Google.ca celebrates Canada Day with virtual tour of Parliament Hill
Google Street View cameras arrived on Parliament Hill Tuesday to document the historic buildings for what will become a virtual tour for millions of people who will never get to walk its hallowed halls. (Dave Chan)
Emily Pratt, CTVNews.ca
Published Monday, July 1, 2013 7:01PM EDT
Canadians can now visit the nation's capital without leaving their home thanks to Google Maps.
Google Canada unveiled the virtual tour of Parliament Hill to Canadians on Monday as part of Canada Day celebrations.
The Street View navigation takes users on an insider’s tour of landmark buildings of the Canadian political scene .
Starting in the Confederation Hall of Canadians, the main entrance to Parliament’s centre block, users can virtually walk down the Hall of Honour, explore the Library of Parliament, make their way through the House of Commons and visit the Red Chamber of the Senate.
There are no political figures in the picture, and it’s not just because of summer break. The mapping was done when the halls and rooms were empty. However, the tour does permit users to get close enough to read some book titles in the Library of Parliament, such as 'Historical Atlas of Canada,' 'Portraits de patriotes 1836-1838: Œuvre de Jean-Joseph Girouard,' and 'Imagining Canada.'
Moving on to the Senate, you can admire paintings of British monarchs in the foyer and various war scenes inside the Senate Chamber.
Additional Parliament Hill Street Views will be added by Google Maps in the upcoming months, including a look inside Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office, the Peace Tower and the Office of the Leader of the Opposition.
Google Canada sent their Street View cameras to document the hallowed halls of Parliament Hill for a few days back in April.
While Google Street View vehicles have been traditionally used to capture imagery outdoors, this 360-tour was filmed with a push-cart named ‘Trolley.’
Parliament Hill is the latest Canadian landmark to receive Google Map's Street View treatment but more are on the way, according to Google Canada.
The company has announced the Trolley will also capture inside the Calgary Saddledome, BC Place, the Royal Ontario Museum and Quebec City's battlements.