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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 300th 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 Lisa Raitt (pictured), Minister of Labour. “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.”The 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. Google’s first stop is at the Fortress of Louisbourg where it will capture the essence of this once mighty 18th century fortress. The Street View imagery will be available at google.ca/maps 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.

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