New Delhi: Google is
surfing new places in the remote northern outposts of the Canada's
Arctic region with its mapping device, the search engine said in a
"Search for Cambridge Bay on Google maps and you will fly to a
tiny hamlet located deep in the Kitikmeot region of Nunavat in
Canada's Arctic circle surrounded by an intricate lacework of
tundra, waterways and breaking ice. High above the Arctic circle,
it is a place reachable only by plane or boat," Google said in a
This is farthest north that Google has reached with its map.
The isolated village of 1,500 people appears as only a handful of
streets, with names like Omingmak (ox) Street and Tigiganiak (fox)
"There are 4,000 years' worth of stories waiting to be told on
this map. It is the furthest north the Google Maps Street View
team has travelled in Canada, and our first visit to Nunavut.
Using the tools of 21st century cartography, we're empowering a
community and putting Cambridge Bay on the proverbial map of
tomorrow," Google said.
The search engine is mapping the village with the help of
residents, who hosted a community map-up event in Cambridge Bay,
where village elders, local mapping experts and teenagers from
nearby high school gathered around a dozen Chrome books and used a
Map Maker to add new roads, rivers and lakes to the Google Map of
Cambridge Bay and Canada's North.
Using both English and Inuktitut, one of Nunavut's official
languages, they added the hospital, day-care, a nine-hole golf
course, a territorial park and, finally, the remnants of an
ancient Dorset stone longhouse which pre-dates Inuit culture,
The area represents Canada's ancient Inuit culture.