toronto’s history, but explore the tensions between past and present, which is revealed by what we choose to keep—or dismantle—of our physical history.
The app series was conceived by James Marsh, editor in chief of The Canadian Encyclopedia, and created by the encyclopedia’s editorial team, consultants at Heritage Toronto, and the City of Toronto. Together, they curated a list of stories, themes, and trails, researched images, and staged photo-shoots around the city. The design and development of the “Cities in Time” apps are by 7th Floor Media from Simon Fraser University. Mr. Marsh notes his inspiration as the stories that can be found “in street corners, and in parks, and old storefronts, the history that is hidden or just unknown by the average person.”
If you don’t have a mobile device, you can still enjoy the app’s content on its accompanying website.
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Download Toronto in Time from the App Store
Download Toronto in Time from the Google Play store