FAMILY FUN – The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society (RDCHS) and the Cronquist House invites families to venture down to Bower Ponds through to Aug. 15th for a ‘Scanvenger Hunt’ using QR codes like this one displayed by Malorie Montpetit

‘Scanvenger’ hunt in City this week

  • Aug. 13, 2014 3:22 p.m.

The Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society is taking family fun and pairing it with technology this week as they invite families down to the Cronquist House and Bower Ponds through to Aug. 15th from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. to their ‘Scanvenger Hunt’.

Malorie Montpetit, Cronquist House interpreter and program coordinator for the RDCHS asks that families bring a smart phone and download the free QR code scanner app from their smart phone app store after which they can find the many scattered QR codes throughout Bower Ponds for their chance to win a grand prize.

Montpetit explains all participants need for the event is, “Your smart phone then pop into the Cronquist House to sign up, get the first clue and a quick demo on how to play, if needed, then you’re off to the races.”

Join up with others or work through the riddles yourself to be the first to find all 10 of the hidden QR codes through out Bower Ponds.

“All are in rhymes and riddles and some can be a bit trickier,” explained Montpetit. “It’s designed for a younger group that maybe want to try using a different technology, but it is still recommended an adult accompanies.”

Montpetit estimates the hunt could take any where from 20 minutes to and hour and half depending on how well participants know the area.

The hunt was initiated by Montpetit who explained how she, “Wanted to do something that would get families out and about while incorporating technology into the mix.”

QR codes, abbreviated from Quick Response Code, is a type of barcode originating from Japan, used to store information.

The information is readable by scanning the black module using a downloadable app.

For more information on the Scanvenger Hunt, contact the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society at 403-346-0055 or visit their web site at

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