Google Chooses Three Canadian Sites as World Wonders
By SHANNON KELLY
Google counts Ottawa
As part of its new World Wonders Project, Google has chosen three Canadian heritage sites to share the spotlight with Versailles, the ancient temples of Kyoto in Japan and Yellowstone National Park in the U.S. as some of the top heritage sites around the globe worth seeing—virtually, at least.
The three Canadian sites are Quebec’s historic district (Old Quebec), the historic shipbuilding town of Lunenberg in Nova Scotia and Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.
Google describes its World Wonders Project as a “platform which brings world heritage sites of the modern and ancient world online” and “digitally preserves them for future generations” using its Street View and 3D mapping. The sites were chosen in partnership with UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund. Google currently includes 134 sites on its list of World Wonders and plans to add more sites to the list.
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- A prime attraction at any time of year—not least in winter when you can skate its length—the <a href="http://www.where.ca/listings/listing_detail.php?slug=rideau-canal-wh">Rideau Canal</a> was a key Canadian navigational route in the 19th century and is North America's oldest canal still in operation.
- Rideau Canal, Ottawa (Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/husseinabdallah/2088693540/">abdallahh</a>)
- Rideau Canal
- Rideau Canal, Ottawa (Photo: abdallahh)
- The 18th-century British colonial town of Lunenburg is a picturesque and historic village on Nova Scotia's South Shore, a little over an hour's drive south of Halifax.
- Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/redvette/1472464894/">Tom Hiltz</a>)
- Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (Photo: Tom Hiltz)
- Quebec's historic Old Town is home to North America's most impressive and best preserved fortified city.
- Old Quebec (Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/gillgreen/3872794315/">jgreenberg</a>)
- Vieux Quebec
- Old Quebec (Photo: jgreenberg)