Google’s (News - Alert) Street View tricycle peddled along the gravel roads of Cambridge Bay, a tiny hamlet in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavut in Canada’s arctic located high above the Arctic Circle. Cambridge Bay is a remote area with a community of 1,500 residents within a lacework of tundra, waterways and ice formations that is only accessible by boat or plane. This is Google Maps Street View furthest venture in northern Canada in Google’s quest to bring the most comprehensive mapping via Google Maps and Google Earth Street View.
With the help of resident Chris Kalluk, who organized and hosted a Cambridge Bay community ‘Map Up’ event, residents took on the task of helping the Street View Team add roads, buildings and local points of interest such as hospitals, golf courses and parks to the maps.
“There are 4,000 years’ worth of stories waiting to be told on this map. Today we’re setting out on an ambitious mission to tell some of those stories and to build the most comprehensive map of the region to date,” Google Earth outreach team member Karin Tuxen-Bettman wrote in a blog post Wednesday.
Before leaving, the Street View Team will train a number of local residences to use the equipment so they can map out other communities in Nunavut.
In 2007, Google launched Google Maps and Google Earth in several U.S. cities and has since expanded to cities and rural areas worldwide. Street View images appear after zooming in beyond the highest zooming level in maps and satellite images, or by dragging the “pegman” icon onto a location on the map. In 2008, Street View was added to the Maps application for iPhone (News - Alert), Blackberry, Window Mobile, and all versions of Google Maps for Android operating systems.
Cambridge Bay street views will be available within the next few months.
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Edited by Rachel Ramsey