The Street View Trekker, mounted on a Tundra Buggy, captures images of Churchill's polar bears and the surrounding tundra. Photo copyright Google.

3/6/2014 2:04:10 PM

Google Launches Churchill Street View

Now you can see the polar bears around Churchill, Manitoba, without a flight to the polar bear capital of the world! The stunning tundra landscape of Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba—polar bears and all—went online last week in honor of International Polar Bear Day.

Google Maps, Polar Bears International, and Frontiers North Adventures teamed up so you can trek through the tundra with the newly launched Churchill Street View.

"You can journey through the polar bear's world and see the bears in their natural habitat," said Krista Wright, PBI's executive director. "You can see imagery of sparring bears - this behavior that we see with male bears where they stand up on their hind legs and kind of play fight. And there are images of a mom nursing a cub. But the project goes beyond cuddly—the Street View images also provide us with baseline information on this fragile and changing landscape."

Last fall, PBI strapped Google's trekker, their special 360-degree camera, to the top of Tundra Buggy One. As we drove along the tracks out on the tundra, we shot the footage now used in the Churchill Street View.

We are so proud to be part of this project that brings Churchill and the surrounding tundra right to you, and also has a scientific impact. When people can see what's happening in the Arctic first hand, we hope they will be moved to make changes in their own lives to reduce their carbon emissions.

Read more about the venture in this blog post by Krista Wright.

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