Destination British Columbia and the Northern British Columbia Tourism Association have partnered with Google to journey beyond the road this summer, to add stunning imagery from British Columbia’s wild places to Google Maps.
The tourism agencies have been loaned two Google Street View Trekkers — wearable backpacks outfitted with 15 separate cameras that collect 360-degree panoramic imagery in remote outdoor locations inaccessible by car. From June to September, teams from Destination BC, Northern BC Tourism and other regional tourism partners will hike desert trails, roam old-growth forests and climb majestic mountains to capture iconic BC destinations rich in culture and history.
Using Google Street View, British Columbians and people from around the globe will be able to virtually hike in some of the province’s vast wilderness and be inspired by the powerful nature they see around them. After the images are collected, they will be sent to the Google Maps team in California to be processed and uploaded to Google Maps, which takes several months. When the images go live on Google Maps, British Columbia’s wild places will join a select group of bucket-list Street View Trekker destinations such as the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon and the Galapagos Islands.
This is the largest Trekker mapping project ever undertaken between a provincial tourism marketing organization and Google in Canada. Over the next 100 days, teams will trek more than 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) throughout BC to visually map a collection of must-see destinations in every region of the province.
In Northern BC treks will feature the rugged sea-swept coast and Aboriginal culture of Haida Gwaii and explore Mount Edziza and Spatsizi Plateau Wilderness Parks, among many other diverse landscapes and eco-systems. People will walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs in Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark and roam Ancient Forest/ Chun T’oh Wudujut (pronounced Chun Toe Wood-yu-jud) Park, BC’s newest provincial park, home to giant western cedar trees and part of the only known inland temperate rainforest in the world.
Destination British Columbia is working closely with its other regional tourism partners to select unique locations in their areas that showcase British Columbia’s spectacular nature and exhilarating places.