Google Cultural Institute Includes Three Canadian Cities in Launch of World Wonders Project

by Knowlton Thomas

Three beautiful Canadian cities have been included in the initial launch of the Google Cultural Institute's World Wonders Project.

These cities are the Historic District of Quebec City, Ottawa's Rideau Canal, and the Old Town of Lunenberg in Nova Scotia.

From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world. Around the world there are 132 historic sites from 18 countries to discover, including Stonehenge and the ancient Kyoto temples. In addition to man-made sites, you can explore natural places, such as the sandy dunes of Australia’s Shark Bay or the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California.

World Wonders uses Street View technology to take users on a virtual trip to each site. There are also 3D models and YouTube videos of the historical places.

The World Wonders Project is part of Google’s "commitment to preserving culture online and making it accessible the widest possible audience." If only Canada boasted that same commitment.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton Thomas

Knowlton is the managing editor of Techvibes and author of Tempest Bound. Based in Vancouver, Knowlton has been published in national publications and has also appeared on television and radio. Previously he was an editor for New Westminster weekly The Other Press and served on its board of directors. When not working, Knowlton enjoys hiking, tennis, and martial arts. more

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