If you are what you Google, Canadians are a pretty broad-minded lot.
Google has released its 17th annual survey of top-trending searches, and top-of-mind topics for Canucks in 2017 ranged from devastating hurricanes to deceased rock icons to the continuing political circus south of the border.
NEEPAWA, Man. — Thanks to modern technology, from the comfort of my couch, I can take a drive down the Champs-Élysées, through Times Square or past Stonehenge. This is all because of Google’s Street View images, which work with Google Maps to provide 360° images of locations around the world.
TORONTO — The death of a beloved actor, quadrennial sporting events, a new smartphone, and a deadly outbreak topped Google Canada’s annual list of the most popular trending search queries.
After excluding routine searches that are entered by users every day of every year — most commonly for Facebook, Google itself, and YouTube — Robin Williams was found to be the top trending search term of 2014 in Canada.
Memo to the folks at Google, please hurry up with getting those cars that drive themselves on the market. I say that because scarcely a day goes by without further evidence that not only is driving not as much fun any more, it also isn’t very safe, for a variety of reasons.
In Saskatchewan, the government is dedicating 60 police officers to enforcing driving laws. New legislation will hike up the penalties considerably higher for driving impaired, driving distracted , and of course driving too fast, also known as speeding.
(NC) — Do you ever feel a bit apprehensive about leaving the comfort of home for the uncertain terrain of the great outdoors? Trips to national parks and historic sites, for instance, often make us wonder how challenging the trails will be, or if the kids will be able to handle the elements, or exactly what the reserved campsite will look like.
Parks Canada and Google have teamed up to answer these questions so that the country’s most iconic places are accessible to everyone. Google staff says it has driven the roads, hiked the trails, visited the campgrounds, and peered into the historic rooms of over 50 national parks and national historic sites so that you can explore these destinations from the comfort of your home, before you go.
Visiting Northern Manitoba to see wild polar bears can be a once in a lifetime experience, but for those who can’t make it to Churchill, Google has brought the polar bears to you.
Frontiers North Adventures teamed up with Polar Bears International to help bring Google’s Street View to Churchill, offering the world a glimpse at the frozen tundra that Manitoba’s polar bears call home.
A Google Maps team visited Churchill in October 2013 and mounted a trekker atop a Frontiers North Adventures Tundra Buggy. The team captured over 40 kilometres of interactive panoramic photographs in November while touring Cape Churchill in Parks Canada’s Wapusk National Park.