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Trekker makes its way to Drumheller, putting vir­tual land­scapes like the Hoodoos and Horsethief Canyon on­line for the world to tra­verse.

The Hoodoos, Horsethief Canyon, and other at­trac­tions around Drumheller will be show­cased along­side glob­ally fa­mous sites like Machu Pic­chu and Mt. Fuji as Travel Al­berta has part­nered with Google Trekker to al­low the world vir­tual ac­cess to our back­yard. gree im­ages ev­ery two to three sec­onds as it’s car­ried by foot across land­scapes through­out the world. The Trekker trav­elled through Drumheller over the last month and will con­tinue to sites around Al­berta over Septem­ber, in- clud­ing the pet­ro­glyphs in Writ­ing-on-Stone Pro­vin­cial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buf­falo Jump, Crowsnest Pass and Frank Slide, land­scapes around Grande Prairie, and forests and lakes around Slave Lake.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to help show­case some of the great travel ex­pe­ri­ences trav­ellers may not be aware of,” said Travel Al­berta’s VP of mar­ket­ing Phil Klassen. “We want to en­cour­age Al­ber­tans and our vis­i­tors glob­ally to ex­plore new places and try new ex­pe­ri­ences.”

“We’ve been work­ing with Google for a num­ber of years as trav­ellers use more and more dig­i­tal chan­nels to plan their travel. It gave us an op­por­tu­nity to part­ner with Google at no cost, to cap­ture

This is a great op­por­tu­nity for us to help show­case some of the great travel ex­pe­ri­ences trav­ellers may not be aware of. We want to en­cour­age Al­ber­tans and our vis­i­tors glob­ally to ex­plore new places and try new ex­pe­ri­ences.”

some great footage of some breath­tak­ing land­scapes peo­ple may not be fa­mil­iar with.”

Many trails and path­ways in Al­berta’s Na­tional Parks have al­ready been trekked through. Fur­ther, Banff and Lake Louise Tourism has been work­ing with Google in doc­u­ment­ing lo­ca­tions us­ing the Trekker around the Banff and Lake Louise area this sum­mer.

Once the im­ages have been col­lected, Travel Al­berta will re­turn the Trekker and the im­age files to Google where the content is pro­cessed and up­loaded to Google Maps. Klassen said they an­tic­i­pate footage to be on­line for vis­i­tors by spring 2017.

The Google Trekker made its way through Di­nosaur Pro­vin­cial Park and sites around Drumheller in the last month, brought to sites through­out Al­berta in part­ner­ship with Travel Al­berta.

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