Parks Canada Partners with Google to Bring Canada's Treasured Places to Your Home

Parks Canada Partners with Google to Bring Canada's Treasured Places to Your 
LOUISBOURG, NS, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, 
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the 
Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canadian Minister of Labour, is pleased to announce 
that Parks Canada has officially launched a partnership with Google Maps to 
bring Street View to Canada's treasured natural and cultural places. The 
launch of this nationwide project coincides with the start of celebrations 
marking the 300(th) anniversary of the Fortress of Louisbourg. 
"Through this innovative and collaborative project, many of the iconic natural 
and cultural places the Government of Canada through Parks Canada protects and 
presents on behalf of all Canadians will now be available through Google Maps 
and Street View at the click of a mouse," said Minister Raitt. "We are truly 
excited to make accessible to all Canadians amazing places like the Fortress 
of Louisbourg, Pacific Rim National Park and the historic fortifications of 
Quebec City, albeit virtually. We hope that this virtual experience will also 
encourage people in Canada and from abroad plan a trip to experience the 
real thing." 
This project will allow an increasingly urban nation to discover, appreciate 
and plan travel to Canada's most treasured places. It will also bring some of 
this country's most remote and stunning landscapes easily and directly to 
Canadians. In a country as large as Canada, the Google Maps Street View 
project will bring Canadians closer to their national heritage with a simple 
mouse click or screen tap. 
"Bringing Google Maps and Street View to Fort Louisbourg gives Canadians and 
people around the world a chance to virtually explore 
thisfantastichistorical site on its 300(th) anniversary," said Aaron 
Brindle, Google Canada spokesperson. "We are thrilled to bepartneredwith 
Parks Canada and look forward to connecting Canadians to more of the amazing 
places and geography that define our country." 
Google's first stop is at the Fortress of Louisbourg where it will capture the 
essence of this once mighty 18(th) century fortress. The Street View imagery 
will be available at in the coming months. In the meantime, the 
Google Maps team will continue to collect Street View imagery from Parks 
Canada destinations across Canada. These locations will be revealed in the 
near future. 
"This is an exciting project for Canadians to virtually visit Parks Canada and 
develop meaningful connections with our country's rich cultural and natural 
destinations," said Minister Kent. "Canadians will be able to access 360 
degree panoramas for free, right in the comfort of their own home, or even on 
mobile devices while on the go - a great way to have them dreaming about the 
whole range of places to discover all over Canada and the rich experiences a 
trip to these locations can provide." 
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. 
Mary Ann Dewey-Plante Office of the Minister of the Environment 819-997-1441 
 Media Relations Parks Canada 819-953-8371   
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