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Google Has a Street View of the Amazon Rainforest—Why Not the Northwest Passage?


Screenshot of Google's Amazon rainforest Street View

Last week Google rolled out a Street View tour of the Amazon rainforest. Not all 6,400 km of the Amazon River, but a portion of the Rio Negro tributary in the Amazon rainforest. This got us thinking about all the cool things Street View could do for Canadian travel.

The Whistler skiing Street View is cool, but why stop there? Canada has huge tracts of wilderness that many of us will never get to visit but could be virtually viewed—and urban jungles that could benefit from this navigation tool.

Our suggestions for Canada street views (aside from the many actual roads not yet viewable):

  • Northwest Passage: It’s prohibitively expensive, difficult to get to and far, far away from civilization (it’s practically Greenland!), so a virtual trip is probably the only one most of us will take.
  • Canadian Rockies hiking trails: There are so many to choose from; a virtual hike could help narrow the choices and get a glimpse of the trail difficulty.
  • canoeing routes in Algonquin Provincial Park: Like the Rockies’ trails, the many routes are overwhelming—help us choose, Google!
  • Toronto’s underground PATH walkway and Montreal’s Underground City: Is anyone else constantly lost down here?
  • BC’s Inside Passage to Alaska: Can’t afford a cruise? No problem.
  • Northern national parks: All those parks with more consonants than vowels (Sirmilik, Ukkusiksalik, Ivvavik, etc.), amazing landscapes and polar bears and caribou traipsing around freely.

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