media release

New App celebrates Vancouver’s hidden history

November 25, 2011

Noni Maté, 7th Floor Media, 778.782.5271,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

A new iPhone and iPod Touch application designed in part by Simon Fraser University’s 7th Floor Media, the Canadian Encyclopedia and the Historica-Dominion Institute is shedding the image of a traditional tourist map.

Vancouver In Time shares the hidden stories of Vancouver, revealing the exact locations of where they happened through your iPhone.

Ghosts of the Vancouver Art Gallery, Howard Hughes’ legendary stay at the Bayshore Hotel, even the Babes in the Woods murders, all are covered by Vancouver in Time, giving the user a unique and rich portrayal of the city’s past.

“We wanted stories that pulled the public in and were a fast read – the most intriguing stories that weren’t necessarily going to be in a guide book or on a walking tour,” says Noni Maté, director of 7th Floor Media.

“Our team did the research on the stories and conducted the design and programming. This is the first real mobile app they’ve created and it has received a fantastic response.”

Vancouver In Time is the first in a series of applications. Toronto is the next city to be covered, with Ottawa and Montreal soon to follow. There are also plans to expand the project to include an iPad version of the application, as well as to adapt the application to the Android platform.

“We have started to rethink how we approach projects for our clients,” explains Maté. “While in the past we mostly have designed websites, now we ask the question ‘will this work as an app?’”


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