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Discover Saint John has an app to teach tourists about city

An app using a Google Map overlay of Saint John is changing the way people tour the city.

App uses google map overlay to point tourists to historic parts of city

A new free app offered by Discover Saint, allows users to see historic images and pictures of the city from their smart phones. (Discover Saint JOhn)

An app using a Google Map overlay of Saint John is changing the way people tour the city.

Discover Saint John launched the app in April and is hoping the smart tech can mesh the present and past of Saint John.

The downloadable app combines the self-guided historic tours with information and pictures.

The free app is available through the Google Play store and the Apple App store.

Victoria Clarke said once the app is downloaded to the phone it doesn't require the use of data and hopes tourists can avoid data usage fees.

"If you click maps at the bottom and you're not in a tour, when you see the sheer density of the things in the uptown it's absolutely amazing," said Clarke, executive director of Discovery Saint John.

She is hoping the app allows people to explore much more of the city.

She said making the app was a collaborative effort and many people in the city helped to launch it, and especially pointed out Harold Wright for his historical knowledge  and images.

"A quick walk down Prince William Street would blow your mind if you knew the history behind," said Clarke.

She's hoping tourists and locals alike can use the app to better learn and appreciate the city.

Clarke said the app is multifunctional, allowing users to take traditional self-guided historic walking tours, or plot out their own course. 

She also mentioned their selfie tour, a tour of historical landmarks with notable celebrities Photoshopped in.

"If you're out there listening to us now Oprah, you should come and visit our great city," said Clarke to Information Morning Saint John.

with files from Information Saint John