Parks Canada staff lugged Google’s top-heavy 23-kilogram Trekker backpack camera across 30 kilometres of Quttinirpaaq National Park, including Tanquary Fiord,

Parks Canada staff lugged Google’s top-heavy 23-kilogram Trekker backpack camera across 30 kilometres of Quttinirpaaq National Park, including Tanquary Fiord, However only a small portion of the Park’s 38,000 sq/km could be mapped
Photo Credit: Ryan Bray

Google streetview maps high Arctic park


It’s remote, very remote.

Quttinirpaaq National Park on the northern tip of Ellesmere Island. It’s so difficult to get to that barely 50 people visit each year.  It’s only 800 kilometres from the North Pole, and almost the furthest north landmass in the world.

Only a small bit of Greenland and small sections of Russia extend north above the 81st parallel.

Green shaded area on Ellesmere indicates Quttinirpaaq National Park
Green shaded area on Ellesmere indicates Quttinirpaaq National Park © Google Maps

But that no longer means you can’t see it, and from the comfort of home. Google streetview which has in the past couple of years been sending its cameras to other areas of the Arctic, now has gone just about as far north as one can.

You’re not going to see jets flying over you, you’re not going to meet anybody else, you’ll hardly see any other human footprints,” she said. “That sense of solitude I think is hard to find these days and that is something we can pretty much guarantee.”  Emma Upton- Park Manager

Canada’s Quttinirpaaq National Park, located just 800 kilometres south of the north pole, is now the northernmost place on Google Street View.
Canada’s Quttinirpaaq National Park, located just 800 kilometres south of the north pole, is now the northernmost place on Google Street View. © Ryan Bray

Google made a deal with Parks Canada to film some of the park over the course of several days as a Park manager and colleague carried the 23 kilo backpack mounted camera.

As to why Parks Canada got involved, Park manager Emma Upton explained to the Canadian Press, “We want people to care about the places that we protect. Bringing it into people’s homes seemed a really good idea”.

If you are inspired to visit, you first have to make your way to Resolute, a high Arctic hamlet on Cornwallis Island, and then for an additional $7,500 or so, and only once a year for a 9-12 day hike, you can board a Parks Canada Twin Otter charter flight which takes four hours to travel north to the park.

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One comment on “Google streetview maps high Arctic park
  1. Fabio Tagetti says:

    That’s the dream of one’s life! Mine for sure… one just hopes to find ice, snow and freezing temperatures as in the good ol’ days.

    Fabio Tagetti
    Legnago – Italy