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Journey through British Columbia’s wilderness with Google Maps and the newly launched BC Journeys

by | May 10, 2017 | Press Releases

Destination British Columbia, in partnership with Google, has recently launched BC Journeys on Google Maps, allowing over one billion monthly users, the ability to go on a virtual journey through untouched areas of British Columbia’s wilderness.  Stunning imagery from remote corners of British Columbia has been added to Google Maps, complemented with interviews from BC locals, drone footage, immersive 360-degree video and featured businesses, putting this destination very firmly on the map.

Spending over 105 days using Google Street View Trekkers – wearable backpacks fitted with 15 separate cameras that collect panoramic imagery – the team traversed 983 kilometres, on almost 200 treks, to create these BC Journeys.  They travelled by foot, horse, boat, floatplane, and helicopter, capturing spectacular nature and exhilarating places around British Columbia only previously accessible to backcountry hikers.

For the first time, visitors to Google Maps can interactively explore these remote parts of British Columbia from the Canadian Rockies and the mystical islands of Haida Gwaii through 10,000-year-old ice caves, by using Google Trekker’s unique 360-degree technology.  They can also virtually hike some of the province’s vast and untouched wilderness and be inspired by 176 unique treks and trails such as the Sunshine Coast TrailKettle Valley Trail (Myra Canyon), Pacific Rim (Schooner Cove Trail) and Windfall Lake (near Tumbler Ridge) with 14 more to be added shortly.

Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination British Columbia states, “Through our new interactive platform, BC Journeys, we can give people a window into our wilderness like never before – creating a connection before people even leave their homes. Combining this powerful, immersive video footage with compelling, authentic stories creates an augmented reality experience that is a pretty potent recipe for driving visitation.”

Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and Minister Responsible for Labour notes that “The Google Trekker project and BC Journeys platform will give people across the world a first-hand look at BC’s beautiful terrain. We are seeing a record number of international visitors and we are widely recognized as a technology and creative industries hub. I’m sure even more people will be drawn to our province once they see these new state-of-the-art virtual recordings from Google and Destination BC.”

Nicole Bell, a Google Street View Trekker Expert says, “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Destination BC in this Trekker project. We’ve worked together for years to bring the world to British Columbia and bring British Columbia to the world. These new Street View images, especially some of the more remote locations in BC, are an important part of Google’s goal to create the world’s most comprehensive, accurate and usable map. More than one billion people around the world use Google Maps every month, and we are thrilled to share some of British Columbia’s iconic landscapes.”

To Experience BC Journeys and trek British Columbia click here.

For video content on the BC Journeys project click here.

For more information on Destination British Columbia visit: www.hellobc.com