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Turn off the TV and go outside… without even leaving your computer, because Google Maps is teaming up with Canada to bring the outdoors to you.

Google, Destination B.C., the Northern B.C. Tourism Association and the Nature Conservancy of Canada are all partnering up just to make the wonders of Canada more accessible. Fun fact: this is the biggest mapping partnership between provincial tourism and Google… ever.

The only two Google Trekkers (18 kg bags of cameras that can take 360-degree shots) available in Canada will be mapping out new nature trails in B.C and an additional 14 trails across Canada this summer starting with Coyote Lake in Alberta. This means that people will be hiking up mountains, along rivers and forests, with heavy equipment all in the name of tourism. Guess we can check visiting B.C. and Alberta off of the bucket-list.

After already having nature trails mapped out in Jasper, Alberta and the snowy trails in Iqaluit, we’re eager to behold the next jaw-droppingly beautiful Canadian sights online.

“We’re going to places where no car or motorbike can go,” said the VP of marketing at Destination B.C. “You can literally trek along and see what the person who did the trek actually saw themselves.”

A few hot spots that are going to be mapped in B.C. include the Haida Gwaii beaches, Tumbler Ridge and the Ancient Forest, which is filled with massive cedar trees. The mapping process will last for the entire summer and will then be processed and added to Google Maps.

Canadian nature: coming soon, to a computer near you.

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