Grenfell and Broadview -
Anyone with computer access can now tour the streets of Grenfell, Broadview and other Saskatchewan towns and cities - all without leaving the comfort of their living room.
Grenfell is now accessible on Street View, a Google service that enables computer users to take a virtual tour of numerous areas within Canada and all around the globe.
The Saskatchewan images were captured by Google over the summer with special, high-tech cameras mounted to the roof of a car. The cameras are able to capture 360-degree horizontal and 290-degree vertical high-resolution images every few metres, which are then spliced together to create a seamless panoramic street-level view on Google Maps. The end result is a realistic, first-person tour.
The company uses GPS to track their positions along the way.
Users can view their area of choice on Street View by going to Google Maps and, while in satellite mode, clicking on the pegman icon above the zoom tool and dragging it to the street of their choice.
Once selected, each street view features multiple arrows which, when clicked, will transport you in that direction to the next image captured by the Google car.
Due to security and privacy concerns, the site now automatically blurs faces and licence plates, and allows users to report any inappropriate images captured.