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Google launches Street View in nine more Canadian cities

by Andrew C. MacDonald on December 2, 2009

Source: National Post | Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 | Written by: Matt Hartley

Canadians can now virtually tour the grounds around the Empress Hotel in Victoria, check in on the Confederation Building in St. John’s or scope out the view of downtown Edmonton from above the North Saskatchewan River after Google Inc. launched its street view satellite mapping service in nine new Canadian cities.

The service, which Google calls the “last zoom layer on the map,” first went live in Canada on Oct. 7, with 11 cities — Toronto, Calgary, Montreal, Quebec City, Halifax, Vancouver, Squamish, Whistler, Ottawa, Kitchener and Waterloo.

Today, nine more Canadian cities — London, Sherbrooke, Edmonton, Victoria, Nanaimo, St. John’s, Sudbury, Winnipeg, Saskatoon — have been immortalized in Google’s Street View satellite imaging service.

Google said it is also collecting a new collection of photos in the Vancouver and Whistler areas for the first “special” Street View section in Canada, in honour of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Google says more than 50,000km of Canadian imagery are now available on Street View and that Canadians loved the service so much that traffic to Google Maps doubled the day images of the original 11 cities were launched.

Street View — which has raised privacy concerns in Canada as well as other countries — allows users to zoom in to street level in Google Maps, offering a near seamless view of the ground floor of Canada’s urban centres, using images captured earlier this year by special cars outfitted with dozens of cameras which roamed Canadian roads taking panoramic photos which were then stitched together.

In addition to the new Canadian cities, Google also launched Street View in France, Japan and Singapore on Wednesday.

Special sites have also been developed for Stonehenge, Pompei, the Palace of Versailles and SeaWorld San Diego and Orlando.

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