Google Maps offers dry tour of Niagara Falls, safe view of Buffalo Jump

It's a virtual tour of Niagara Falls -- the Maid of the Mist sans mist. Google Maps

TORONTO – Have you ever wanted to experience the Maid of the Mist tour of Niagara Falls without being dampened–sometimes drenched–by actual mist?

How about the Calgary Zoo without the line-ups or odorous animals?

Google Maps unveiled virtual visits of more than 50 new Canadian destinations in its Street View feature Tuesday.

Touting the country’s natural beauty, Google provides a look at Canada’s national and provincial parks, as well as Alberta’s Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump–a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Where the Rocky Mountain foothills meet the Great Plains, the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is one of the oldest and best-preserved buffalo jumps used by aboriginal peoples for nearly 6,000 years. Google Maps

Take a look at some photos of the new additions to Street View below, which can also be found by a name search on Google Maps, then clicking on the Street View button which will appear in a bar across the bottom of your screen. When you’re in your browser, the small yellow Street View man icon and map will appear at the bottom left of your screen, and you can click highlighted areas to get various views inside.

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B.C.’s Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is made up of Long Beach, the Broken Group Islands and the West Coast Trail. Google Maps
The Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick’s Bay of Fundy region are known as the site of the highest tides in the world. Google Maps

If you prefer indoor activities to the great outdoors, there’s also some new additions to Google’s cultural icons. If theatre is your thing, there’s Toronto’s Massey Hall, Ed Mirvish Theatre (below), and Princess of Wales Theatre.

Toronto’s Ed Mirvish Theatre (formerly the Canon) was designed by theatre architect Thomas Lamb. Google Maps

If you want to look at some museums before paying the ticket price, there’s the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum or the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, both in Ottawa.

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The Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa focuses on aviation in Canada within an international context from 1909 to today. Google Maps

Visit the Google blog for more info.

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