Google Street View Arrives in Canada

I blogged about how Google gives new meaning to "Neighbourhood Watch" earlier in the summer. Yesterday, it become official: 11 Canadian cities are now viewable - complete with zoom-able functionality and street-level details of neighbourhoods led by "Pegman, your trusty Street View guide." Those cities are:

  • Vancouver, BC & area, north to Whistler, east to Chilliwack (Imagine all the clicks just prior to and during the 2010 Olympics!)
  • Toronto, ON (and much of the GTA)
  • Hamilton, ON
  • Kitchener/Waterloo, ON
  • Ottawa, ON
  • Calgary, AB
  • Canmore, AB
  • Banff, AB
  • Lake Louise, AB
  • Montreal, QC & area
  • Quebec City, QC
  • Halifax, NS

(Google discloses what other Canadian cities and towns they are currently driving through with their car-mounted street-cam.)

Craig Rushton, a sales representative with Century 21 In Town Realty, has already blogged about Google Street View coming to his city - Vancouver, BC. He observes: "This technology will never make actually going to view a home obsolete but (hopefully) it will make the home buying process a bit simpler.

Just in case you're not sure what to do with Google Street View in your city or town, Google puts out some tips for everyday use. Aside from viewing potential real estate, I like the suggested uses:

  • "Can't remember the name of that amazing restaurant or clothing store you visited a few months ago?" (um, yeah, all the time!)
  • "Don't get stuck without quarters: see if the area you need to park at has parking meters." (lack of pocket change, the bane of my existence!)

How do you feel about Google Street View? Will you check out the neighbourhood you are thinking of moving to, by flying Pegman around the streets?

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