photos by Jeff Bartlett
From Medicine Hat to Grande Prairie – Alberta’s rural landscapes to be Trekked!
Travel Alberta has partnered with Google to bring Google Trekker to hiking trails and remote locations around the province. The Trekker will be travelling to places never captured before across Alberta late August and September 2016, documenting each location to allow virtual access to Alberta’s breathtaking landscapes and authentic experiences through Google Maps.
Google Trekker is a 40 lbs backpack equipped with 15 cameras that captures 360 degree images every 2-3 seconds. The Trekker is an added feature to Google Street View that has been used to provide virtual 360 degree access to historical and natural landmarks that were previously only accessible by foot.
“Google Trekker will provide extraordinary access to experiences and locations not previously mapped and therefore available online to travellers,” says Phil Klassen, Vice President of Marketing at Travel Alberta. “We want to encourage Albertans and our visitors globally to explore new places and try new experiences. The addition of these new locations to Google Street View will give travellers a new perspective on experiences available in Alberta.”
Travel Alberta will be taking the Trekker to parts of Alberta that must be explored by foot, these outdoor locations include:
– Jaw-dropping vistas of the Canadian Badlands
– First Nations petroglyphs in Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
– Incredible history at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
– Crowsnest Pass and Frank Slide
– Fossil-rich landscapes around Grande Prairie
– The majesty of Alberta’s northern forests and lakes in and around Slave Lake
The Trekker will visit several Alberta Parks and many trails and pathways in Alberta’s National Parks have already been trekked through a long-standing partnership between Google and Parks Canada. Further, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism has been working with Google in documenting locations using the Trekker around the Banff and Lake Louise area this summer.
Once the images have been collected, Travel Alberta will return the Trekker and the image files to Google where the content is processed and in-time uploaded to Google Maps. Once they have been processed, the locations included in this round of documentation will be featured among such iconic locations as the Grand Canyon and Macchu Picchu.