Piedmont and Prevost Escarpments, QC (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

Piedmont and Prevost Escarpments, QC (Photo by Claude Duchaîne)

Laurentians area Conservation Site to be Seen Around the World on Google Maps

August 30, 2016
Laurentians, QC


The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is teaming up with Google again to map a beautiful nature site in Quebec.

When the project is done, people will be able to go on a virtual tour of the Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve, 60 kilometres north of Montreal, nestled in the heart of the Piedmont and Prévost Escarpments.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is using the technology to map 14 of its natural areas across Canada, bringing it to every province.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Quebec staff will be using a 29-kilogram backpack-mounted camera. It has 15 lenses and shoots pictures every 2.5 seconds capturing a 360-degree view of the landscape.

The Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve’s expanse of rocky landscapes provide an important home for a variety of flora and fauna including more than 80 percent of all birds of prey species recorded in Quebec.  It is also a haven for visitors wishing to enjoy its 16 kilometres of trails.

Every image taken by the Google Trekker is assigned a GPS location. Google will knit together the photographs to create panoramic views of the route taken by the hiker.

The photos will later be published in Google Maps so Google users may see some of the most stunning, diverse landscapes from coast to coast.

“The Alfred-Kelly Nature Reserve is a special place, and it’s amazing that even if people can’t make it out physically, they’ll be able to view it from anywhere in the world.”, said Annie Ferland, Nature Conservancy of Canada project manager.


  • The Alfred-Kelly Nature reserve has an area of approximately 4.7 km2 and NCC and its partners protect a total of 7,7 km2 of land in the Piedmont, Prévost and Saint-Hippolyte escarpments.
  • Habitats are diverse and include different forests stands, wetlands and beaver dams, as well as rocky escarpments used in the winter for ice climbing.
  • The reserve hosts 430 plant species, 306 bird species, 15 mammals and 9 species at risk.
  • Other NCC visits this year with Google Trekker were: Coyote Lake in Alberta, Darkwoods in BC, Fairy Hill in Saskatchewan, Fort Ellice and Elk Glen in Manitoba, the Lower Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, St. Peter’s Harbour and Murray Harbour in PEI, Gaff Point and Pugwash River Estuary in Nova Scotia, Codroy Valley and Maddox Cove in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Backus Woods in Ontario.
  • Last summer, NCC and Google began a partnership that saw six conservation properties photographed across Canada, including Green Mountains Nature Reserve in Quebec.
  • Copyright on all assets collected will belong to Google. Trekker is used to capture images in places that can’t be reached by the usual Google Street View vehicles.


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 more than 1.1 million hectares (2.8 million acres), coast to coast. In Quebec, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has conserved over 98,800 acres (40,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land through land donations, purchases and conservation agreements.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x6240

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