Google Street View captures Iqaluit
Residents collaborate to help map Nunavut capital
Google is helping to mark Nunavut Day with new Street View images of Iqaluit, offering a comprehensive view of Canada's youngest territorial capital.
Nunavut residents and Google employees teamed up to map the city, skiing, hiking and even taking a dogsled ride across the frozen ground while wearing a unique backpack camera apparatus called the Trekker.
"Wearing the Trekker backpack, and walking the streets of Iqaluit in the winter gives me an opportunity to share our most precious resource — our land — with the rest of our world," said resident Chris Kalluk.
The Trekker uses 15 cameras taking photos every 2.5 seconds. The cameras are angled in multiple directions so the photos can be stitched together into 360-degree panoramic views
Nunavut Premier Eva Aariak is enthusiastic about the project, saying it will "effectively share Nunavut's story with a global audience."
The Iqaluit project is part of Google's ongoing effort to map the territory. Last August, it used a high-tech tricycle to capture Street View images of the remote community of Cambridge Bay.
July 9 commemorates the passing of the Nunavut Land Claims agreement and the Nunavut Act in July 1993. Nunavut became a Canadian territory on April 1, 1999.