Media Relations

Media contacts requesting further background information or interviews related to our History Check app project, may contact:

Sheila Willis, Project Manager
Impact Tourism –
Cell (780) 805-1390

History Check App – Background

History Check app project started in the spring 2015 as a very general brainstorm concept of Sheila Willis sketched on a paper napkin. In having an idea, and not sure how to make it happen as an app, Sheila approached Scott Astle for help in design and input on the features it could have, converting her general ideas into a working, feature loaded app.

This lead to the formation of Friends of Historical Northern Alberta Society (FHNAS) that took the project under their wing as a non-profit, contracting Scott Astle to be Technical Lead on the app project.  On a shoe string budget and thousand of volunteer hours, and a limited focus of only promoting Northern Alberta communities at first, Sheila and Scott brought the conceptual idea to life as History Check app, version 1.0, in the spring of 2016.

From 2016 forward to the fall of 2018, FHNAS struggled as a non-profit to find funding to cover ongoing costs of the app’s operations, and the society turned the project over to Sheila & Scott to continue it’s mission and goals. Impact Tourism was formed by Sheila & Scott and took over the project as a for profit business as of December 2018. Since then, they have worked towards expanding the scope of the project to host content that cover the entire province. Doing so, while keeping the all inclusive and collaborative mission statement the project initially started with. Each passing month more Alberta municipalities, First Nations, and Metis Settlements are becoming involved and contributing historical and travel related content to the History Check App project, it continues to grow. Continues to share those unique community level heritage stories and wonderful travel related adventures and services that can be so easily overlooked simply ‘driving past’ a community while travelling in Alberta.

Today, June 21, was the official expansion to province wide coverage within the History Check app – with well over 500+ Alberta communities now listed and content growing on the app with each passing week.

Tourism and travel related businesses are encourage to make sure they get their basic listing added – it’s free to do so. There is also the opportunity to advertise their business or product service in the History Check app that allows them to found by keyword searches related to the travelers needs, covering everything from recreation, basic travel services and even special need amenities; Such as “pet friendly”, “motorcycle friendly”, “baby change rooms” and all the other unique needs we have while travelling across Alberta. The cost for advertising with History Check is far cheaper than radio or newspaper advertising, reaches the customer directly at their mobile device, for a cost that is less than a dollar a day, in-app advertising further helps History Check app users find travel related services through keyword search, and those businesses in immediate proximity to where they are as they travel – A unique combination of features for those who are travelling within Alberta.

There has been some who have approached to see when History Check will include other provinces and territories – and that is something that is currently under future consideration; but for now the focus of History Check app is to bring the hidden heritage and travel secrets of Alberta communities to those who are visiting and travelling within Alberta.

How you can help? Download the app from and enjoy the rich Alberta heritage and community-level travel services the app offers in helping you navigate touring through Alberta communities and highways. As an Alberta small business, make sure your information is listed for free – which can be done by filling out a form at the website. Of course, Sheila and Scott encourage advertising in the History Check app, because that is what keeps the app alive and pays for it’s operations.

A project born in concept from Albertans, built by Albertans, for Albertans; as an all inclusive, collaborating project that promotes Alberta communities on the world stage of heritage, travel, and tourism.

Any questions don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Scott Astle, Technical Lead
History Check App
powered by Impact Tourism

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June 21, 2019 – Royce Chwin, CEO, Travel Alberta Corp. Sends His Congratulations For History Check App!

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June 21, 2019 – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney Congratulates History Check App in Going Province Wide

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History Check – Explore Alberta With Informative Travel Companion App!

History Check App – Built For Albertans, By Albertans..

Get Involved today – Going Province Wide on June 21-22, 2019!

Get Your Community Point of Internet or Travel Service Listed on The History Check App Today!

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What Is The History Check App? Introduction Video

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We’ve put together an ‘introduction video’ as a visual aide that helps explain our History Check app’s functions, as a self-guided tour of Northern Alberta’s History & Heritage and premium Travel Companion App. We hope you like our little introduction video! 😛

History Check is a free download on both the App Store and the Google Play.

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