Take a Virtual Hike in Canada's Parks

Gulf Island National Park Reserve

Gulf Island National Park Reserve

Google has been busy mapping many of Canada's National Parks through a collaboration with Parks Canada over the past two years. Google would record 360 degree panoramas of the trails for use in Google Street View using their Google Trekker backpack. You can now "virtually hike" the trails using their Street View, with even more trails to come in 2014.

Image from googlecanada.blogspot.ca

Image from googlecanada.blogspot.ca

Check out the following Canadian Parks, which now have some trails and roads online...

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

B.C.

  • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve

Alberta

  • Banff National Park
  • Elk Island National Park
  • Glacier National Park
  • Kootenay National Park
  • Mount Revelstoke National Park
  • Waterton Lake National Park
  • Yoho National Park

Saskatchewan

  • Grasslands National Park - East & West Block
  • Prince Albert National Park

Manitoba

  • Riding Mountain National Park

Ontario

  • Thousand Islands National Park

Quebec

  • La Mauricie National Park

Nova Scotia

  • Kejimkujik National Park

P.E.I.

  • Prince Edward Island National Park

Nova Scotia

  • Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Update: October 18th, 2014 - Google has added new Parks Canada destinations such as Jasper National Park, Glacier National Park and Canada’s most southern tip, Point Pelee National Park.

Update: April 30th, 2015 - New panoramic images are now available for...

Some of the imagery displayed for Ivvavik National Park looks as bright and sunny as midday, but was collected as late as 11 p.m., demonstrating how different the cycles of day and night are in the far north.

"Our Government is committed to promoting and protecting our rich natural heritage. Thanks to this collaboration with Google, we can showcase Canada's amazing northern national parks and inspire people to visit and personally connect with these beautiful national treasures. I invite Canadians to visit Google Maps and discover the North's spectacular scenery, unique wildlife and pristine wilderness – Canada as they have never seen it before."  - The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada