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A Winnipeg organization hopes its new smarphone application will help users have a blast on Winnipeg’s trails this summer.
The Winnipeg Trails Association (WTA) recently launched the app, which encourages its users to capture gems at points of interest on trails and greenways.
Users download the app , then select their mode of transportation, whether that be on foot or using a wheelchair, skateboard, rollerblades or bicycle. They then travel the city’s trails looking for treasure, aided by clues on their phones.
If that sounds familiar, that’s because the concept is similar to the Pokemon Go app currently sweeping the nation.
The similarity is total coincidence, as WTA app was in development long before Pokemon Go was released, organizers say.
"Yeah, it’s kind of like Pokemon Go but this is real life," WTA coordinator Anders Swanson said.
"We want you to go outside and play with your head up. So when we’re all done chasing invisible monsters, come check out all the cool stuff you can find right here in Winnipeg."
Swanson came up with the idea for a game at the WTA’s 2015 annual general meeting. Fortunately, his brother, Torrin, is a developer who has created transportation and gaming applications.
Students and volunteers have crisscrossed Winnipeg’s trail system this summer, entering GPS coordinates of interesting locations along the way. Those have become the gems people can collect.
To promote the app, the Winnipeg Trails Association will host a Gem Blast in North Kildonan on Sun. ,Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.
Treasure hunters should meet on the Chief Peguis Trail near the Gateway pedestrian overpass. Prizes include a custom Winnipeg Trails longboard.
Community correspondent - East Kildonan
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