Well sort of…

If you’ve never seen Street View, click on this link to Google Maps, and notice at the top of the zoom scale on the left a little orange man. Click and drag this man onto the map, as you move the man onto the view, the roads with street view are highlighted in blue. “Drop” the man onto the street you wish to view and the screen will refresh with a view from the street level. Now you can pan, zoom, “drive” down the street, and view linked photos from users.

The Street View is only available on the Highways throughout the West Kootenays, but in larger centres such as Kelowna, Spokane, WA and Cranbrook, (as well as all the big cities), all streets have been photographed and input into the software.

One immediate use for the Street View in this region is giving friends and relatives that are visiting directions for where to turn off the highway, take a screenshot, mark it up, send them a link to Google Maps. Simple.

Published by Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas P.Eng. ENV SP, is the author of UrbanWorkbench.com and Director of Engineering at the City of Revelstoke in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada.

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