Parks Canada Says It's Going to Capture More Panoramics of Historic Sites with Google Maps

In 2013 Parks Canada and Google began a two-year collaboration to document many of Canada's most iconic national heritage places through the unique panoramic lens of Google Street View.

The first year's field season began in May last year at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia and concluded at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve in BC in September. Google teams hiked along trails and through campgrounds, drove park roads, explored historic sites and even went inside notable buildings, all while photographing them as 360 degree panoramas destined for publication within Google Street View.

This week Parks Canada announced they are continuing their adventure with Google Maps to capture panoramic images in Canada's national parks and historic sites, "including some of the country's most remote northern national parks."

"This work is part of a collaborative, nationwide initiative with Google Maps to bring Street View imagery to Canada's treasured natural and cultural sites," Parks Canada says.

2013 marked the first year Google's "Trekker" Street View backpack was used in Canada. Capable of going anywhere a person can hike, the Trekker "is the work-horse of the Parks Canada-Google collaboration," allowing Google to document a wide range of features within Canada's national heritage places including back country hikes, campgrounds, and even along the fortification walls of historic battlements.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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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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