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Wild horses who have made the island famous.

See stunning Sable Island in 360 with Google Street View


Caroline Floyd
Meteorologist

Saturday, July 16, 2016, 4:00 PM - Parks Canada and Google are teaming up to make one of the most isolated spots in Canada a little more accessible.

Remote Sable Island is one of the newest locations to be added to Google Street View, allowing visitors from all over the world to see the untamed beauty of the tiny, windswept island.

Roughly 290 km southeast of Halifax, Sable is one of Canada's furthest offshore islands. 42 km long and only 1.3 km wide at its widest point, the island is entirely made of sand and is home to more than 190 plant species, as well as one of eastern Canada's largest dune systems.


Image courtesy Google Street View

In addition to sandy vistas, Sable Island is also famous for its herd of feral horses, introduced in the 1700s, and the largest breeding colony of grey seals in the world.

Both animals can be spotted by eagle-eyed visitors as they click their way along the path trekked by a Google-trained Parks Canada employee.


Image courtesy Google Street View

The agency has been working with Google since 2013 to document Canadian sites, Parks Canada employee Danielle Hickey told the Times Colonist. "This seemed like a wonderful opportunity to allow people to connect with this very remote and also very special place," Hickey said, adding "It's a great way to help Canadians connect to our country's majestic protected areas."

As shown in the video at the top of the article, getting to the island is no easy feat. Parks Canada advises that visitors must be "self-reliant" and "responsible for your own safety", and cautions that frequent weather disruptions to air and sea travel mean even day visitors to the island should come prepared with supplies to accommodate unplanned delays.

So far, more than 200 Canadian national park locations are available for exploration via Google Street View, from the Chilkoot Trail in the Yukon, to L'Anse aux Meadows viking village in Newfoundland.

Sources: CBC News | Times Colonist | Parks Canada |

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