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Agence France-Presse
May 15, 2013
Armchair travelers who’ve always wanted to take in the sweeping views of Canada’s Rocky Mountains, the lush rainforest of the Pacific Rim, or the wild and rugged Maritime coast will be able to do so with the click of a mouse and the help of Google Maps.
Parks Canada announced that it’s struck a partnership with the search engine’s Street View service that will bring iconic landmarks, remote national parks and other places of cultural or geographical significance to virtual globetrotters.

The announcement was made on the east coast of Nova Scotia Monday, where the province feted the 300th anniversary of its 18th century Fortress of Louisbourg.

The partnership will give travelers panoramic, 360° views of sites across the country, and is meant to help prospective visitors plan their trip as well as provide virtual sightseeing tours for armchair travelers.

Over the next few months, the Google Maps team will collect Street View imagery from national parks across the country.

The new feature is meant as much for foreign visitors as it is for Canadians, said Parks Canada, particularly when it comes to urbanites who are still largely unacquainted with the natural heritage which belongs to them.

Meanwhile, British Columbia’s Top of 7th Heaven at the peak of Whistler Blackcomb was picked as one of the four ‘coolest places to tour on Google Maps’ by Fodor’s earlier this year, for offering sweeping panoramic views of one of the best skiing destinations in the world.

Likewise, the Bright Angel Trail in Arizona’s Grand Canyon was also chosen as one of the ‘coolest Google Map tours’ for its stunning vistas and a descent along the Colorado River.