FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC’s wild places will soon be making an appearance on google maps.
The Northern BC Tourism Association as well as Destination BC have partnered with Google to bring images of Northern BC to the world.
The agencies have been loaned 2 Google Street View Trekkers which are wearable backpacks that have 15 separate cameras. These are used when locations are not accessible by car. They will be in Northern BC from June until September.
Users will be able to virtually hike through Northeast BC’s nature and wilderness with just the click of a mouse or a scroll on a smartphone.
This will be the biggest trekking agreement between Google and a tourism marketing team. After the images are taken, they will be sent to Google in California which can take months to upload. Over 100 days, trekkers will travel over 1,500 km to capture the images.
In Northeast BC, the trekkers will be visiting Muskwa Ketchika, as well as the Liard River Hotsprings trails and boardwalk areas in the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.