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Woolwich is on the map – in 360-degree, high-resolution full colour.

Elmira and St. Jacobs are among 130 cities and towns in Canada that were added to Street View on Feb. 9. Major roads in Woolwich and Wellesley townships were also added at the same time.

Google’s cars have been filming in Canada since 2007, and the first images of Canadian cities, including Kitchener and Waterloo, went live on Oct. 7, 2009.

google1Google also added images of the Vancouver athlete’s village and ski slopes in Whistler, taken using a snowmobile equipped with cameras.

To view a location on Street View, search for it in Google Maps and then drag the yellow “pegman” icon in the top left corner onto the map. Areas available in Street View are highlighted in blue.

Google uses face detection technology to blur faces of people recognizable in the photos. The company announced it would blur faces and license plates after Canada’s privacy commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart, argued Street View violated Canada’s privacy laws.

A number of websites have sprung up collecting photos of odd or humorous incidents captured by Google’s cameras: people urinating in public, a man dressed as Waldo from the children’s books “Where’s Waldo,” and two Norwegian man wearing scuba gear chasing the Street View car with pitchforks.

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  1. Unfortunately, many houses have been overlooked in Elmira near Lyons Park. The Google Streetview missed the remaining houses on Kingfisher from Snow Goose Cr to Muscovey. Also, Snow Goose Cr and all of Muscovey were not included in their Steetview.

    Do you know if Google plans to come back and include theses areas?

    Thank you.

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