Humans may not have invented a real time machine just yet, but a Vancouver man’s latest app comes pretty close.
Called “On This Spot“, the app allows Vancouver residents to see what various locations in their city looked like about a century ago. The idea was inspired by Pokemon Go, and works in a similar way. Except, rather than having users scouring the city for Squirtles or Bulbasaurs, people move around to various areas of historical significance. Once they’ve reached one, the app will allow you to see what the spot you’re standing on looked like many years ago.
“There’s a lot of interesting history here,” said the app’s co-creator, Andrew Farris. “So we were hoping to try and awaken historical interest in a lot of people.”
Essentially, the app has 600 old photos of various locations saved and ready to go. These images are organized into walking tours (so far there are 11, with five more planned), which ultimately tell Vancouver’s story. Some of the highlights include the origins of the Stanley Park Seawall, Granville Island before it was an island, the Great Fire of Vancouver and military vehicles at Kitsilano Beach.
While the app’s Canadian historical photographs are mostly limited to Vancouver and Victoria, it also contains incredible images from WWII-era UK, France, Germany and Japan.
Interested? The app is available for free on both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.