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article imageGoogle partners with tourism groups to trek BC's wilderness

By Karen Graham     Jun 7, 2016 in Environment
Vancouver - Armchair travelers will soon have a new destination to visit. Google is partnering with two B.C. tourism groups to bring the province's untamed wilderness into people's homes.
This exciting venture will take place this summer with the loan of 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 through September, teams from Destination BC, Northern BC Tourism, other tourism groups, and journalists will don the special backpacks and hike desert trails, roam old-growth forests and climb majestic mountains to capture iconic BC images for the world's armchair travelers, according to the press release.
According to CTV News, the images will be sent to the Google Maps team in California to be processed and uploaded to Google Maps, a process that could take several months. The Trekker backpacks are kept busy, showing up at sites around the world. Thanks to Google Maps, armchair travelers have been able to visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon, the Galapagos Islands and the Great Barrier Reef.
"We're going to places where no car or motorbike can go," said Maya Lange, vice president of marketing with Destination B.C. "You can literally trek along and see what the person who did the trek actually saw themselves."
CBC News Canada is reporting that one of the trekker backpacks will be used to cover northern B.C., including Haida Gwaii, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands and the Charlottes. The other backpack will cover the rest of the province, including Mount Assiniboine, Garibaldi Park, and the Kettle Valley Trail.
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