Google Street View is coming to Canada

Google will soon be coming to 11 of Canada's largest cities including Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Calgary. The Internet giant will be driving around cities in the coming weeks to map the streets of Canada to include a street-eye view of streets, buildings and their surroundings.

The street view will provide users to help locate meeting spots, buildings and a better idea of their destination. With the added bonus of being able to see your own home on Google, many people raise privacy concerns, which Google is ready to handle. Images of people's faces and licence plates will be automatically blurred out, and any requested offensive images will be removed from the web site.

Google Street View - Canada will be added to the small list of available countries, including Australia, France and Britain. The popular service has been in use on Google for some time on mapping U.S. cities and streets for public view. Some popular street data has already been collected in Canada, where it will be made public soon, along with the 11 new major cities in Canada.

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bah, they drove around Montreal in the WINTER! Everything is white! I really hope they got more data without the snow...

Well thats just bs... they haven't even done my city yet. Come on Google.. finish the US before you go off some where else.

Someone may want to introduce Google to Canada's Privacy Act. It's basically the exact opposite of Google's mission statement.

I can see it now. we should put on a show and have ourselves ride sled dogs and live in Igloo's. That would be amazing.

hahaha i was thinking the same thing
just let some polar bears run around and we're all good

street view of toronto would be funny
just see Tim Hortons everywhere

Obi Wong said,
street view of toronto would be funny
just see Tim Hortons everywhere


There are more Tim's in the West than the East.

I'd bet Newfoundland has the greatest concentration of Timmy's, since there aren't any outside of Corner Brook or that peninsula (Avalon peninsula) at the bottom right of the province.

Nestea_M@n said,
I can see it now. we should put on a show and have ourselves ride sled dogs and live in Igloo's. That would be amazing.

I was just enjoying building my recent luxury igloo in Vancouver two weeks ago during the biggest snowfall this season. Did we ever get buried .... I had to wait a few hours before I decided to get off my butt before shoveling. Turns out it was already done for me.

I dare them to map Downtown during the Olympics. With all the road closures, they are sure to get it mapped pretty soon.

Anaron said,
It's about time. Hopefully they'll do Toronto when there's no snow.

..or Vancouver *IF* they do Vancouver, because it seems the West Coast is usually forgotten about in this country.

JahnnyBoy said,
..or Vancouver *IF* they do Vancouver, because it seems the West Coast is usually forgotten about in this country.


Obviously they'll do Vancouver. Will definitely help tourists during the Olympics. Top 3 cities are a no brainer.

Edit - my coworker was just telling me how he saw a sedan with 4 large SLR's on it a few months ago (in Metro Vancouver) and instantly thought Google. Who knows though.

There's an existing street view service that snapped up most of Toronto's major streets. Can't remember what it was named, but it only showed the view of the sides of streets instead of a complete view.

G_0 said,
I wonder if I'll actually see them!

Heh, one of the cars was parked in my old hometown (Methven, in NZ...if you find it on Google Maps, you'll see how weird it is to have a Google Street View car there) at the shop. It was pretty random seeing one there in a farming town.

Yeah, if the other cities are anything like Calgary at this time they're covered in half-melted snow and the remnants of a winter's gravel and salt. Wait till summer!

Even downtown Toronto can be confusing if you're not familiar. Not nearly as bad for Montreal. I thought they forgot about us. Now if we could get traffic data so I don't have to stare at that inactive button on my iPhone

Calibre said,
Yeah, if the other cities are anything like Calgary at this time they're covered in half-melted snow and the remnants of a winter's gravel and salt. Wait till summer!


Well apaprently they already have some data collected, so it's possible that there may be some winter remnants. I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Sucks for your snowy roads. Come to Vancouver

While it's not perfect, Google Street View has helped me a lot when it comes to directions in unfamiliar areas. Especially since I can get a look at the surrounding area as a landmark and what to look out for.