The popular Billy Stewart series, written by young author Alan M. Bergeron and illustrated by Sambar (Samuel Barnet), takes on a new shape thanks to the mobile app just launched by the Arthabasca Centre. The application transports users to five locations in the territory.
Initiated by Véronique Audy of MRC d’Arthabaska, this project has seen the light of day after three years of hard work. “The goal was to create a family activity aimed primarily at children aged 6 to 12 who, in addition to participating in research, would discover our MRC municipalities while having fun,” Governor Alan said. when the request was submitted. Launching Friday morning at Perrault’s Covered Bridge in Warwick, it is one of five locations that will each offer a different adventure.
Terre-des-Junes Park and Mont Arthabaska in Victoriaville, the Cascades Trail in Ham-Nord and Bernard-Lemaire Park up to Marie-Victorin Park in Kingsey Falls are other suggested venues. “Each adventure can be experienced individually or one after the other in different locations,” said Alain St-Pierre.
The application, which can be downloaded immediately and completely free of charge, offers stories to read at home, and then tasks to be carried out on foot in various places. “The Imp Petrill, who has recently been released from his prison, causes disasters in his path. An invitation is sent to come and help Billy Stewart and the Zentribedes in order to thwart his malicious schemes. To achieve this, the governor warned, it is necessary to open your eyes to discover clues, to be cunning to decipher mysteries and to Be in good shape to face challenges.”
The app uses geolocation and augmented reality to provide participants with an interactive experience in which they will have to find clues, overcome challenges and face tests of skill, but also intellectual and physical.
Yannick Gosselin of Symbioz was called in to develop the app and actor Victoria Nicolas Gendron, who gave his voice to the little raccoon character. “Today, this new app allows local creators to see their world take a new shape,” said Alain St-Pierre.
The designers also expressed their pride and gratitude. “We are very proud of this success,” said Alain Bergeron. I would like to thank Véronique Audy who started the project three years ago. And thanks to Yannick Jocelyn, the cornerstone through which it all goes. “
This new circuit comes as Billy Stewart turns 10 in the fall. “We are very pleased that Bailey has a new life with this potential as well to extend it at the MRC over the coming years,” commissioned the young author.
“We are proud of the project, it has been a long process. We are delighted that this is a way to rejuvenate Billy Stewart. It gives us great pride to see our work perpetuated for a long time to come in our hometown,” Sambar said.
“We can’t say it enough. We are proud to come from here, and proud to stay there. And if Billy and his friends can be used to promote the area, we are very proud and honored,” concluded Alan M. Bergeron.
The “Billy Stewart – Legend of the Devil Petrel” arena is an initiative of MRC d’Arthabaska, supported by the Government of Quebec, and in partnership with the City of Victoriaville and Tourisme Victoriaville and its region.
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