Google to map Vancouver Island hiking trails using street view technology

Google has mapped out British Columbia’s roads using its 360-degree street view technology – so why not turn an eye to the province’s many hiking trails?

For the next 100 days, the tech giant is sending volunteers wearing state-of-the-art backpack cameras to explore 1,500 kilometres of West Coast forests and mountains.

Some of the locations going digital on Vancouver Island potentially include the West Coast Trail and hiking trails on the North Coast. They’ll also trek around rugged and remote landscapes like Haida Gwaii, Mount Edziza and the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark.

On top of the street-view maps, Destination BC will also include interviews with locals, activities and historical information in each region.

The trail maps will be included on the regular Google Maps app and website as well as Destination BC.

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