Korean totem poles featured as community icons
Airdrie’s Korean totem poles have once again been featured in the Alberta Community Icons Passport.
The Passport Program showcases many historic and one-of-a-kind icons that can be found throughout Alberta.
The idea of the passport is that when visitors stop in each community to see the unique and interesting icons, they get their passport stamped at the locations noted in the passport.
Airdrie’s totem poles are one of 36 icons located around Alberta. The six poles, located in Nose Creek Park, were donated to the City of Airdrie by Gwacheon, Korea in 2006 to commemorate 10 years of the communities’ sister city relationship.
“I think it’s always fun to be involved in these projects, it gives people reason to come to the community and see the uniqueness of our totems,” said Kent Rupert, team leader of economic development for the City of Airdrie.
“It also gives people a chance to see our parks and go through our downtown area. It’s a fun draw to bring people in.”
Rupert said having the totems showcased in the program also gives local residents a new appreciation for them.
“I think we sometimes overlook our own community, so having the program recognize them might make people more aware of what we have and how very unique they are to Airdrie,” he said.
“This is the second year that the totems have been involved with the project, and they got a great response last year. Lots of people stopped in and participated.”
The passports are available at most Tourism Information Centres in Alberta or can be downloaded online. Locally, the passports can be found at Nose Creek Valley Museum or Airdrie Public Library.
This year, the program has launched a smartphone app – the “Icon’s App” - that will allow visitors to collect virtual stamps as they travel around Alberta.
Stamped passports can be entered to win cash prizes ranging from $800 to $2,000.
For more information or to download a passport, go to www.albertaicons.com