Google’s Street View tricycle in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut (Photo: courtesy of Google)
By SHANNON KELLY
Google’s Street View team has travelled to the Nunavut hamlet of Cambridge Bay, to map the most northerly region it has ever mapped.
The company will map the region using a tricycle equipped with a camera (transporting a Street View car up north was too expensive) and will receive help from community members to establish accurate maps. This is the first Google Street View project in Nunavut. Google is also donating computers so that community members can continually update maps in the region.
The maps will be available in the next few months.
Read more from the CBC.
Take a paper map. You may not have Wi-Fi when you think you will, roaming charges could be astronomical, online maps sometimes suck (sorry, Google!) and your device could fail. The paper map rarely disappoints.
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Zwicker's on Doyle Street is Halifax's oldest commercial art gallery.
Zwicker’s Gallery on Doyle Street is the oldest commercial art gallery in Halifax. Dating back to 1866, it features antique nautical charts, maps and engravings. The expansive selection also includes contemporary works by emerging artists, Inuit and Native works, sculptures, ceramics and antiquities.
Map of the Trinity Bellwoods area by Marlena Zuber
Marlena Zuber is a multi-faceted Torontonian: she draws, paints, works for a non-profit and is in an indie band. But it’s her informal cartography skills that are turning heads these days. Zuber’s charming yet realistic maps of favourite nabes—The Annex, Kensington Market, Harbourfront and Trinity Bellwoods among them—are a hot commodity. Pick up a framed map ($45 to $85) or a greeting card ($4 each) from Artistry Cards.
A souvenir of your Toronto trip need not be kitschy. Take home a sophisticated birch plywood coaster map of the city, which can double as a show-and-tell tool as you inform family and friends of the fantastic restaurants along Eglinton Avenue, the luxe shopping on Bloor Street or your adventures on the Toronto Islands. A set of four “I Kinda Like it Here” coasters is $40; available at Russet and Empire.
Tucked away just around the corner from Spring Garden Road on Doyle Street, Zwicker’s Gallery is Halifax’s oldest commercial art gallery. It’s noted for its historic maps and nautical charts (which will enchant history buffs) but it also features a selection of contemporary creations, such as unique Inuit carvings.
• Bookmark, Spring Garden Road: Atlantic Canada’s largest independent bookseller; best-sellers, local works, travel books, unique gifts.
• Woozles, Birmingham Street: Canada’s oldest bookstore for children; classic picture books, educational volumes, toys and games aplenty.
• Maps & More , Lower Water Street: City maps, travel guides, road atlases, nautical charts, travel accessories and
• Atlantic News, Morris Street: Magazines and newspapers from around the globe; same-day editions of 400 newspapers from over 60 countries printed on site.
• Veritas Catholic Books, Barrington Street: Books and devotional items from the Catholic tradition; books by recent popes, literary fiction on religious topics, prayer books, religious art and more.