Two New Brunswick coastal sites can be seen around the world
NCC posts virtual views of Musquash Estuary and Johnson’s Mills
Anyone around the world can now take a virtual hike along two New Brunswick coastal sites, thanks to video posted online by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and Google Street View. Through a partnership with Google, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has photographed and mapped 18 of its most spectacular natural areas across the country, including its properties at Johnson’s Mills, near Sackville, and the Musquash Estuary, near Saint John. The results were posted recently on NCC’s website and Google Street View.
For the past two summers, Nature Conservancy of Canada staff have walked some of NCC’s most popular trails and reserves with the Google Trekker, a 29-kg (50-pound) backpack-mounted 360-degree camera system. The Google Trekker’s 15 cameras take images every 2.5 seconds, giving viewers a realistic look at the trail and surrounding scenery. The Google Trekker not only captures images of the trails, it connects those images to GPS locations, enabling would-be hikers to plan trips to the trails once they’ve previewed them virtually.
“We are thrilled to be able to share our beautiful properties with a worldwide audience,” said Laurel Bernard, director of stewardship with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “This allows people interested in exploring NCC’s spectacular sites and trails to preview them virtually so they can better plan their trip. Anyone planning to volunteer with us will also be able to view the area in advance.”
The complete list of NCC sites can be viewed at natureconservancy.ca/trekker and spans both ends of the country, from NCC’s lands along the East Coast Trail in Maddox Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador, to Chase Woods in the Cowichan Valley of British Columbia.
“We hope these images will excite people in Canada and around the world to explore some of our most stunning and diverse landscapes, coast to coast,” said John Lounds, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy of Canada. “Our mandate is to conserve our precious places, connect Canadians to nature and inspire people to cherish and care for all that nature gives us. We are pleased to work with Google to bring these conservation areas to a wider audience.”
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is hosting a volunteer trailblazing day at the Musquash Estuary on May 26. https://events.natureconservancy.ca/al-event/musquash-black-beach-trailblazer/
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation's leading land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares) coast to coast. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has helped conserve more than 74,000 acres (29,946 hectares) in Atlantic Canada.
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