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Google’s World Wonders Project features 3 Canadian sites

- June 1st, 2012

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Google likes to try its hand in innovating new products but what many of you may not know is that while they are a technology company they do have a cultural side, appropriately named – The Google Cultural Institute. Their mandate is to help preserve and promote culture online and the institute has just announced their latest effort, the World Wonders Project.

The project is designed to electronically showcase wonders of the world – those naturally created and man-made and from both modern and ancient times – and bring them to life.

Currently, there are 132 sites from 18 countries, some of which we likely remember learning about for the first time during our childhood.  Some of these include Stonehenge in England, the archaeological areas of Pompeii and the ancient Kyoto temples.

You can explore natural places like the sandy dunes of Australia’s Shark Bay or amaze yourself with the rock domes of Yosemite National Park in California. You can search for places by location or by theme.

 

Canadian Places

Canada also has a place on the honour roll; in fact there are 3 Canadian locations on the list: The Historic District of Quebec City, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and the Old Town of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia. While we may have learnt about these in school or have maybe even visited them or live near them, this is a great opportunity for the world to discover them, too!

 

Uses 3D Street View Technology

If you’ve ever used Street View in Google Maps or Google Earth, then navigating this project will be a breeze as the World Wonders Project uses the same technology to take you on your virtual trip. The site also includes 3D models and YouTube videos to maximize your experience at each site.

 

Authoritative Information

Google has also partnered with organizations like UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund, Getty Images and Ourplace, who were able to provide official information and photographs for many of the sites which truly adds to the authenticity of the trip.

Eventually, the goal is to add more sites as part of the institutes goal to not only preserve culture online, but to make it available to more people across the globe.

To start exploring, you can visit the project’s site at www.google.com/worldwonders and also on their  YouTube channel.

 

Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg or Empire Avenue (e)GADGET1.

 

 

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3 comments

  1. Maureen Nolan | June 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Wonderful web site with lots of fascinating pics of Word Wonders. As you are probably aware, The Rideau Canal which runs a distance of 110 miles from Ottawa to Kingston in Ontario, Canada has recently been named a World Heritage Site. The Canal was built well over 100 years ago, has a total of 45 locks at 43 lock stations and is one of our country’s most beautiful areas and greatest tourist attractions.

    The photo on this web site does not show this beauty to its full advantage or any of the locks or sceneryand I invite anyone who may be interested to use the link below to see the actual splendour of one of the worlds great man made triumphs.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rideau_Canal

  2. Joan Figari | June 2, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I had this idea long before, to integrate videos, photographs, street view, aerial maps of the most important sites in the world. Long before my site already showing all in one place.
    http://www.satelliteview.org/images_of_Historical-Cities.html

  3. Greg Gazin | June 3, 2012 at 9:15 am

    Hi Maureen,

    Thanks for your take on Rideau Canal. I just recently discovered how long, how far it actually goes. As for the photo, it is simply a screen capture reduced in size to illustrate the site rather than feature the canal. If you visit Wonders Project Site, you will see some phenomenal photos of the canal.

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