Google has taken its StreetView cameras to the Arctic to map the small Canadian town of Cambridge Bay, Nanavut.

Google said the small Inuit town, with a population of just 1,500, is one of the most remote locations it has covered. The company used its StreetView tricycle to map Cambridge Bay and the pictures will be online in a few months.

Cambridge Bay

Aerial view of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. Photo by Alan Sim.

The search firm was invited to the region by cartographer Chris Kulluk. He told a Canadian TV channel: “For us, it’s like inviting people to our home, and also when there’s people abroad from Cambridge Bay or Nunavut in the future they can show their friends what their home looks like and what their house is like.”

In 2010, Google took StreetView to Antarctica, extending the service to cover all of the world’s continents. Earlier this year, the search engine photographed the Antarctic huts of explorers Scott and Shackleton.

Launched in 2007, Google’s StreetView service has occasionally been controversial, with some countries expressing concern about the privacy of people who are caught by its cameras – usually without their knowledge.

Last month, Google admitted that it had failed to delete the data it collected over open WiFi networks in Britain while its StreetView cars were mapping the country. Google had repeatedly given assurances that it had deleted the data.

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