Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Parks Canada on Google Maps - Breathtaking views of over 50 Parks Canada sites are online

OTTAWA, November 20, 2013 /Canada NewsWire/ - Parks Canada and Google are proud to launch a collection of magnificent and breathtaking panoramic images of the best that Canada has to offer. Over 50 national historic sites and national parks from coast to coast can now be seen on the popular search site.

"I invite Canadians as well as the millions of Internet users throughout the world to visit Google Maps and discover Canada as they have never seen it before. Through this virtual voyage to the heart of our national treasures, they will experience an inspiring moment by simply clicking a mouse button or pressing a touch screen," declared the honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Canada's Minister of Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada.

Throughout the summer of 2013, Google teams travelled across Canada to capture the most beautiful panoramas of the country's natural and cultural heritage. Using specialized equipment, they photographed Canada's most emblematic sites on land, water, by car, on foot, indoors and outdoors.

Simply go to Google Maps or Google Earth and enter the name of a Parks Canada site to let the magic unfold. Visit the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site in Nova Scotia, or let yourself be carried away by the beauty of the Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland. Explore the Fortifications of Qu├ębec or navigate to the Thousand Islands National Park in Ontario. Admire the majestic Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies, or be captivated by the dazzling beauty of the British Columbia's Glacier National Park. Better still, view your next campground and the facilities provided before planning your trip.

"Throughout this exceptional adventure, Google received outstanding support from the whole Parks Canada team, to whom we extend our grateful thanks. With their help, we hope that Street View imagery in Google Maps of our national parks and national historic sites will help Canadians explore our country as never before and open a window into the beauty of Canada to the world," said Mr. Aaron Brindle, Communications & Public Affairs, Google Canada.

Next year, Google and Parks Canada will continue their work to capture even more places and add the final touch to this gallery of breathtaking images. Through this initiative, Parks Canada allows Internet users to dream as they take free virtual visits, offering unique opportunities to learn more about its protected sites as well as connecting Canadians together and giving them a taste to travel to extraordinary destinations.

Parks Canada works to ensure Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected and, through a network of 44 national parks, 167 national historic sites and four national marine conservation areas, invites Canadians and people around the world to engage in personal moments of inspiring discovery at our treasured natural and historic places.

For more information, please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca.

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