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Kawartha Lakes cultural maps now available online

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October 27, 2015 - The City of Kawartha Lakes Economic Development department has launched a series of online cultural maps highlighting more than 700 local cultural resources and assets.

The online maps provide a comprehensive snapshot of the City’s 761 cultural businesses, organizations, facilities, spaces, festivals, events and more.

“The maps are a valuable tool for both residents and visitors, making it easy to identify and locate our local cultural resources,” explained Debra Soule, Arts, Culture and Heritage Development Officer. “Whether you are looking for live theatre or a dance school, heritage buildings, or a cafe that features local art and music, the interactive maps pinpoint the location of each cultural asset and enable the viewer to click to open pop-ups that provide additional information and link to the websites for each cultural entry.”

The online cultural maps are available on the City’s Economic Development website at www.advantagekawarthalakes.ca and by clicking the Cultural Maps button on the lower right hand side of the page.

“There are several innovative map features to choose from, including views of community-specific assets for Bobcaygeon, Fenelon Falls, Lindsay, Coboconk and Kinmount, as well as maps depicting local driving tours that showcase a variety of cultural and natural resources,” said Ms. Soule. “One of the highlights of the new mapping is the ‘Our Stories’ map depicting Kawartha Lakes’ intangible culture. This map features stories that were submitted by local residents in the recent ‘Gathering Our Stories’ project describing the origins of our communities.”

The Our Stories map includes a timeline that identifies when a story took place as well as its location on the map. Viewers are invited to submit additional stories and photos to further enrich this exciting presentation of the area’s unique local history and cultural identity.

“We’re very proud of the new cultural maps and know it will be a tremendous asset to our residents and visitors in showcasing the abundance of cultural assets here in Kawartha Lakes,” added Ms. Soule.

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For more information please contact:

Debra Soule
  Arts, Culture and Heritage Development Officer
Economic Development
705-324-9411 extension 1498
dsoule@city.kawarthalakes.on.ca

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