Street View backpack cams take on winter in Canada’s Iqaluit

Nunavut cartographer Chris Kalluk walks Iqaluit with a Trekker camera backpack.

(Credit: Google)

Google is getting more serious about mapping Canada’s north, deploying photographers in winter to map the city of Iqaluit.

As temperatures hit a chilly 8 degrees, walkers equipped with Google’s Trekker backpack cameras fanned out across Nunavut’s capital, located along Frobisher Bay on Baffin Island.

The effort to image the city of 6,700 marks the first use of the Trekkers in the Canadian north. It’s prohibitively expensive to send vehicles there, and some roads are difficult in winter, or nonexistent in summer.

Last summer, Google Maps visited Nunavut’s Cambridge Bay, which can only be reached by plane or boat, but the Iqaluit mapping is the team’s first venture into an Arctic climate in winter.

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